Larry Sabato

Special guest

Dr. Larry J. Sabato is a New York Times best–selling author, has won four Emmys,
and is recognized as one of the nation’s most respected political analysts. He
appears multiple times a week on national and international TV, including CNN,
BBC, and CNN International. A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Sabato is the founder and
director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and has had visiting
appointments at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England. Dr. Sabato is the
author or editor of two dozen books on American politics. He has taught over
20,000 students in his career, and the University of Virginia has given him its
highest honor, The Thomas Jefferson Award. In 2020–21 Sabato is celebrating his
50th year of association with the University of Virginia.

Dr. Sabato is the editor and lead author of the newly released book, “A Return to
Normalcy?: The 2020 Election that (Almost) Broke America,” which explores the
2020 election and its outcome.

Professor Sabato heads up Sabato’s Crystal Ball, which has won numerous
awards. The Pew Charitable Trust recognized the Crystal Ball as the #1 leader in
the field of political prediction, and The Daily Beast designated it as one of the top
political sites on the web. A thorough statistical analysis of all 2018
prognosticators found that the Crystal Ball was the best (Nate Silver of
was second). Harvard Political Review just named the Crystal Ball #1 in predicting
the Electoral College in 2020, getting 49 of 50 states correct as well as two
competitive congressional districts that have one electoral vote each (NE–2 and
ME–2): “While crystal balls may not exist in real life, Larry Sabato’s editorial team
might be the next best thing.”

Dr. Sabato has received four Emmys for the PBS television documentaries “Out of
Order”, which highlights the dysfunctional U.S. Senate, “The Kennedy Half–
Century”, which examines the life, assassination, and lasting legacy of President
John F. Kennedy, “Feeling Good About America,” which looks at the 1976
presidential election, and “Charlottesville,” which looks at the events in the titular
city during August 11 and 12, 2017.

Professor Sabato is very active on social media. His Twitter feed (@LarrySabato)
was named by Time Magazine as one of the 140 best.

Larry Sabato has been a guest on 1 episode.