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. He is author of four books, including two New York Times best-sellers: "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 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.