Bob Beckel currently serves as co-host of FOX News Channel's (FNC) The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). He first joined FNC as a contributor in 2000 as a political analyst and is now a co-host of the The Five, based in New York.
Beckel was one of the originating co-hosts of The Five, which debuted in 2011. He left in 2015, and later joined CNN briefly as a commentator, but returned to FNC in 2017 to reprise his role again as co-host of the popular ensemble program. On The Five, Beckel is joined by four other FOX personalities who discuss, debate and at times debunk the hot news stories, controversies and issues of the day, as well as each other.
During his tenure at FNC, Beckel has also contributed to FNC's 2014 and 2015 New Year's Eve specials, All-American New Year, which were presented live from Times Square in New York City. Beckel also served as a columnist for USA Today through the end of 2015.
Prior to appearing on television as a liberal analyst and pundit, Beckel had an extensive career as a political operative. He worked for the U.S. State Department from 1977-1980, serving as the youngest Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Carter Administration and most notably served as the national campaign manager for former Vice President Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign, where he oversaw the successful race for the Democratic nomination.
Beckel graduated with a B.A. in fine arts from Wagner College.