Bill Press

This article is about a talk show host. For astrophysicist, see William H. Press. For Olympic wrestler, see William J. Press.
Bill Press
Chairman of the California Democratic Party
In office
April 3, 1993  February 22, 1996
Preceded by Phil Angelides
Succeeded by Arthur Torres
Personal details
Born William H. Press
(1940-04-08) April 8, 1940
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Occupation Talk radio host, political commentator, author

William H. "Bill" Press (born April 8, 1940)[1] is an American talk radio host, liberal political commentator, and author.[2] He was chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996.


Born in Wilmington, Delaware and raised in Delaware City, Delaware,[1][3] Press was educated at Salesianum School, a private Roman Catholic secondary school in Wilmington, in 1958,[4] 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.[5]

Life and career

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.[6]

In politics

Press was the chair of the California Democratic Party from 1993-96.[7]

He previously served in different appointed positions such as a chief of staff to Republican California State Senator Peter Behr from 1971-73, and as director of the California Office of Planning and Research under Democratic Governor Jerry Brown from 1975-79. On February 22, 1996, he resigned from the California Democratic Party and was succeeded by former Assembly member Arthur Torres.[8]

Radio talk show

Since September 2005, Press has been hosting a daily liberal talk radio program which is broadcast on terrestrial radio affiliates in the United States live from 6-9 AM ET. Originally syndicated by Jones Radio, the radio show is now syndicated by Dial Global. It is also heard on satellite radio and streamed live from the show's website. On March 5, 2012, his radio show was announced to be simulcast on Current TV alongside The Stephanie Miller Show as part of morning programming[9] As a result of Current TV becoming Al Jazeera America, The Bill Press Show moved to Free Speech TV.


Press was steeped in Catholicism from an early age. He was an altar boy and took vows of obedience, poverty and chastity. He describes his young self as a "soldier in God's army".[10]



  1. 1 2 Lindsay, Greg (July 20, 2004). "So What Do You Do, Bill Press?". Media Bistro. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  2. Press, Bill (June 3, 1993). "Shame, Shame on the 2-Faced State GOP : Riordan's friends, once fighters for the right to endorse in nonpartisan contests, get a court to muzzle Democrats for Woo.". Los Angeles Times.
  3. Deitz, Corey. "A Profile of Radio Personality Bill Press". Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  4. "Campaign Leadership". Salesianum School. Archived from the original on July 27, 2012.
  5. "Bill Press". Tribune Media Services. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
  6. Tommy Christopher (January 31, 2012). "Bill Press Hosts Current TV's Florida Primary Coverage On Countdown". Mediaite. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  7. Stall, Bill; Decker, Cathleen (April 4, 1993). "Youth Movement Stirs Up State Democratic Party: Convention: Commentator Bill Press of Los Angeles is elected new chairman.". Los Angeles Times.
  8. Decker, Cathleen (February 23, 1996). "Press Quits as State Democrat Party Head". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  9. David Lieberman (March 5, 2012). "Current TV To Enter AM News Competition With Radio's Bill Press And Stephanie Miller". Deadline New York.
  10. Press, Bill. "Confessions of a former celibate". Tribune Media Services. Archived from the original on December 20, 2003.

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