Joan Walsh

  • Author, What’s the Matter with White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America,
  • MSNBC Political Analyst
  • Editor at Large, Salon.com
  • Former Salon Editor-in-Chief

Joan Walsh is editor-at-large for Salon.com, the pioneering, award-winning Web site, and an MSNBC political analyst. She is the author of What's the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America, which the Philadelphia Daily News called “one of the best books of 2012 – and even more relevant now.”

Salon's editor in chief for six years, Walsh is a regular on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation, All In with Chris Hayes and The Ed Show. She has appeared on many other national shows including Real Time with Bill Maher and Now on PBS.

 
  

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Joan Walsh shows how America built a large and vibrant (although mostly white) middle class that fueled the greatest economic boom in history and made a reality of the American dream. Hers is the story of postwar America told through a working

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Inventing the Next America: How Racial Diversity Strengthens the Nation

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Understanding the Obama Coalition

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How to Talk to White People

Approaching America’s newest minority with care and respect, not scorn and contempt. ...

Approaching America’s newest minority with care and respect, not scorn and contempt.

How Hillary Clinton Can Learn From Her 2008 Mistakes—and Win in 2016

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How Government Built the Great American Middle Class—and How It Can Do It Again

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What Do Women Want? Understanding the Women's Vote from 1920 through 2016

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Putting the Country Back Together Again

Here comes the 50th anniversary of 1965, the year the country fell apart. Here's how we can understand what happened, and put the country back together again ...

Here comes the 50th anniversary of 1965, the year the country fell apart. Here's how we can understand what happened, and put the country back together again

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Joan Walsh is National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, and an MSNBC political analyst. She is the author of What's the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America, which the Philadelphia Daily News called “one of the best books of 2012 – and even more relevant now.” Hardball host Chris Matthews called it ‘Engaging, thoughtful, provocative, utterly persuasive.”

Walsh was the editor-in-chief of Salon.com, the pioneering, award-winning political and cultural Web Site, as well as its first news editor and a longtime editor at large. She is a regular on MSNBC’s "Hardball with Chris Matthews," and “All In with Chris Hayes.” She has appeared on many other national shows including "Real Time with Bill Maher" and “The News Hour” and "Now" on PBS. She writes regularly on American politics, feminism and issues of economic opportunity and income inequality.

Before her time at Salon, she worked as a consultant on education and poverty issues for community groups and foundations, including the Rockefeller Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation. She's written for publications ranging from Vogue to the Nation, and for newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. An avid baseball fan, she's the co-author of Splash Hit: The Pacific Bell Park Story, about the building of the San Francisco Giants legendary waterfront baseball stadium. Walsh lives in New York.