CAMBRIDGE, MA – Today, the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy school announced that Washington Post chief correspondent Dan Balz will return to the IOP as a Senior Fellow for the 2018-19 academic year.
While maintaining his role at the Washington Post, Balz will make visits to campus and will lend decades of experience and expertise in politics and media to the IOP ahead of the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential elections.
“Dan Balz brings a unique perspective to our work at the IOP. As a veteran reporter and astute observer of American civic life, he will bring his vast experience covering political campaigns to our work at an important time in electoral politics. We are fortunate to have his many talents and his deep understanding of the IOP, as a very popular fellow, and engaged member of the Harvard community,” said Mark D. Gearan, Director of the Institute of Politics.
“I couldn’t be happier about being welcomed back to the Institute of Politics for the coming year,” said Dan Balz. “My experience last year as a Residential Fellow and my involvement in other programs over many years before that have given me a deep appreciation for the IOP’s mission and its faith in public service as a way to foster a strong democracy. I’m also grateful for its commitment to the students, who are the lifeblood of the institute, and I especially look forward to working with them in the months ahead.”
Dan was a Residential Fellow at the IOP in the fall of 2017. During that time, his work focused on exploring the roots of the current upheaval in American politics, the effects it has on political parties and the media, and finding possible solutions. He held weekly study groups with students and guests and appeared in the JFK Jr. Forum.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Dan Balz will be back at the Institute of Politics this fall,” said Meena Venkataramanan ’21 and Sofía Corzo Mittelstaedt ’21, who served as student liaisons to Dan during his time as a Residential Fellow. “Dan encouraged us to always question the world around us and think about political demographics in new ways, while still maintaining an open mind and welcoming diverse perspectives. Working with him last fall was an immense honor and privilege, and we can’t wait for him to continue to mentor us and a new generation of leaders at the IOP this fall.”
Dan Balz is chief correspondent at The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 1978 and has been involved in political coverage as a reporter or editor throughout his career. Before coming to The Post, he worked at National Journal magazine as a reporter and an editor and at the Philadelphia Inquirer. At The Post, he has reported on 10 presidential campaigns. The first political convention he covered was the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968. He is the author of several books, including two bestsellers. He was born in Freeport, Ill., and served in the U.S. Army. He is married to Nancy Johnson Balz.