Dan Balz

Washington, D.C.

Chief correspondent covering national politics, the presidency and Congress

Education: University of Illinois, B.S. in communications and M.S. in communications

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. He is the author of several books, including two bestsellers. He was born in Freeport, Ill., graduated from the University of Illinois and served in the U.S. Army. He is married and has one adult son. He is a regular panelist on PBS’s “Washington Week” and is a frequent guest on the Sunday morning
Latest from Dan Balz

The climate bill offers a boost to Biden. Can it change the equation?

Democrats believe this summer’s events, including the Supreme Court decision on abortion, are energizing their voters. But core issues like inflation and Biden’s approval ratings continue to push against Democratic candidates.

July 30, 2022

A rough week for Biden. How much will it affect Democrats in November?

A grim poll, another gloomy inflation report and a setback on Capitol Hill underscore the Democrats’ problems. Are there offsetting factors that could hold down Democratic losses?

July 16, 2022

The Democratic left is frustrated with Biden. How much could it matter?

Biden and the liberal wing of the party have never been truly in sync, but they need one another if Democrats hope to avoid big losses in November.

July 9, 2022

Why Boris Johnson ultimately resigned — and Trump never did

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was brought down by members of his party and government. Donald Trump has stared down those in his party, even after the attack on the Capitol.

July 7, 2022

Why Republicans should be nervous about their candidates for governor

Swing state contests could shift the party balance and give the GOP more power, but election deniers could be the face of the party in some key races

July 2, 2022

What is defensible in the case against Trump?

The Jan. 6 committee has laid out a strong case against the president. Republicans prefer to look away rather than engage on the evidence.

June 25, 2022

The Supreme Court rolls back a right and inflames a divided country

The implications are impossible to predict, but they will have profound effects on women and add to the cultural and political balkanization of America.

June 24, 2022

Ignoring the Jan. 6 hearings? Michael Luttig explains why you shouldn’t.

J. Michael Luttig did more than demolish Trump’s claims that Pence could have stopped the electoral counting. He delivered a frightening analysis of American democracy on the brink and the former president’s role in bringing the country to the edge of further chaos.

June 17, 2022