Michael Smerconish
Michael Smerconish's Speaking Fee $25K - $40K

Michael Smerconish

Using the perfect blend of analysis and humor, Michael Smerconish delivers an engaging, thought-provoking and balanced dialogue on today's political arena and the long-term implications of the polarization in politics.
Host of The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM, Host of CNN's Smerconish and Contributor, Newspaper Columnist and Best-Selling Author

Expertise In:

  • American Politics
  • U.S. Current Events
  • Election Forecast and Analysis
  • Media and Journalism
  • Jewish Interests

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corporations
  • Lecture Series
  • Jewish Interest Groups

Using the perfect blend of analysis and humor, Michael Smerconish delivers an engaging, thought-provoking and balanced dialogue on today's political arena and the long-term implications of the polarization in politics.

In addition to his acclaimed work as nationally syndicated radio talk show host, newspaper columnist and best-selling author, Michael Smerconish hosts CNN’s Smerconish which airs live at 9:00 am ET on Saturday mornings from New York and also provides analysis and opinion on CNN programming throughout the week. Prior to joining CNN, Smerconish was an MSNBC contributor and served as guest-host for Hardball with Chris Matthews. His presentations provide audiences with a balanced, thought-provoking and entertaining analysis of the 2016 presidential election. Smerconish details what he describes as the “rural rebellion” that led to President-Elect Donald Trump’s surprise victory. In so doing, he lends insight that could only come from someone who covered the election from start to finish daily on SiriusXM radio, and participated in CNN’s coverage of every primary, election night, party conventions, all four presidential and vice presidential debates, and spent 9 hours on set for the finale on election night. Smerconish has received numerous accolades for his talk show including the National Association of Broadcasters, which selected him as a 2011 Marconi Award finalist in the category of Best Network/Syndicated Host and TALKERS magazine, which has consistently named him one of America’s most important talk show hosts. He is the host of the Michael Smerconish Program heard exclusively on SiriusXM - POTUS Channel 124 from 9a–12p ET and re–airing again 6-9p ET. Satellite radio has over 25 million paid subscribers and more than twice as many listeners.  He was the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House. In addition to his seven interviews with President Obama including his most recent in October, 2012, Smerconish has interviewed Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter as well as Vice Presidents Joe Biden, Dick Cheney and Al Gore. He is the author of six books including two New York Times’ best sellers and his new book, TALK: A Novel (May, 2014). Smerconish’s twice-weekly column in The Philadelphia Inquirer is reprinted in various newspapers both in the U.S. and abroad and he has been a frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show, The Colbert Report, The O’Reilly Factor and Real Time with Bill Maher just to name a few. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and today is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter.

Some of the great comments we've received for Michael Smerconish:

“The Carolinas Credit Union League wanted an unparalleled experience at our 2015 Annual Meeting, including a full day of speakers. With a 2.5-hour block on politics and advocacy, it was important that we begin strongly. From introductory video to his final response during Q&A, Michael Smerconish delivered. His expert perspective and direct, entertaining style brought and kept attention on what often is a starchy, analytical, and polarizing subject. Michael’s material was up-to-the-minute and showed he thought as much our audience and bringing them together as we did of his insight.
By most every account our participants called this our best annual meeting ever, and we have Michael to thank for such great momentum through the advocacy block and the rest of the schedule. As one participant shared in an evaluation, “I could have listened to him all day!” - Carolinas Credit Union League

“As President of the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters (NJAHU), we had the opportunity to have Michael Smerconish speak to our members at our states annual conference. Michael’s presentation was entertaining, timely, and most importantly engaging. Our members were extremely happy with his presentation. Michael’s involvement with our event not only elevated the overall conference, but elevated our association as well. I strongly recommend having Michael as keynote speaker.” - New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters

“Michael Smerconish served as the closing speaker at our annual convention. He was extremely well-received and provided an engaging and insightful bi-partisan view on the current status of the issues facing our nation and its implications for the future. In addition, he was very easy to work with in the pre-event planning. I would definitely have Michael talk with our members again!” - Missouri Hospital Association

“At the Fall dinner meeting of the Bar Association of Lehigh County our guest speaker was Michael Smerconish. Everyone was delighted with his presentation. It was timely, informative and entertaining. The question and answer session following was lively, fun and the best we have had in recent memory. Before, during and after the event Mr. Smerconish was very accommodating and personable. Everyone was left wanting more.” - Bar Association of Lehigh County

“Michael made an excellent presentation at our Annual Board Meeting. He was extremely well received. His thoughtful, timely, and relevant presentation kept everyone’s attention. His warm and personal insights offered during his comments were enjoyed by all.” - Anti-Defamation League

“Smerconish was fresh, entertaining and engaging. A genuine storyteller who connected with our audience from start to finish, Michael walked our audience behind the scenes of the media, between the aisles of Washington and into the everyday life of Michael Smerconish. We walked away with a better understanding of the polarizing views dividing our nation and a deeper appreciation that not every issue has to be black and white, us versus them. Most of all, we discovered that the simple conversational things about our lives are what matter most and make for the most interesting dialogue. Our attendees have seen many keynotes, and we wanted to give them something slightly different, something they haven’t seen or heard before. Michael gave us all of that and more. As a result, both NASCO and Michael have expanded our fan base.” – NASCO

“Michael was able to address a diverse group of senior executives and directors on current U.S politics in a very candid and direct way. His views are clearly well informed, and perhaps more importantly, heartfelt and authentic. Great job…” - Milestone Partners

“Michael spoke at our Annual Conference & Expo, to an audience of homeowners and managers in condo and homeowner associations. His speech focused on the polarization in politics and the increasing lack of civil discourse in America. Our audience loved Michael’s presentation and found it extremely relevant to their every day experiences. One of our attendees called his speech “Absolutely one of the best keynote addresses I have heard. Intelligent, engaging and thought-provoking.” Nothing makes a conference organizer more satisfied than attendees who believe the event was engaging and thought-provoking. Smerconish delivered on all counts.” - Community Associations Institute

“As our keynote Radio Show luncheon speaker, Michael Smerconish was most well received by our radio broadcasters from different market sizes across America. His passion for radio’s responsibility to our listeners came through as he encouraged productive bipartisan dialogue.” - National Association of Broadcasters

Featured Videos

Michael Smerconish's Speech Topics

Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: American Life in Columns

Based on and inspired by his book of the same name, Michael Smerconish, through his political research and unique experiences, talks to audiences about why he believes that the American political divide has been greatly exaggerated by those with a motivation to perpetuate polarization.  As characterized by Foreward Reviews: "Michael Smerconish’s collection is compelling and entertaining—not as a filtering of daily news through a predictable ideological lens, but as a group of insightful entries into conversations about current events and issues….This sampling of Smerconish’s columns exemplifies the kind of discourse, based on reason and evidence, that makes a newspaper, in print or online, indispensable to citizens of democracy."

Smerconish's common sense often sets him apart from today’s media provocateurs. His optimistic outlook, derived from his political research and unique experiences, is a message for our times: that the American political divide has been greatly exaggerated by those with a motivation to perpetuate polarization. At ease in front of live audiences, he’s a master at telling political stories, and can be equally passionate when discussing such disparate subjects as family pets, lessons learned from yard sales and why he disfavors the torturous SAT exam. 

Works by Michael Smerconish

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Morning Drive (opens in a new tab)

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Instinct (opens in a new tab)

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Muzzled (opens in a new tab)

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Flying Blind (opens in a new tab)

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