Robert Traynham is a political veteran and communications expert, advisor, consultant, as well as analyst and contributor to cable TV, radio, and print media outlets. He has advised political figures and campaigns, as well as major corporations, on communications strategies and has led a dynamic career in congressional and presidential politics. Robert Traynham is a frequent public speaker and remains active in teaching and educational endeavors.
Currently, Robert Traynham works as a Political Analyst for MSNBC, and interviews government and political leaders as Moderator for the public affairs program, “Newsmakers” on the Comcast Network. Robert also co-hosts the radio talk show about elections and campaigns, “The Flacks,” on the POTUS channel of XM Satellite Radio. In addition, Traynham authors a weekly column for the Philadelphia Tribune. With active pursuits in academia as well, he teaches political communications as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. As an appointed member of the Council of Trustees of Cheyney University, Traynham also serves the board of the oldest school of higher education among the country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Prior to his career in media, Traynham was a senior congressional staff member for the Senate Republican Conference as a chief of staff and communications director. During his tenure in the Senate, Traynham served as the highest-ranking African American Republican in Congress. Prior to his roles in the leadership offices, Traynham served for many years as a senior aide and press secretary for Senator Rick Santorum (R – PA). Well regarded by Members of Congress and his staff colleagues alike, he was repeatedly ranked as one of the most influential staff members working in Congress, and he served as President of the US Senate Press Secretaries Association. Traynham began his career in public service as an intern at the White House during the Clinton administration.
Robert Traynham has also been an active participant in presidential politics. He has served as a senior advisor to several national presidential campaigns. Robert has also worked with the Republican National Committee and assisted with many presidential nominating conventions. Outside of work, Traynham is an avid student of American presidential history and regularly tours the libraries of former US Presidents.
Previously, Traynham was Washington Bureau Chief of the Comcast Network and was also Host of the network’s program “Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Traynham was also a frequent contributor on the popular “News & Notes” program on National Public Radio. He has regularly appeared as a political pundit on all of the major news outlets, including on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and the BBC.
Robert has also been an advisor on crisis communications and messaging strategy to major corporations, including Wal-Mart and Comcast, and has worked as a public relations consultant to various organizations on effective communications efforts and skills.
Robert Traynham holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Cheyney University. He earned his Masters degree in Political Communications from George Mason University. Traynham later joined the faculty of George Mason University and taught courses in political communication. Following his years of academic and professional pursuits at the school, Traynham was recognized by George Mason University with a Distinguished Alumni of the Year award. He has also been awarded by the Thurgood Marshall Foundation and recognized as a top HBCU alumnus.
In his private life, Robert is an avid reader of history and also enjoys, biking, kayaking and photography. He is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs.