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The Hotline is a daily political briefing published, alongside National Journal, by Atlantic Media from its headquarters at The Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.. It is currently edited by Kyle Trygstad. The Hotline was founded by Doug Bailey and Roger Craver in 1987,[1] and published independently until its acquisition in 1996 by National Journal Group, now a subsidiary of Atlantic Media.

The Hotline
Owner(s)Atlantic Media
Founder(s)Doug Bailey and Roger Craver
Founded1987; 32 years ago (1987)
HeadquartersThe Watergate
Washington, D.C.

The Hotline's primary audience includes Congressional staffers, political operatives and pundits. It is a comprehensive, non-partisan digest of that day's political events relating to upcoming statewide and national elections. The Hotline is published daily, condensing newspaper, magazine and digital political coverage from the previous 24 hours.

The Hotline comes out with a daily compendium of the morning's political headlines with "Wake-Up Call" and puts together a comprehensive digest of election and campaign news across the country with "Latest Edition." The Hotline reporters contribute to National Journal's overall political coverage.

"I've always thought of Hotline fondly," reflected former President Bill Clinton in a 25th-anniversary video. "The day before the first cattle-call of the 1992 campaign, you all called me 'a Little Rock in a big pile.' So you can see why I'm both surprised and delighted that you've lasted 25 years. I'm a little surprised I've lasted 25 years. And I sincerely hope that you and I last another 25 more."

Notable alumni include: Josh Kraushaar, Reid Wilson, Amy Walter, Chuck Todd, Stephen F. Hayes, Jonathan Martin, Mike Memoli, Shira T. Center, Marc Ambinder, Craig Crawford, Norah O'Donnell, Ken Rudin, John Mercurio and Adam Wollner.


  1. ^ Johnson, Dennis W. (2017). Democracy for Hire: A History of American Political Consulting. Oxford University Press. p. 194. ISBN 9780190272692.

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