Jamal Simmons is a unique interviewer and voice on the American political and media landscape. He worked for U.S. President Bill Clinton and was an advisor to President Barack Obama’s historic 2008 campaign and White House. His real world political experience and work with the US government, international NGOs, Fortune 500 companies and early stage startups gives him keen insights.

Jamal’s appearances on every major cable news network, radio and online give him wide audience reach. He was a founding editor of The Beat DC and hosted their weekly podcast. Currently, he can be found each week on Hill.TV and regularly on NPR’s “Here and Now.” A rare voice of reason, Jamal has credibility among political, social justice, and corporate decision-makers.


Jamal leverages more than two decades of relationships, global travel and wide-ranging interests to bring audiences compelling, in-depth interviews with diverse guests. With a style that encourages on-camera intimacy, Jamal gets past the talking points to break news and engage viewers. In 2013, he hosted the second season of “The Root 100,” a multi-part mini-series on Magic Johnson’s Aspire TV network where he interviewed young political, faith, business and entertainment leaders, including Issa Rae, John Legend, Ben Jealous, Van Jones and Condola Rashad. At Hill TV Jamal has recently interviewed politicians such as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Elijah Cummings, celebrities including Rosie O’Donnell, Wale and Chelsea Handler; and lesser-known personalities like Danny Spriggs, the African American Secret Service Agent who escorted to jail, John Hinckley, President Ronald Reagan’s attempted assassin.


Jamal got his start in on-air political analysis on the Fox News Channel in the mid-2000’s and became a fixture on CNN during the 2008 presidential campaign advocating for Barack Obama. CBS News hired him as their in-house Democratic Analyst during the 2010 midterms appearing regularly on the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” and CBS “This Morning.” Since then, Jamal appears regularly on MSNBC programs such “AMJoy” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” In 2016 he was a frequent guest on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and still appears regularly on CBS “Face the Nation.”


Jamal is an experienced panelist and moderator. He has appeared on dozens of panels across the United States and the German Marshall Fund sent him to Germany, Italy and Sweden to discuss American politics. As a paid keynote speaker, Jamal has given remarks alone or in tandem with Republican operatives. He has spoken on college campuses, at corporate meetings and civil rights organizations.