Dan Balz

Fall 2017
Dan Balz - Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School Senior Fellow

Dan Balz is Chief Correspondent at The Washington Post. He joined the Post in 1978.  As a reporter or editor, he has covered every presidential campaign and midterm election since 1978. In all, he has covered 21 national political conventions, beginning with the tumultuous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.

He is author of four books, including two New York Times bestsellers: Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America and, with co-author Haynes Johnson, The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election.

His awards include the Robin Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith award for deadline writing, the Gerald R. Ford Award for coverage of the presidency (shared), and the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award. He is a regular panelist on PBS’s “Washington Week” and is a frequent guest on the Sunday morning talk shows and other public affairs programs.

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