|Chair of the California Democratic Party|
April 3, 1993 - February 22, 1996
William H. Press
April 8, 1940
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
|Occupation||Talk radio host, political commentator, author|
William H. Press (born April 8, 1940) is an American talk radio host, liberal political commentator, and author. He was chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996, and is a regular CNN political contributor. His weekly column is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised in Delaware City, Delaware, Press was educated at Salesianum School, a private Roman Catholic secondary school in Wilmington, in 1958, followed by Niagara University from which he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, and the University of Fribourg in which he gained a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree.
Press started his broadcasting career in Los Angeles for TV stations KABC-TV and KCOP-TV. He has worked as a political commentator for CNN and MSNBC. He is best known for co-hosting CNN's Spin Room opposite Tucker Carlson, and Crossfire and MSNBC's Buchanan and Press.
Since May 2005, Press has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post. He also contributes blogs to The Hill. In January 2012, Press filled in for Keith Olbermann on Current TV's coverage of the Florida GOP primary elections.
He previously served in different appointed positions such as a chief of staff to Republican California State Senator Peter Behr (1971-73), and as director of the California Office of Planning and Research under Democratic Governor Jerry Brown (1975-79). On February 22, 1996, he resigned from the California Democratic Party and was succeeded by former Assembly member Arthur Torres.
Since September 2005, Press has been hosting a daily liberal talk radio program, The Bill Press Show, which has been part of The Young Turks Network since 2016. It is heard on satellite radio, streamed live from the show's website, and available from the show's YouTube channel.
It was formerly broadcast on terrestrial radio affiliates in the United States live from 6-9 AM ET. Originally syndicated by Jones Radio, the radio show was syndicated by Dial Global until 2017. On March 5, 2012, the show was announced to be simulcast on Current TV alongside The Stephanie Miller Show as part of morning programming. As a result of Current TV becoming Al Jazeera America, The Bill Press Show moved to Free Speech TV, where it stayed until its move to The Young Turks Network in 2016. As part of the move to the Turks, terrestrial syndication of the program was dropped in January 2017 (except for WCPT-AM Chicago).