Ken Smukler, Publisher


Ken Smukler, publisher of Philadelphia’s largest weekly newspaper, The Liberty City Press, has a background in political technology and communications both locally and nationally. 

Smukler launched his political consulting career in 1987 as the Communications Director for Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode, followed by his role as statewide field director for Herb Kohl’s first campaign for US Senate (1990) then managed Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky’s winning campaign for Congress (1992).

From 1994 through 2000, Smukler developed technology that would anchor some of the largest statewide campaigns in the country culminating in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for US Senate (2000).

In the wake of the 2000 presidential election, Smukler founded InfoVoter Technologies to design, build, and maintain to this day the nations largest voter hotline.

Ken Smukler provides political commentary for The Tom Joyner Morning Show and has been a regular political contributor on MSNBC and FOX News.  In addition, he provides political commentary for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, and is a regular presenter for The University of Pennsylvania’s Fels’ School of Government.

Ken is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA’82) and the Dickinson School of Law (JD’85).

Ken lives in Villanova (PA) with his wife, Shelly Urban, an attorney specializing in commercial litigation, and their three daughters, Lucy (19), Phoebe (17), and Camille (13).

What is Liberty City Press?

Liberty City Press is an independent weekly newspaper distributed by the Philadelphia Multi-Cultural Media Network whose members include Philadelphia Sunday Sun, The Philadelphia Gay News, Al Dia, The Metro Chinese Weekly and The Metro Viet News.

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