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William Schneider

William Schneider, a leading U.S. political commentator, is a CNN political contributor. He is also a contributing editor to the National Journal and Atlantic Monthly. Schneider played an integral part in America Votes 2008 coverage, including breaking down polls, offering historical perspective and traveling the country on CNN's Election Express to gauge voter sentiments.

Schneider has been labeled "the nation's electionmeister" by the Washington Times and "the Aristotle of American politics" by the Boston Globe. Campaigns and Elections magazine called him "the most consistently intelligent analyst on television." Schneider has been named one of the 50 most influential Washington journalists by Washingtonian Magazine.

In 2003, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University awarded Schneider its Centennial Medal for contributions to society. In 2001, he received the Julian P. Kanter Award for Excellence in Television from the American Association of Political Consultants. He is also the recipient of the Brandeis University Pride Award and the Alumni Achievement Award.

Schneider is co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of The Confidence Gap: Business, Labor and Government in the Public Mind. He has also written extensively on politics and public opinion for the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, the Washington Post and other publications. Schneider's analysis is regularly featured on CNN's The Situation Room, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Anderson Cooper 360°, American Morning, Headline News and CNN International.

Schneider received his bachelor of arts degree from Brandeis University and his doctorate in political science from Harvard University, where he subsequently taught in the Department of Government. From 1990 through 1995, he was the Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Visiting Professor of American Politics at Boston College. In 2002, he was the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis University.