Paul can also be heard on wgnradio.com, where he hosts a podcast called “Behind the Curtain,” which addresses political, theatre, and other areas of interest to Chicagoland.
He hosts Politics Tonight every weeknight on CLTV (WGN-TV's 24-hour news partner) and is the political analyst for WGN-TV. Paul hosts a popular podcast for WGN Radio called "Paul Lisnek Behind the Curtain" which can be heard on WGNPlus. He also anchors Newsmakers (on Comcast) interviewing political and entertaining guests, and he hosts Political Update with Paul Lisnek and Broadway in Chicago Backstage (both on CN100-Comcast Network). Paul was also the theatre correspondent for the Emmy Award-winning entertainment program, Prime Time Chicago (Comcast Network). On the radio, Paul was a frequent fill-in host on WGN radio. He hosted "The Paul Lisnek Show" on 1690am-WVON, the Talk of the Nation for 4 years.
In his political work, Paul has interviewed Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, Mayors and other leaders. His interviews include President Barack Obama, President Jimmy Carter, Senator Dick Durbin, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Senator Adlai Stevenson, III, Congressmen Jan Schakowsky, Mike Quigley, Peter Roskam, Tammy Duckworth, Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Brad Schneider, Bill Foster, and Mayor Richard Daley, among many others.
In his theatre work, Paul has interviewed theatre legends such as Betty White, Fran Drescher, Harvey Feirstein, and Stephen Schwartz, as well as Sir Elton John, David Schwimmer, Nathan Lane, Adam Lambert, Steve Carell, Larry King, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters, Jeff Daniels, Hal Sparks, Holland Taylor, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Rue McClanahan, among many others as well as the casts of major theatrical productions such as Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Hamilton, Billy Elliott, Wicked, Big Fish and Shrek the Musical.
In addition, Lisnek is the associate producer and Host of the Emmy, Beacon, Cablefax, and Telly award-winning special Day of Honor which follows a group of World War II Veterans to Washington, DC for a day that honors the military service of the Greatest Generation.
Lisnek served as an-air expert many television networks and radio stations appearing frequently on NBC News (Today Show and Nightly News, including a segment "In His Own Words"), CNN (Anderson Cooper 360), MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, MTV, HG-TV and Court TV (In Session). In addition, Paul has served as an on-air analyst for C-TV, Canada's largest television network (The Verdict with Paula Todd, and Canada AM). On the radio, Paul has been interviewed on NPR and numerous radio stations around the country and Canada on the major legal and political matters of the day.
Paul is also a nationally recognized jury and trial consultant whose office worked in the O.J. Simpson, Phil Spector, Whitewater, Enron, Casey Anthony (Tot Mom) and numerous other famous cases. The work of his firm is detailed in the book Acquittal and will be the basis of an upcoming TV series.
In addition to his work as a legal and political analyst, Paul appeared as a host on House Hunters-Chicago for HG-TV and appears in the film Were the World Mine, (as a broadcaster) and will be seen in the film Heirlooms with music legend Melba Moore.
Holding both a law degree and doctorate, Paul is a frequent keynote speaker sponsored by numerous corporations, government entities, bar associations, law firms, and colleges and universities.
Paul is the author of fourteen books thus far. 14 books, the latest being a work of political/legal fiction called "Assume Guilt." Paul's other books include the inspirational Quality Mind, Quality Life and classic Winning the Mind Game: Negotiating in Business and Life. He is currently working on his first fiction novel. Paul has also served as executive producer for CDs recorded by jazz great Spider Saloff and singer/actress Alexandra Billings. He has also produced several plays that premiered in Chicago.
In May of 2015, The Museum of Broadcast Communication located in Chicago opened the Paul M Lisnek Gallery, a permanent exhibit which honors and details the personal life and professional career of Paul in the world of TV and radio.
- The Political Pulse
A Look at the Political Scene (with Predictions)
Paul Lisnek is the political analyst for WGN-TV (since 2008). He hosts the nightly LIVE political TV show Politics Tonight (since 2010). Having interviewed Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, and journalists, Paul presents his keynote address as a neutral analysis, free of leaning or bias that will certainly lead to one half of the audience, or the other, getting upset. Paul's style is to walk the middle as he presents the challenges and pitfalls that lie ahead in the upcoming election season. He offers predictions based on all the data available, not based on personal leaning.
"The Political Pulse" has been a well-received presentation that often leads to Paul's being invited back for each new election season. His style is funny, pointed, and respectful…a great way to get attendees talking and discussing the political and social issues of the day.
- Art of Communication and Building Better Customer/Client Relationships
"The Art of Communication" is an excellent presentation for a keynote address, motivational talk or skills training. Given 30 minutes, 90 minutes or a half day, Dr. Lisnek will introduce the audience to the unique components of communication that define and refine how we build relationships with colleagues, customers and family. He steps inside the process of communication, as he discusses how people process information and most importantly how each of us can improve the way we communicate to better reflect the reality of those who are important in our career and in our personal lives.
- Public Speaking
The # 1 human fear is public speaking. Dr. Lisnek erases the stress we feel when giving a public presentation and replaces it with enthusiasm and fun. He teaches the audience how to make presentations the best they can be for the audience, not just the speaker. He believes that it's not what we say, but HOW we say it. Paul ensures that the audience learns what it takes to put on the best possible show! (Keynote, half day or full day presentation)
Negotiation is one of the most popular topics taught in any setting; hear from the master who believes that it's worth trying to negotiate for everything and anything. The author of the popular book, Winning the Mind Game: Negotiating in Business and Life, Dr. Lisnek looks at the fundamentals of negotiating and addresses why a Win-Win approach is rather naïve thinking! He understands how people think and what it takes to help them win in negotiations from the largest corporate deals, to the flea market bargains. (keynote, half day or full day presentation)