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Frank Luntz

frank_luntz_250wFrank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. Time magazine named him one of “50 of America’s most promising leaders aged 40 and under” and he is the “hottest pollster” in America according to The Boston Globe. Frank was named one of the four “Top Research Minds” by Business Week and was the winner of the coveted Washington Post “Crystal Ball” award for being the most accurate pundit in 1992. Public Television’s Bill Moyers had this to say about Frank: “He’s a magician with a gift for the politics of words and what words best connect with the hearts and minds of the public”. Said comedian Al Franken: “Asking Frank Luntz if he understands public opinion is like asking Julia Child if she knows how to make a souffle.”

Dr. Luntz has written, supervised, and conducted more than 1,500 surveys, focus groups and dial sessions in over two dozen countries and four continents over the past decade. Frank has become the go-to consultant when Fortune 100 companies need communication and language guidance, from General Motors to Federal Express, Disney to American Express, from AT&T to Pfizer, from Kroger supermarkets to McDonalds and the entire soft drink and motion picture industry, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Roundtable.

The “Instant Response” focus group technique pioneered by Frank was profiled on 60 Minutes. He has also been a guest on Meet the Press, Nightline, The Today Show, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Good Morning America, Hannity and Colmes, Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. He also served as a consultant to the award-winning NBC hit show “The West Wing.”

More media outlets have turned to Dr. Luntz to understand the hopes and fears of Americans than to any other political pollster. In the 2000 election cycle, Frank conducted almost two-dozen focus groups for MSNBC and CNBC, including live sessions following each night of both party conventions and presidential debates. His reoccurring segments on MSNBC/CNBC, “100 Days, and 1000 Voices” won the coveted Emmy Award in 2001. He was a primary night and election night commentator for The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC in 2000 and for Hardball in 2004. Frank was the first and most vociferous public opinion expert to predict the GOP’s demise in the 2006 congressional elections. Frank has conducted focus group sessions for all three major television networks, two of the three cable news channels, PBS and the BBC. He has also conducted focus groups for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The New Yorker, and U.S. News & World Report.

Frank is the author of the much acclaimed Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear. The book delves deeply into the art and science of language creation, examining how the simple choice of words can change the course of history.

When he is not consulting, Dr. Luntz can usually be found in front of a classroom. From 1989 until 1996, he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also taught at Harvard and George Washington. Frank has lectured at two dozen colleges and universities. An accomplished author, he has written op-ed pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, and The Washington Post.

Frank graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science, and was named a Thouron Fellow. He received his Doctorate in Politics at the age of 25 from Oxford University. He spoke for 24 straight hours as part of the Oxford Union Society’s Guinness World Book of Records debate. In the spring of 1993, Frank was named a Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, the second youngest individual ever to receive this honor.