Friday, February 10, 2017
Mark Plotkin, Political Analyst and Commentator
Mark Plotkin is a contributor to the BBC on American politics. In addition he is a columnist to TheHill.com and a columnist for the Georgetowner.
He was also a regular contributor to CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster.
Mr. Plotkin was the political commentator and analyst for WTOP Radio from 2002 to 2012 and was heard each Friday morning on The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin. He did commentary and analysis throughout the day on breaking stories. Mr. Plotkin came to WTOP after ten years on the Washington, DC NPR affiliate WAMU.
Mr. Plotkin has made numerous appearances on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, C-Span, BBC, and Australian TV. He has been quoted in major publications throughout the nation, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Time and The New Republic.
Mr. Plotkin has won many awards for his editorial commentary and analysis. Most prominent being the Edward R. Murrow Award for “Excellence in Writing”. This was awarded in 2011. In previous years he received the Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association award for best commentary. Before that he won a national award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the editorial category for “The Man Who Would be Mayor.”
A Chicago native, Mr. Plotkin graduated from GeorgeWashingtonUniversity in 1969 with a degree in American history. He taught in public schools in Chicago and Washington from 1969 through 1971. He was an advance man and congressional district coordinator for the 1972 campaigns of Edmund Muskie, Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern. He served as deputy finance director for Morris Udall in 1976 and for Ted Kennedy in 1980. He also served as a deputy finance director for the Gary Hart for President campaign in 1984.
Mr. Plotkin has been an active participant on the District's political scene since the late 1960s. He was twice elected to the D.C. Democratic State Committee and served from 1984 until 1989. He served from 1981 until 1985 as an elected member of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B and chaired the commission for two years. He is widely known as an outspoken advocate of District self-governance and full congressional representation for DC residents in Congress. He played a decisive role in negotiating the return of the District's city hall, the JohnA.WilsonBuilding, to city ownership in 1999, and the adoption of the new DC license plates bearing the slogan "Taxation Without Representation."
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