Mr. Whalen is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he studies, writes and comments on current events and political trends, with an emphasis on California and America’s political landscapes. A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Whalen has worked in the U.S. capital as a political aide and public-relations strategist. From 1985 to 1991, he was a political correspondent for Insight Magazine, the national newsweekly and sister publication of The Washington Times, where he was honored for his profiles and analysis of candidates, campaigns, Congress, and the White House. He has been a guest political analyst on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and CNN. Before joining Hoover, Mr. Whalen was the chief speechwriter for former California Governor Pete Wilson. Mr. Whalen writes frequently for leading California and national opinion-makers, including the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.