Paul Lisnek

Paul Lisnek has been a host of Comcast Newsmakers in Chicago for more than 15 years. The recipient of numerous Emmy®, Telly and Cablefax awards for his television work, Lisnek also hosts “Broadway in Chicago Backstage” and “Political Update,” both for the Comcast Network. He is the political analyst for WGN-TV in Chicago and anchors “Politics Tonight,” a live nightly talk show on CLTV.

Lisnek previously hosted “The Paul Lisnek Show” on WVON-AM, and served as fill-in host for WGN-AM. He hosts a podcast called “Paul Lisnek Behind the Curtain,” a weekly look at politics and the arts for

Throughout his career, Lisnek has interviewed more than 1,000 guests, including presidents, politicians and celebrities ranging from Betty White and Elton John, to David Schwimmer and Sting. In 2015, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago opened the Paul M. Lisnek Gallery, featuring a permanent exhibit honoring Lisnek’s career in journalism.

Lisnek has also served as an on-air expert on law, trials and ethics for NBC News, CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” MTV and many other networks. He was also a frequent guest on Court TV and In Session TV, and is also a frequent on-air guest on politics and law for radio stations throughout the United States and Canada.

Lisnek is passionate about his love for pets and animals and is a frequent emcee for charity events around Chicago that assist animal shelters. He and his dogs were featured in a book called “The Pet Project,” featuring Chicago-area celebrities and their pets, with the proceeds being used to shutter puppy mills.

The author of 13 books including “Quality Mind, Quality Life,” “The Hidden Jury,” and “Winning the Mind Game,” Lisnek’s latest book is a political legal murder mystery and his first work of fiction. He holds a Ph.D. and law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and has held teaching positions at the University of Illinois, the Loyola School of Law, DePaul University, and Pepperdine School of Law’s Institute for Dispute Resolution in Malibu.

Videos hosted by Paul Lisnek

LGBTQ Equality in Black America

Recent years have afforded many advancements in the movement for LGBTQ equality. And while public opinion polls show that visibility and acceptance continue to rise, not all subgroups reap the same benefits. For African-Americans who identify as LGBTQ, equality gaps do exist across earning ability, health issues and inclusion.

David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, discusses the black equality gap, along with his organization’s efforts to foster higher rates of acceptance and visibility for the black LGBTQ population.

LGBTQ Pride in Rural America

While America’s LGBTQ population is highly visible in select metropolitan areas, LGBTQ people and their families live in every single geographic region of the United States, including rural communities. While challenges that contribute to a sense of LGBTQ isolation exist in rural America, many choose to remain, making homes and raising families with pride.

Julianna Gonen, Policy Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, discusses the organization’s “Rural Pride Campaign” and advocacy efforts to increase access to services for LGBTQ populations outside of urban areas.
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