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Christopher Michael Cillizza

(1976-02-20) February 20, 1976 (age 48)
Education Georgetown University (BA)
Occupation Political commentator
Spouse(s) Gia Cillizza

Christopher Michael Cillizza (/sɪˈlɪzə/; born February 20, 1976) is an American political commentator, who worked for the television news channel CNN from 2017 to 2022. Prior to joining CNN, he wrote for The Fix, the daily political blog of The Washington Post, and was a regular contributor to the Post on political issues, a frequent panelist on Meet the Press, and an MSNBC political analyst. Cillizza is also a co-host of The Tony Kornheiser Show sports podcast. In April 2017, Cillizza began working for CNN, including writing and onscreen appearances. He was terminated by CNN in December 2022. Currently, he maintains a political blog on Substack.

Early life and education

Cillizza was born and raised in Marlborough, Connecticut. He attended The Loomis Chaffee School (which he sometimes refers to jokingly as the "Loomis Chaffee School for the Rich," borrowing a line from Tony Kornheiser), an independent boarding school in Windsor, Connecticut, and graduated in 1994. He attended Georgetown University from 1994 to 1998, where he graduated with a B.A. in English. He currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and two children. He is of Sicilian and Irish descent.


After working as a novelist and later an intern for conservative writer George Will, Cillizza began his career in journalism. He initially desired to work as a sports writer, but decided that sports "would be less fun" than politics. He later worked on the Washington, D.C. newspaper Roll Call prior to joining The Washington Post. For The Cook Political Report he covered gubernatorial races and southern House races. He wrote a column on politics for Congress Daily. During his four years at Roll Call, which he joined in June 2001, he reported on campaign politics from the presidential to the congressional level, finishing his time at Roll Call as the paper's White House correspondent.

His freelance work has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, Washingtonian, and Slate. He has also been a guest on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. After multiple guest appearances on the network, he was named a MSNBC Political Analyst, a position he resigned when he accepted a position at CNN. He is also a frequent panelist on Meet the Press.

He is an adjuct faculty at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications of Syracuse University.

The Fix

Cillizza founded the blog The Fix in 2005 and wrote for it on a regular basis until he joined CNN in 2017. The blog's focus was American electoral politics, with Cillizza commenting on gubernatorial, Congressional and presidential elections. He hosted the weekly Fix live chat. Cilizza also oversaw a monthly trivia contest called "Politics and Pints" at the Washington, D.C. bar Capitol Lounge.


From 2007 to 2008, Cillizza was a co-host of the MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogues, which hosted John McCain, Barack Obama, and others in a live-streamed, interactive Presidential event series. Cillizza and fellow The Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank appeared in a series of humor videos called Mouthpiece Theater, hosted by The Washington Post. ..... Both men apologized for the video and the series was canceled.

In July 2012, Broadway Books (a division of Penguin Random House) released his book, The Gospel According to the Fix. Written in a blog-like format, it contains lists such as "The 10 Best/Worst Negative Ads", as well as coverage of the "deep personal hatreds that politics provoke" and predictions for the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.

Since 2014, Cillizza has served a regular co-host of The Tony Kornheiser Show.


On April 3, 2017, Cillizza joined CNN as a "political reporter and digital editor-at-large," contributing online and on television.

On June 28, 2017, CNN Politics announced the launch of "The Point with Chris Cillizza." According to the official press release, the new "multiplatform brand" will include "daily columns, on-air analysis, an evening newsletter, [a] podcast, and the launch of trivia night events in Washington, DC." The show which is on YouTube releases political analysis videos hosted by Cillizza every Tuesday and Thursday.

Cillizza also runs political trivia on his personal Instagram account on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

On December 1, 2022, Cillizza was laid off from CNN.

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