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

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

Watergate happened 50 years ago. Its legacies are still with us.

The effects of Watergate include a decline in public trust in government and reforms to institutions. The scandal changed both political parties and the practice of journalism.

June 12, 2022

Biden is everywhere, speaking on every issue. But to what effect?

The president's high-profile strategy asserts that he's in charge, but it also shows his limitations.

June 4, 2022

Trump is trapped in the past, and it’s hurting him with GOP voters

GOP voters in Georgia rebuked the former president by choosing incumbent officials he opposed, while party activists in Wisconsin sent a warning about 2024.

May 28, 2022

America’s new norm: ‘Why are we willing to live with this carnage?’

The massacre of 19 children in Uvalde once again raise the question of why public support for tighter gun laws goes unheeded in a country with a gun culture unique in the world

May 25, 2022

Will Trump help or hurt the GOP cause in the 2022 midterms?

Donald Trump's dominance of the Republican Party and his potential influence on voters will be felt through the election year.

May 25, 2022