Charles Ellison

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Monday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Introducing Reality Check with Charles Ellison, every Monday through Thursday from 4-7pm. Each day will feature important thought leadership, analysis and data on the politics, policies and people impacting our communities here and abroad, hosted by Charles D. Ellison — veteran political strategist and Philly native. Reality Check will discuss issues rippling through the nation’s capitals, state houses and city halls. If you need a reality check, tune in!


CHARLES D. ELLISON is an award-winning thought leader, political strategist, commentator and advocacy expert with nearly two decades of applied expertise in the arena of politics, public policy, campaigns and elections, crisis management and emerging/digital media strategy.

Ellison is widely known as the Washington Correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune and Contributing Politics Editor for TheRoot.com. He is a regular contributor to The Hill and is Host/Executive Producer of The Ellison Report, a weekly podcast/radio broadcast public affairs program on WEAA 88.9 FM (Baltimore). Every Sunday, he is the Washington Insider for the Politics Rewind on WDAS-FM (Philadelphia) and offers political analysis every Wednesday on the nationally syndicated Keeping it Real w/ Rev. Al Sharpton. He is a regular analyst for major metropolitan media outlets including WURD-AM (Philadelphia), WVON-AM (Chicago), WHUR-FM (Washington, D.C.), KSRO-AM (California) and KDKA (Pittsburgh). He was a weekly host on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel and is an occasional panelist on such shows as MSNBC’s Hardball. He has appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation, as well as CNN, FOX News, BET, SkyTV, Al-Jazeera, ABC News and elsewhere.

His work in the Tribune is syndicated. He has also been featured in major publications such as Politico, Pacific Standard, The Daily Beast, Philadelphia Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, RealClearPolitics and elsewhere. He is former Chief Political Correspondent to UPTOWN Magazine, and the former Executive Editor for Politic365.

Ellison was nominated for the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists 2015 “Journalist of the Year” Award and is recipient of the NAACP’s 2011 Leadership 500 award. A former Congressional speech writer and C-SPAN producer, he advises candidates and elected officials on the local, state and federal level. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the George Washington University Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, and Senior Fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for New Politics and Policy. A noted expert and online content executive, Ellison received the Washington, D.C. Top 40 Under 40 Award and his likeness was featured as part of an exclusive 2011 portrait series created by world- renowned artist Lisa Jones.

Philadelphia-bred and Southern California-born, Charles is a devoted father and husband residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He avidly practices kickboxing, enjoys reading and watching science fiction, and has an ongoing thirst for jazz, reggae and underground hip hop. He can be reached @ellisonreport.