Armstrong Williams - Biography
Armstrong Williams is an African-American political commentator who writes a conservative newspaper column, hosts a nationally syndicated TV program called “The Right Side,” and hosts a daily radio show. From 2004 to 2007, he co-hosted a daily radio program with Sam Greenfield, broadcast on WWRL 1600 in New York City.
An entrepreneur and third-generation Republican, Armstrong Williams was formerly vice president for governmental and international affairs at the public relations firm B&C Associations. He also served as confidential assistant to the chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas), presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, legislative assistant to the U.S. Representative Carroll Campbell (former governor of South Carolina) and legislative aide and advisor to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond.
In 1991, Williams began his radio career at WOL Radio, 1450 AM, in Washington, D.C. In 1995, Williams' local show was syndicated by The Talk America Radio Network. In 1998 Williams united with The Salem Radio Network which syndicated his national radio show to 26 of the top radio markets in the country. In 2002, he reunited with the Newark, New Jersey-based Talk America Radio Network.
From 2002 to 2005 Williams hosted “On Point with Armstrong Williams,” a monthly primetime television special that aired on cable network TV One. A joint venture among Comcast, Radio One, and Right Side Production, On Point with Armstrong Williams included guests such as former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In 2003 he launched his own company, The Right Side Productions, which produces and syndicates his television program to media outlets including Sky Angel, The Liberty Channel, etc. jointly with Langer Broadcast Radio Network.
In 2004, Williams was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. The Commission's responsibility is to select qualified candidates to serve as Fellows to Cabinet-rank offices. Past fellows have included Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
Williams has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR as a guest commentator. He joined the lineup at WWRL 1600 AM's "New York's Urban Talk" in March 2005 as co-host with Sam Greenfield on Drive Time Dialogue. In 2008, Williams began hosting a conservative talk show on XM Satellite Radio. Williams is a National Board member of the Carson Scholars Fund, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity that was founded in 1994 by Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson to recognize and reward students in grades 4-11 who strive for academic excellence (3.75 GPA or higher) and demonstrate a strong commitment to their community.
He is the author of “Letters to a young victim: Hope and Healing in America's Inner Cities” (Scribner Paper Fiction, October 1996), and “Beyond Blame: How We Can Succeed by Breaking the Dependency Barrier” (Free Press, May 1995).