Wednesday's guest: Roll Call executive editor Mort Kondracke

Morton Kondracke, a 37-year veteran journalist, has covered Washington and nearly every phase of American politics and foreign policy for 32 years. Mr. Kondracke has reported in every medium from newspapers and magazines to TV and radio.

In October 1996, Mr. Kondracke joined the Fox team and became co-host of The Beltway Boys, along with Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard in 1998. Mr. Kondracke is one of the most sought after political commentators in the country. He served 16 years as a regular panelist on the NBC/PBS public affairs show, The McLaughlin Group, seen on over 350 stations nationwide.

Before becoming the executive editor and columnist of Roll Call, the Hill’s feisty independent newspaper, Mr. Kondracke served as executive editor and senior editor of The New Republic from 1977-1991. He was Washington bureau chief of Newsweek and was a regular panelist on This Week with David Brinkley, and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

He received The Washington Post "Crystal Ball Award" in 1994 for predicting the Republican takeover of Congress and was runner-up in 1996. Mr. Kondracke serves as a board member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Mr. Kondracke graduated from Dartmouth College and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.