John Avlon & Margaret Hoover

Top political analysts, bestselling authors, and CNN luminaries John Avlon and Margaret Hoover bring fresh energy to longstanding debates with wit and wisdom. Avlon is a staunch Independent and Hoover is a proud Republican, and together they tackle the upcoming election cycle and the changing political and media landscapes.

Many-time bestselling author, columnist, and commentator John Avlon has been called “a trusted, grounded, and welcome voice” emphasizing bipartisanship and real solutions. Avlon is a Senior Political Analyst and Anchor at CNN, known for his “Reality Check” segments across the network. He is an award-winning columnist and the author of Independent NationWingnutsWashington’s Farewell, and Lincoln & the Fight for Peace. Avlon is also a co-founder of No Labels – a group of Democrats, Republicans and Independents dedicated to the politics of problem-solving and making government work again.

Political commentator, bestselling author, and gay rights activist Margaret Hoover is the host of PBS’ Firing Line with Margaret Hoover – a smart, civil, and engaging contest of ideas. Ms. Hoover is the bestselling author of American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party and President of American Unity Fund – a political organization focused on achieving full freedom and equality for LGBT Americans. Ms. Hoover has served in The White House under President George W. Bush, in the Department of Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill and on two presidential campaigns.

Avlon and Hoover go beyond the partisan discourse with substantive insights and reasoned points of view. Together, they share how audiences can listen and work together across differences.

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John Avlon

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  • Senior Political Analyst and Anchor, CNN
  • Bestselling Author of "Washington's Farewell," "Wingnuts'," and "Lincoln & the Fight for Peace"
  • Former Editor-In-Chief of The Daily Beast

Many-time bestselling author, columnist, and commentator John Avlon has been called “a trusted, grounded, and welcome voice” emphasizing bipartisanship and real solutions. Avlon is a Senior Political Analyst and Anchor at CNN, known for his “Reality Check” segments across the network. He is an award-winning columnist and the author of Independent NationWingnutsWashington’s Farewell, and Lincoln & the Fight for Peace as well as co-editor of the acclaimed Deadline Artists journalism anthologies. He was the editor-in-chief and managing director of The Daily Beast between 2013 and 2018 and served as chief speechwriter for the Mayor of New York. Avlon’s essay, “The Resilient City” was selected to conclude Empire City: New York through the Centuries and won acclaim as “the single best essay written in the wake of 9/11.”

Avlon has appeared multiple times on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Daily Show, PBS, and C-Span. He has spoken at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the National Constitution Center, and other civic organizations around the nation. Avlon is also a co-founder of No Labels – a group of Democrats, Republicans and Independents dedicated to the politics of problem-solving and making government work again. Highly regarded for his shrewd analysis of the headlines of the day, offering historic perspective on the current political climate of the U.S., and the role of journalism in politics, Avlon offers reasoned discourse that focuses on real solutions.

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Margaret Hoover

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  • Host of PBS' 'Firing Line with Margaret Hoover'
  • Political Analyst and Contributor to CNN
  • Bestselling Author of 'American Individualism'
  • President of American Unity Fund – a political organization focused on achieving full freedom and equality for LGBT Americans

Political commentator, bestselling author, and gay rights activist Margaret Hoover is the host of PBS’ Firing Line with Margaret Hoovera smart, civil, and engaging contest of ideas. Firing Line is a public affairs, multi-platform program that engages in long-form interviews and a rigorous exchange of ideas with the guiding principle that civil discourse is a civic responsibility. A CNN contributor, Ms. Hoover has served in The White House under President George W. Bush, in the Department of Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill and on two presidential campaigns. A gifted analyst and moderator, Ms. Hoover connects with a broad audience to amplify bipartisan solutions to the pressing challenges facing American businesses and individuals.

Ms. Hoover is the bestselling author of American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party, and her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe New York Daily NewsThe Daily BeastCNN.com, and FoxNews.com. She is the President of American Unity Fund – a political organization focused on achieving full freedom and equality for LGBT Americans. Ms. Hoover serves on the boards of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, the Hoover Presidential Foundation, the Belgian American Educational Foundation, The Markle Foundation, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. A persuasive and impassioned speaker, Ms. Hoover brings a unique perspective to topics including individualism, the future of politics, and more.

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In this smart and engaging conversation, top political analysts and bestselling authors John Avlon and Margaret Hoover tackle the upcoming election cycle and the changing political and media landscapes, and more. Avlon is a staunch Independent and Hoover is a proud Republican, and together they brin ...

In this smart and engaging conversation, top political analysts and bestselling authors John Avlon and Margaret Hoover tackle the upcoming election cycle and the changing political and media landscapes, and more. Avlon is a staunch Independent and Hoover is a proud Republican, and together they bring fresh energy to longstanding debates with wit and wisdom.

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John Avlon & Margaret Hoover: The political media power couple uniting U.S. Americans in divided times 

Political power couple JOHN AVLON and MARGARET HOOVER have dedicated their lives to fostering civil conversations across political divides. Avlon, an outspoken centrist, and Hoover, a moderate Republican, bridge party lines daily at the kitchen table. Hoover’s experience working in the George W. Bush White House, on Capitol Hill, on two presidential campaigns, and at the Department of Homeland Security have informed her knowledge of policy making and national politics. She is pro-choice and supports LGBT freedom and seeks for the GOP to draw on the intellectual history of the modern American conservative movement while meeting the challenges of today with new policy solutions. She is also an advocate of election reforms that will allow the GOP to appeal to a broader group of Americans and become a competitive national party once again.

John Avlon, a Senior Political Analyst and Anchor at CNN, is known for his ability to engage audiences across the aisle. The Charleston Library Society said, “The single most popular and compelling speaker we have hosted over the last 14 years has been John Avlon. Not only is he remarkably articulate, profoundly thoughtful and balanced in his intellectual perspectives, but his charm, humor and accessibility produce overwhelming accolades at every presentation." Avlon’s unique skill in weaving real stories into his calls for solution-oriented political conversation contribute to his success both as a political commentator in media and for live events.  

Together, Avlon and Hoover delight audiences with stories of U.S. history, ranging from Avlon’s love of Lincoln and George Washington to Hoover’s heritage as U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s great-granddaughter (yes, their home is full of presidential memorabilia). Most importantly, the pair leverages stories of the nation’s past to convey the patriotic truth that there is always more that unites us than divides us as Americans. This fuels their passionate banter and deep belief in the importance of bipartisanship and moving our national conversation from problems to solutions while finding common ground.

Watch John Avlon’s keynote on “Citizenship by Choice” >> 

Watch highlights of Margaret Hoover on PBS’ Firing Line >> 

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John Avlon 's Biography

John Avlon is an author, columnist and commentator. He is a senior political analyst and anchor at CNN, known for his "Reality Check" segments across the network. From 2013 to 2018, he was the editor-in-chief and managing director of The Daily Beast, during which time the site’s traffic more than doubled to over one million readers a day while winning 17 journalism awards.  He is the author of the books Lincoln and the Fight for Peace, Independent Nation, Wingnuts, and Washington’s Farewell as well as co-editor of the acclaimed Deadline Artists journalism anthologies. Avlon served as chief speechwriter to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for best online column in 2012.

After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, he and his team were responsible for writing the eulogies for all firefighters and police officers murdered in the destruction of the World Trade Center. Avlon’s essay on the attacks, “The Resilient City” concluded the anthology Empire City: New York through the Centuries and won acclaim as “the single best essay written in the wake of 9/11.”

His first book, Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics was described by Barron’s as “a rewarding portrait of a political trend the established parties have tried to ignore” and hailed by TheModerateVoice.com as “the best political book ever on American centrist voters.”

Wingnuts: How The Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America was praised by President Bill Clinton, who said “Wingnuts offers a clear and comprehensive review of the forces on the outer edges of the political spectrum that shape and distort our political debate. Shedding more heat than light they drive frustrated alienated citizens away from the reasoned discourse that can produce real solutions to our problems.”

The two Deadline Artists anthologies, which Avlon co-edited with Jesse Angelo and Errol Louis won acclaim from the Washington Post as “one of the greatest collections of newspaper articles ever compiled” while the American Journalism Review described it as “the most addictive journalism book ever.”

Avlon has appeared on The Daily Show, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CNN, Real Time with Bill Maher, PBS, and C-Span.  He has spoken at the Kennedy School of Government, the Citadel, the State Department’s visiting journalist program, and civic organizations around the nation.

He serves on the board of Citizens Union of New York and The Bronx Academy of Letters as well as the advisory board of the Theodore Roosevelt Association.  He was appointed to the New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee in 2011.  Avlon is also a co-founder of No Labels – a group of Democrats, Republicans and Independents dedicated to the politics of problem-solving and making government work again.

In a profile, author Stephen Marshall wrote “Avlon talks about politics the way ESPN anchors wrap up sports highlights.” Columnist Kathleen Parker wrote, “Americans who are fed up with the Ann Coulter/Michael Moore school of debate and are looking for someone to articulate a commonsense, middle path, may have found their voice in John Avlon.”

He is married to Margaret Hoover, the author of American Individualism and host of PBS’s Firing Line. The New York Times says, “Their telegenic union may be a lesson in overcoming the orthodoxies that divide us.” They live in New York City with their son, Jack and daughter, Toula Lou.

Margaret Hoover's Biography

Margaret Hoover is the host of PBS’ Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, a public affairs, multi-platform program that engages in long-form interviews and a rigorous exchange of ideas with the guiding principle that civil discourse is a civic responsibility.

A CNN contributor, Ms. Hoover has served in The White House under President George W. Bush, in the Department of Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill and on two presidential campaigns. She is the President of American Unity Fund, a political organization focused on achieving full freedom and equality for LGBT Americans. A bestselling author, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Daily Beast, CNN.com and FoxNews.com.

Ms. Hoover serves on the boards of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, the Hoover Presidential Foundation, the Belgian American Educational Foundation, The Markle Foundation, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Raised in Colorado, Hoover has lived in China, Mexico, Bolivia, and Taiwan, speaks fluent Spanish, and studied Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Hoover lives in New York City with her husband John Avlon and their two children.