Robert Traynham

Robert Traynham is the national host emeritus for Comcast Newsmakers.

Traynham is a respected political veteran and communications expert, who, for nearly two decades, has designed and executed impactful programs for elected leaders, political organizations and major corporations. Traynham is currently the vice president of communications for the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), working with BPC’s policy experts to advance the organization’s mission to foster workable solutions for the important challenges facing the nation.

Throughout his career, Traynham has been a trusted counselor to political leaders and CEOs, including serving as senior advisor to congressional and presidential campaigns. He has earned the respect of his peers on both sides of the aisle as a savvy and effective strategist, spokesperson and crisis manager; and was frequently named as a top staffer by leading political publications.

Traynham previously served as Washington, D.C., bureau chief for Comcast Networks, where, during his eight-year tenure, Traynham established Comcast’s credibility in public affairs programming as host of Comcast Newsmakers and the Emmy®-nominated “Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham.”

Prior to his career in media, Traynham was deputy chief of staff and communications director for the Senate Republican Conference, roles that made him the highest-ranking African-American Republican staffer in Congress. Before his service in leadership, Traynham spent several years as a senior aide and press secretary for former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). Well-regarded by members of Congress and his colleagues alike, Traynham served as president of the U.S. Senate Press Secretaries Association and was regularly ranked as one of the most influential staff members in Congress. Traynham began his career in public service as a White House intern during the Clinton administration.

Drawing on his unique experiences and access, Traynham has been a frequent political analyst and commentator to TV, radio and print media outlets — including NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, NPR, SiriusXM and the Philadelphia Tribune — providing insightful analysis on the American legislative process and the politics behind it.

A native of suburban Philadelphia, Traynham holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cheyney University. He earned his master’s degree in political communications from George Mason University and is a Ph.D. candidate studying presidential and Anglo-American history. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts.

Videos hosted by Robert Traynham

Journey Toward LGBTQ Equality

The LGBTQ fight for equal rights became organized in 1969, after the riots at New York City's Stonewall Inn. LGBTQ civil rights activist and author Mark Segal has been involved in the movement from its beginning. Mark joins Robert Traynham for a candid and intimate discussion about his life, his role in the fight for equality, and the state of LGBTQ rights across America and around the globe. Mark is the publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News. Interview recorded on May 17, 2017.

AAPI Diversity

The Asian American Pacific Islander community makes up six percent of the U.S. population, but is growing more than four times as rapidly as the total U.S. population. Asians are the largest group of immigrants to enter the U.S. as immigrants. A conversation with Janelle Wong, Senior Researcher at AAPI Data about the fastest-growing but one of the understudied racial groups in the United States.
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