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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:30 a.m.

GSPM professor to replace Glenn Beck

Professor Robert Beckel was a co-host for CNN's "Crossfire Sunday" and served as a commentator for ABC News before moving to Fox. Photo courtesy of Robert Beckel

A lecturer in the Graduate School of Political Management will join a group of political pundits on “The Five” – the show replacing Glenn Beck’s talk hour on Fox News.

“The Five” will launch July 11 in the 5 p.m. time slot and will feature rotating political personalities, including Robert Beckel, who taught a course on advanced political strategy at GSPM for more than 10 years. He also serves as a senior political analyst for Fox News.

Beckel’s broadcast news career includes a 1988 stint as a commentator for ABC News and serving as a Democratic political analyst for CBS. He also co-hosted CNN’s Crossfire Sunday and co-authored a book called “Common Ground,” examining partisanship in the U.S. political arena.

“There will be no single host which is unique,” Beckel said. “The other four will be conservatives so when I’m on, I’ll be outgunned four to one.”

Beckel added that though he will be outnumbered as the only left-leaning commentator, he is used to being singled out and accepts the challenge.

The program’s cycling list of hosts also includes former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, who taught a class at GSPM last fall, Geraldo Rivera and Juan Williams, according to a Fox News release.

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