Paul Begala

Political Commentator, CNN

Paul Begala is a political commentator, a professor of public policy, an author, and political strategist.

He is a commentator for CNN, where he is part of the political team that has won both an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. His commentary and analysis can be seen on CNN shows including AC 360, Cuomo PrimeTime, OutFront with Erin Burnett, and The Lead with Jake Tapper. He also writes an opinion column that appears on CNN.com. With over 200,000 Twitter followers, Paul has a robust social media presence as well.

Paul is the author of five books about politics, several of which were New York Times bestseller. He has been a columnist for Newsweek as well. In the 1990’s Paul helped his friend John F. Kennedy, Jr. launch the political magazine George and wrote the “Capitol Hillbilly” column.

Paul has taught at three universities: The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught in the School of Journalism; the University of Georgia, where he taught in the School of Law; and Georgetown University, where he has been an Affiliated Professor of Public Policy in the McCourt School of Public Policy for 18 years.

Begala burst on the political scene in 1992 as a senior strategist for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. He served as Counselor to the President in the White House, helping coordinate policy, politics, and media. Before working for Pres. Clinton, Paul worked on Capitol Hill and advised campaigns across America. In 2016 he played a crucial role in the Obama-Biden re-election campaign.

Paul has also done campaign work overseas, including in Israel, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Former President Bill Clinton described his longtime friend and former aide as, “a witty dynamo from Sugar Land, Texas…who brought energy, focus and credibility to our efforts.”