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.

Michael Smerconish is a SiriusXM radio host, CNN television host, author, and public speaker. Smerconish has extensive experience speaking to live audiences and his remarks usually touch upon the political issues of the day. A registered Independent and passionate centrist, Smerconish has the rare ability to address audiences of all political persuasion without alienating anyone in the room. Smerconish hosts a daily radio program on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel, 124, from 9a.m. to Noon ET. His eponymous CNN program airs internationally at 9:00 am ET on Saturday mornings, and he offers opinion and analysis on CNN programming throughout the week. Prior to joining CNN, Smerconish was an MSNBC contributor who served as guest-host for Hardball with Chris Matthews, and he guest-hosted the Radio Factor for Bill O’Reilly. His presentations provide audiences with a balanced, thought-provoking and entertaining analysis of the political arena.

In addition to his acclaimed work as national radio talk show host and television personality, Smerconish is the subject of a recently released full-length film: “Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking” where he reflects on his three decades in the media. Smerconish shares funny anecdotes from his time behind a microphone and explains the connection between a partisan media and the increasing divide in Washington. CNN aired portions of this performance worldwide as a one-hour special on July 11, 2020. The full-length version was released on December 8, 2020 by Virgil Films on VOM and DVD.

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, 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 seven books including two New York Times’ best sellers. His latest book (released in 2018) is titled Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: American Life in Columns. "Clowns" is a compilation of a selection of the newspaper columns he published in the first 15 years following 9/11. He has appeared on countless television programs where politics are discussed, including The View, Today Show, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Maher just to name a few. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lehigh University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and today is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter.

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Michael Smerconish's Speech Topics

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking

Reflecting on his three decades in the media, Smerconish shares funny anecdotes from his time behind a microphone and explains the connection between a partisan media and the increasing divide in Washington. When the pandemic hit in March of 2020, Smerconish was about to embark on a new nationwide tour called "Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking," a one-man show commemorating his 30th anniversary in talk radio. When several sold- out dates had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, Smerconish commandeered a historic playhouse and with the benefit of a television film crew, delivered his presentation “live” in front of 400 empty seats. CNN aired portions of this performance worldwide as a one-hour special on July 11, 2020 and the full-length version was released on VOM and DVD in December 2020.

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