Meet Chris Ullman, D.C.’s universally admired whistler

The four-time international whistling champion is a partner in “The Carlyle Group,” an investment firm. He’s been in Washington for 30 years, working at the highest levels in both private and public sectors. Along the way he has earned a reputation as perhaps D.C.’s only universally admired whistle blower. He speaks with Steve Hartman “On the Road” on CBS News.

Happy Whistler at Nats Park

Chris Ullman, aka The Happy Whistler, “sings” the Star-Spangled Banner at Nationals Park.

Why Carlyle Group’s Ullman Whistles While He Works

Chris Ullman, Carlyle Group director of communications and author of “Find Your Whistle,” explains why he likes to whistle while he works. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Jason Kelly on “Bloomberg Markets.”


Chris Ullman helps others find their ‘Whistle’

Four-time international Whistling Champion and Blessed Sacrament parishioner Chris Ullman shares his fun and crazy whistling stories in his new book. He also talks about the 10 other whistles that have touched his life and encourages readers to find their own whistle.

Find Your Whistle @ US National Archives

Four-Time International Whistling Champion Christopher Ullman presents “Find Your Whistle,” a hilarious and outrageous journey of a Washington and Wall Street insider who uses his simple gift to touch hearts and change lives. This is the story of how he found, developed, and shares his whistle with politicians, special needs children, Wall Street billionaires, and more than 400 people on their birthdays every year.

International whistling champion Chris Ullman whistles the Ave Maria

Author and Four-time International Whistling Champion, Christopher Ullman performs Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria at Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria, VA. Discover how he is helping others find their special gift or “whistle” in the July 27th issue of the Catholic Herald.

International whistling champion talks new book “Find Your Whistle”

In the new book “Find Your Whistle,” 4-time international whistling champion Chris Ullman shares the importance of everyone finding that simple gift that can touch the hearts of many.

How to find your ‘whistle’ in Life

Chris Ullman, The Carlyle Group, and “Find Your Whistle,” author, talks about his desire to inspire people to touch lives through whistling on Squawk Box.

How a Washington power player became a champion whistler

Chris Ullman, a veteran of Washington power circles, tells Tucker Carlson how he ‘found his whistle’ and became a four-time whistling world champion.

Selected Articles

The ‘Whistle Ministry’ of a Devout Christian

By Fr. Michael Sliney • FaithZette , February 20, 2018

I have known Chris for over 15 years, and besides being a devout Catholic, an incredible husband and father of three wonderful children, he dedicates a good portion of his free time to his “whistle ministry.”

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Champion Whistler And PR Pro Shares Insights In New Book

By Adam Konowe • The National Press Club , October 2, 2017

Four-time international whistling champion Chris Ullman’s message is as clear as his music: everyone has a special talent, an individual version of his award-winning whistle. In a new book titled Find Your Whistle, Chris chronicles the development and sharing of his gift, along with a distinguished career in government and private-sector public relations. Broadcast/Podcast team […]

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A 4-Time World Champion Whistler On Learning To Whistle While You Work

By Mark Hemmingway • The Federalist , August 24, 2017

Of all things, whistling hardly seems like the key to unlocking the meaning of life, but a book by four-time world champion whistler Chris Ullman offers a surprising amount of thoughtful and morally centered life lessons.

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Chris Ullman on “Finding Your Whistle”

By Carol Massar • Bloomberg , July 28, 2017

Bloomberg Markets with Carol Massar and guest Chris Ullman, Director of Global Communications of the Carlyle Group discusses his new book “Finding Your Whistle.”

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International whistling champion helps others find their inner ‘whistle’

By Ashleigh Buyers • The Arlington Catholic Hearld , July 26, 2017

It started out as a normal July 2001 day in the Office of Management and Budget in Washington. Chris Ullman, the budget spokesman, was just about to settle into a routine morning meeting with his coworkers when his boss, Mitch Daniels, gave a startling announcement. “The meeting is canceled,” declared Daniels, “Everyone out … except […]

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Alden Interviews Chris Ullman

By Michael Alden • The Alden Report , July 24, 2017

In his new book, Find Your Whistle, Chris Ullman shares his memoirs and inspires readers to find their simple gift, their “whistle” as he calls it, and share that gift with the world.

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From 1993 – 2000 Chris and Tanguay Desgagne were the reigning whistling grand champions, each winning four times.

Chris and his Mom Fran after winning his fourth and final grand championship in 2000.

Chris and Senator John Ashcroft, who share the same birthday, perform at a Christmas party in 2000.