David Axelrod

CNN Senior Political Commentator

David Axelrod, a former senior advisor to President Obama, is director of the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and host of The Axe Files podcast
David Axelrod  Super Tuesday election results reported from CNN's Washington DC bureau on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  Photo by John Nowak/CNN


David Axelrod is a veteran of politics and journalism and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. He currently serves as director of the University of Chicago’s non-partisan Institute of Politics and as the host of The Axe Files, a podcast jointly produced by CNN and his institute. Axelrod, a former political writer for the Chicago Tribune and media strategist behind 150 state, local and national campaigns, also is the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.”