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Carl Jeffers
Carl Jeffers is an editorial contributor to The Huffington Post, and he has also been an editorial contributor to The Seattle Times. Jeffers is a nationally renowned Television political commentator, radio talk show host, lecturer, political analyst and featured speaker and consultant. The Seattle Times serves the entire Northwest Washington state area, and the HuffingtonPost website is a site that has rapidly become one of the premier progressive oriented philosophy sites on the internet.

Jeffers is a political analyst for KIRO radio, one of the top rated stations in the Seattle market and the CBS affiliate for that market. In addition to providing political analysis and commentary on various formats and shows on the KIRO line-up, Jeffers now appears weekly in the “Week in Review” segment of the top rated Dave Ross show on the station as well. Jeffers has also provided political analysis and commentary for radio stations KABC in Los Angeles and KLSD in San Diego. Jeffers has also “guest hosted” on KABC, the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles and one of the top two stations in the number two radio market in America today.

For almost five years, Carl Jeffers hosted his own regular radio talk commentary show on KIRO radio in Seattle. The show, titled “On Fire with Carl Jeffers”, developed a reputation and following as an increasingly popular staple of passionate yet moderate and balanced talk show commentary in the Northwest.

In a recent development, along with continuing his Seattle KIRO affiliation, Carl Jeffers has also joined the Clear Channel network, the nation’s largest owner of radio stations, as their official fill-in guest host for all locally hosted shows on their AM Progressive Talk AM 1150 station in Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest radio market. This position was created especially for Carl Jeffers to bring him into the Clear Channel family with every expectation of a broader opportunity developing in the future. Jeffers has also guest hosted for Clear Channel’s AM760 Progressive Talk station in the Denver, Colorado market as well.

Carl Jeffers has also been featured as a guest host on the AIR AMERICA radio network, syndicated throughout the country, and Jeffers is a regular contributor to the liberal Radio One Syndicated Network, appearing as both a political commentator and analyst as well as a guest show host, while also regularly contributing to the conservative Christian Evangelical oriented KCBI network in Dallas, TX. They refer to Jeffers as “their favorite Liberal.”

Jeffers is currently a frequent regular “guest political commentator” on the DON IMUS morning radio show airing nationwide. Jeffers has become a “favorite” on the IMUS show and the Show features him not only for his insight and commentary but also for the engaging chemistry that Jeffers and Imus have developed over time.

Jeffers serves as a political analyst for Northwest Cable News TV in Seattle and has also provided political commentary for KING 5 TV, the NBC local affiliate in Seattle.

The above activity commitments establish Carl Jeffers as someone very much “keyed in” to the pulse of the nation, and that connection and broad reach provides a voice and geographic perspective that provides significant commentary balance from an ideological perspective and geographical as well.

On the national scene, Jeffers is a recognized political and social topic commentator who regularly appears on all of the major cable news TV networks and whose broad spectrum of expertise and information based commentary lends itself to his ability to provide commentary and analysis to issues not only politically oriented, but also related to business, sports, current culture, lifestyles and topical “news of the day” events.

Jeffers was a contributor under contract for over a year on MSNBC during the 2004 Presidential primary and campaign season.

During that period, Jeffers appeared weekly on HARDBALL with Chris Matthews and SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY with Joe Scarborough, where he and Scarborough pioneered the popular “Lightening Round” segment, featuring fast paced back and forth exchanges on a variety of topical issues.

Jeffers has also appeared on virtually every major talk and commentary show on CNN from Connie Chung and Paula Zahn to Lou Dobbs and Wolf Blitzer, and he continues to make guest appearances on various show formats on CNN, the network where he began his television commentary career back during the days of the acclaimed daytime CNN show, “TALK BACK LIVE.” Carl Jeffers has also appeared on HANNITY & COLMES on the FOX News Channel, and he has appeared on Capital Report on CNBC as well as the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS.

Jeffers was a frequent guest on the daytime MSNBC show Connected Coast to Coast, co-hosted by Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley, and he has also appeared on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman.

Jeffers co-hosted the “Jennings and Jeffers” radio talk show on WLS radio in Chicago, one of the nation’s premier radio talk stations. In his consulting activity, Jeffers is featured as a motivational and topical social and political commentary speaker and panelist at general business seminars, franchise conventions, civic governmental conferences, and corporate and trade conventions throughout the country.

Carl Jeffers can currently be seen on TV appearing frequently on both CNN and MSNBC as a respected political commentator and analyst whose energy, keen insight, and engaging style has made him a “show favorite” throughout the networks.

Carl Jeffers was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. While at Northwestern, Jeffers played varsity Tennis, excelled on Debating Teams, made “Dean’s List” several quarters, and was elected President of the Interfraternity Council, one of the first African-Americans to be elected President of the Interfraternity Council at a major White university in the country. Jeffers was a pre-law major at Northwestern with majors in both Political Science and Marketing.

Jeffers has also established a successful career as a lecturer and consultant in the areas of business development, franchise marketing and expansion, and motivation and inspirational guidance to achieve personal and corporate growth goals.

Jeffers current career in political commentary and analysis on social, topical, and political issues of the day first began with contributor editorials to The Seattle Times in 2000, and he has gone on from there to develop a successful career in both Television political commentary analysis and as a successful radio talk show host and commentator.

In addition, the current interest in national politics and the Presidential campaign has heightened the interest in Carl Jeffers as a keynote speaker and lecturer who has developed a special “Tour of America” theme that highlights the demographic changes that affect not only politics in America but also corporate and business plans for growth and expansion as well.

And the other theme that Jeffers is often sought after for speaking and lecturing, “The politics of race and class in America today”, is now one that Jeffers’ particular expertise in is most compelling and appealing as a topic for Jeffers’ commentary and unique perspective as America confronts issues of race, class and gender at the highest level of Presidential politics with so many unique and unprecedented challenges and opportunities for our country’s future.

Jeffers is working on his first book which is expected to be published in early summer of 2010.

Jeffers is based in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA.

Entries by Carl Jeffers

America's First African-American Non-Black President

(665) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 2:36 PM

Five years ago, after supporting Hillary Clinton in the primaries because I felt in April and May that she would be the strongest candidate the Democrats could run in November, I enthusiastically supported Barack Obama when he won the primary race for president.

And once we faced the economic...

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Some Poignant Personal Observations on the 2012 Election

(12) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 9:27 AM

As the country and its politicians now settle in having absorbed the results of this year's presidential election, and as we all prepare to finish our respite from the election and move into full readiness mode to prepare for falling off of the "fiscal cliff", we have heard all of...

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Same-Sex Marriage Puts Romney Back in the Race

(165) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 3:30 PM

The landscape for the 2012 presidential campaign may have been fundamentally changed by the president's announcement that he now will openly support same sex marriage.

The most significant impact of the announcement and the most debate over the announcement is of course related to the "political" impact of the announcement...

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Message to TSA: Enough's Enough; Message to President: Here's Your Chance

(93) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 3:30 PM

As the furor grows day by day over the increased security measures at the airports that focus on body scans and enhanced body "pat downs", I feel somewhat vindicated that finally the world now seems to be catching up with me on the issue of TSA and airport security.


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If the Election Were Held Today

(9) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 1:12 PM

Every day we hear political commentators and pundits, mostly conservatives, exhorting their supporters to vote this November because, as they put it, "this is the most defining election in our lifetime." How quickly we forget. Two years ago we had the most defining election in America we have had in...

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Memo to Justice Stevens: Don't Listen to Arlen Specter

(119) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 12:18 PM

In just a couple of days, by his own comments, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has elevated the speculation and conversation centered around whether he will soon announce his retirement from his seat on the Supreme Court.

In response to a question about when he might resign posed to...

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Thoughts on Tiger Woods

(11) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 2:06 PM

In the week since Tiger held his press event, two other developments have not gone unnoticed. First, Gatorade dropped Tiger as a sponsor (Elin - whether you decide to keep Tiger or leave him, either way, you need him back on the golf course) - an action that demonstrates how...

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All Politics Is Local -- Some of the Time!

(4) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 3:35 PM

As pickup trucks give way to Lincoln town cars and sedans, and while we prepare for the President's State of the Union address this week, this may be a good time to reflect on the meaning and impact of the election of Scott Brown to the Ted Kennedy Senate seat...

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Rush Loses Rams Bid, Rest of Us Just Lose

(132) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 12:29 PM

In the aftermath of the announcement that Rush Limbaugh's name has been dropped from the group bidding to purchase the St. Louis Rams NFL football team, a moment of some rational reflection on this matter might be in order.

Certainly, as both a moderate progressive with a liberal philosophy...

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Is It Time for the President to Reject Health Care Reform?

(23) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 12:02 PM

The health care reform debate has reached a point where maybe it is time for the president to vote "no" on it. In the end, that action might be the most fitting tribute to the commitment to health care made by Senator Ted Kennedy. Actually, the current debate centers around...

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Being Black on a Sunny Day

(188) Comments | Posted July 24, 2009 | 2:17 PM

The best news about the Professor Gates arrest in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its aftermath is the very fact that it is news -- big news. And I believe that is positive. I think that too many White Americans thought that with Barack Obama in the White House, we could just...

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Michael Jackson: A Final Remembrance

(23) Comments | Posted July 8, 2009 | 12:34 PM

More has been written and said about the life and death of Michael Jackson in the past two weeks than about the passing of any famous person in the past 25 years, including Princess Diana and President Ronald Reagan. And those two names represented the ultimate level of fame and...

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The Sanford Affair -- It Matters and It Doesn't

(66) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 2:18 PM

There was a time in America when events like this did matter and, as a result, the day a Governor Sanford publicly revealed the affair would also have been the day he resigned from office. But things have changed, and it's my theory that Americans have become "tone-deaf" to moral...

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As Specter Moves to the Left, So Does the Supreme Court

(8) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 2:41 PM

The announcement by Pennsylvania Republican Senator Arlen Specter that he was changing his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat has stimulated intense energetic debate over how it happened, why it happened, and what will be the consequences.

But perhaps the most significant long-term consequence of this action may well...

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Earmarks -- What's All the Fuss About!

(47) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 9:55 PM

Earlier this week, the US Senate passed the administration's spending budget bill for the next year, the Omnibus spending bill in congressional jargon, but more often referred to as the "ominous" spending bill by many observers. Why that less than flattering label? Because despite the Obama campaign promises to ban...

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The New RNC Chairman -- Providing Full "Race Card" Default Insurance

(27) Comments | Posted February 2, 2009 | 3:33 PM

As we move into the celebration of February as Black history month, there is much to celebrate. But thanks to the fact that this country really has not had the conversation on "race" that many of us have argued should have happened long ago and whose need is not eliminated...

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Governor Blagojevich: Sly Fox Knows How to Use the Race Card

(68) Comments | Posted January 2, 2009 | 4:05 PM

The controversy over the seating of a new United States Senator to replace Barack Obama to represent the State of Illinois has reinforced some old core issues in America from Tip O'Neil's "all politics is local" to the adage that "race is always a factor."

But one thing is clear,...

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Obama Wins -- For Black and White Americans... What's Next?

(83) Comments | Posted November 20, 2008 | 1:04 PM

The Presidential victory of Barack Obama now seems to have settled in, and we are in the midst of a kind of Presidential "lull" as much of the country waits impatiently for one president to leave (and he seems quite anxious to do so), while they wait equally as impatiently...

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Obama-McCain -- They Fail Midterms, Now They Cram Debate Finals

(8) Comments | Posted September 24, 2008 | 1:47 PM

As we move into this week of the first Presidential Debates, it may be helpful to review how the two candidates for President have fared in the first half of the main fall campaign. In many ways, they have not fared well. And if we are passing out failing grades...

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Whose Job Is It Anyway? Clinton or Obama

(106) Comments | Posted August 26, 2008 | 5:00 PM

Enough already. All through the weekend and throughout the first day of the Democratic convention, we seem to have heard nothing but commentary on "What Hillary has to do in her speech" and "What Bill Clinton has to do in his speech" and how much pressure is on Hillary and...

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