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Senior writer for The Weekly Standard, Stephen Hayes is a must-read reporter that delivers up-to-the-minute news regarding national politics, international affairs and the country's current political leadership. He is a regular member of the "FOX News All Stars" on the network's signature news broadcast, Special Report with Bret Baier.

Throughout the years Hayes has broken various stories of political impact including Mitt Romney’s choice of running mate, Paul Ryan, and a series of stories revealing new information about the Benghazi attacks. He is the author of two New York Times best sellers: The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America and Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President.

Before joining FOX, Hayes was part of CNN's "Best Political Team on Television," which won a "Peabody Award" for its coverage of the 2008 elections. He also served for six years as Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. Hayes’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Reason, National Review and many other publications.

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    Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard and a FOX News Contributor. He has reported extensively on the 2012 presidential elections from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and many other key Republican primary states. His recent interview with Mitt Romney generated wide discussion about Romney’s views on the size and scope of government and his potential running mates. Hayes has interviewed many of those most frequently mentioned as possible additions to the Republican ticket, including Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels, Rob Portman, John Thune, Tim Pawlenty and others.


    Hayes is the author of two New York Times best sellers: The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America and Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President.


    His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Reason, National Review and many other publications. Hayes has written extensively about national politics, international affairs and the country’s current political leadership.


    Hayes is a regular member of the “FOX News All Stars” on Special Report with Bret Baier, frequent panelist on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Before joining FOX, Hayes was part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television,” which won a Peabody Award for its coverage of the 2008 elections. Other media appearances have included: NPR’s Talk of the Nation, TODAY, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, ABC’s “This Week,” FOX News Sunday, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Hardball with Chris Matthews, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.


    Hayes is a native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He studied public policy at Georgetown University and received his MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He previously worked as a senior writer at National Journal’s Hotline and as director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. He lives near Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, three children and their black lab.


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Stephen Hayes discusses a blunder he made on live television that not only converted him into a better reporter, but also opened his eyes to the power and responsibility journalists have to the country – and how many of his professional colleagues are failing to meet that responsibility. He had accepted an invitation to appear as a panelist on The McLaughlin Group two hours before it was being filmed. During the session, he received a question regarding cloning – an issue he knew nothing about – and admittedly gave “the most vapid answer in the history of political commentary.”

He began to pay more attention to headlines and bylines afterward with the intent of staying on top of his field; however, he quickly realized his field was a big part of the nation’s problems. “Our low-information voters are getting their information from low-information journalists,” he assesses, offering up some of the headlines he collected. “‘Federal Agents Raid Gun Shop, Find Weapons,’ ‘Homicide Victims Rarely Talk to Police’, and ‘Statistics Show Teen Pregnancy Drops Off Significantly After 25.’”


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An iconic conservative journalist, Stephen Hayes dedicates his career to bringing audiences the crucial information they need to know to make informed choices and steer the country in the right direction. Hayes makes substantive content accessible driven by his belief that it is the responsibility of reporters to keep voters from all backgrounds informed about the political issues and current affairs that matter the most.

Hayes tailors his presentations specifically to each audience and speaks on the following topics:

    The Political Landscape in Washington
    Many questions remain unanswered regarding the future of the country-and both parties need take an active part in solutions to tackling the difficult issues ahead. What is the agenda for a second Obama Administration and will he be able to work with a divided Congress? On what issues will both parties be able to work together? Does the Tea Party movement have any staying power? What do the battles on Capitol Hill reveal about the political fortunes of the two major political parties? Hayes answers these questions with the detailed knowledge of a political scientist and the on-the-trail experience of a veteran campaign reporter. His presentation provides an up-to-the-minute report on the issues and players of our political system.

    US National Security in the Age of Obama
    The War on Terror is over and yet the United States continues to fight in Afghanistan. Democrats claim that the Bush administration’s national security policies made the nation less safe; Republicans criticize the Obama Administration for stepping back from the aggressive national security posture that prevented attacks for eight years after 9/11. With the keen eye of a reporter who has filed stories from Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and numerous European capitals, Hayes brings knowledge and experience to his presentation on international affairs and US national security.

Additional Topics Include:
  • GOP Chaos: The Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party
  • The Obama Legacy: Barack Obama's Presidency and Its Enduring Impact
  • US Foreign Policy and the Obama Doctrine


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    "I highly recommend Stephen Hayes for your next event. Stephen had sharp insights on the highly charged environment in Washington, D.C. and the political and economic implications across the country. With strong wit and engaging stories, he captured the audience's attention and provided information that will help our executives look over the horizon. As a speaker, Stephen was a delight to work with, customized his session for our stakeholders, and received outstanding reviews. Book Stephen Hayes today!"
    - Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

    "Stephen Hayes’ viewpoints and insights on the energy positions by President Obama and Mitt Romney led to a very informative discussion on the challenges, opportunities and strategic decisions that are currently being faced by the major segments of the energy industry."
    - American Gas Association




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    "I highly recommend Stephen Hayes for your next event. Stephen had sharp insights on the highly charged environment in Washington, D.C. and the political and economic implications across the country. With strong wit and engaging stories, he captured the audience's attention and provided information that will help our executives look over the horizon. As a speaker, Stephen was a delight to work with, customized his session for our stakeholders, and received outstanding reviews. Book Stephen Hayes today!"
    - Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

    "Stephen Hayes’ viewpoints and insights on the energy positions by President Obama and Mitt Romney led to a very informative discussion on the challenges, opportunities and strategic decisions that are currently being faced by the major segments of the energy industry."
    - American Gas Association


The Connection

Stephen Hayes draws on CIA debriefings, top-secret memos from our national intelligence agencies, and interviews with Iraqi military leaders and Washington insiders to demonstrate that Saddam and bin Laden not only could work together, they did -- a curious relationship that stretches back more than a decade and may include collaboration on terrorist acts, chemical-weapons training, and sheltering some of the world's most wanted radicals.

Stephen Hayes's bombshell Weekly Standard piece on this topic was cited by Vice President Cheney as the "best source of information" about the Saddam-al Qaeda connections. Now Hayes delves even deeper, exposing the inner workings of America's deadliest opponents and providing a clear-eyed corrective to reams of underreported, politicized, and just plain wrong information.

The Connection is both a gripping snapshot of the War on Terror and a case study in how bureaucratic assumptions and media arrogance can put us all at risk.


Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President

For all of his influence, the world knows very little about Dick Cheney. The most powerful vice president in U.S. history has also been the most secretive and guarded of all public officials. "Am I the evil genius in the corner that nobody ever sees come out of his hole?" Cheney asked rhetorically in 2004. "It's a nice way to operate, actually."

Now, in Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President, New York Times bestselling author and Weekly Standard senior writer Stephen F. Hayes offers readers a groundbreaking view into the world of this most enigmatic man. Having had exclusive access to Cheney himself, Hayes draws upon hundreds of interviews with the vice president, his boyhood friends, political mentors, family members, reticent staffers, and senior Bush administration officials, to deliver a comprehensive portrait of one of the most important political figures in modern times. With exhaustive reporting, Hayes shines a light into the shadows of the Bush administration and finds a very different Dick Cheney from the one America thinks it knows.

    The Political Landscape in Washington
    Many questions remain unanswered regarding the future of the country-and both parties need take an active part in solutions to tackling the difficult issues ahead. What is the agenda for a second Obama Administration and will he be able to work with a divided Congress? On what issues will both parties be able to work together? Does the Tea Party movement have any staying power? What do the battles on Capitol Hill reveal about the political fortunes of the two major political parties? Hayes answers these questions with the detailed knowledge of a political scientist and the on-the-trail experience of a veteran campaign reporter. His presentation provides an up-to-the-minute report on the issues and players of our political system.

    US National Security in the Age of Obama
    The War on Terror is over and yet the United States continues to fight in Afghanistan. Democrats claim that the Bush administration’s national security policies made the nation less safe; Republicans criticize the Obama Administration for stepping back from the aggressive national security posture that prevented attacks for eight years after 9/11. With the keen eye of a reporter who has filed stories from Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and numerous European capitals, Hayes brings knowledge and experience to his presentation on international affairs and US national security.

Additional Topics Include:
  • GOP Chaos: The Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party
  • The Obama Legacy: Barack Obama's Presidency and Its Enduring Impact
  • US Foreign Policy and the Obama Doctrine


Keynote Speech


Stephen Hayes discusses a blunder he made on live television that not only converted him into a better reporter, but also opened his eyes to the power and responsibility journalists have to the country – and how many of his professional colleagues are failing to meet that responsibility. He had accepted an invitation to appear as a panelist on The McLaughlin Group two hours before it was being filmed. During the session, he received a question regarding cloning – an issue he knew nothing about – and admittedly gave “the most vapid answer in the history of political commentary.”

He began to pay more attention to headlines and bylines afterward with the intent of staying on top of his field; however, he quickly realized his field was a big part of the nation’s problems. “Our low-information voters are getting their information from low-information journalists,” he assesses, offering up some of the headlines he collected. “‘Federal Agents Raid Gun Shop, Find Weapons,’ ‘Homicide Victims Rarely Talk to Police’, and ‘Statistics Show Teen Pregnancy Drops Off Significantly After 25.’”