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 has appeared on other public affairs prog
Latest from Dan Balz

Two cheers for bipartisanship but debt ceiling is no way to govern

Political leaders averted disaster but must find a better way to handle fiscal problems.

June 3, 2023

Trump is in a tier by himself. The 2024 GOP nomination is his to lose.

With the Republican field almost set, Donald Trump is in a commanding position, but Ron DeSantis and others hope to deny him the nomination.

May 27, 2023

Why the 2022 midterms broke for Democrats and what that means for 2024

Turnout in critical states in 2022 favored Democrats. Can the party replicate that in 2024?

May 20, 2023

The 2024 election isn’t about normal things. It’s about Trump.

The former president has changed the terms of the debate for the coming election, as evidenced by his performance during the CNN town hall.

May 13, 2023

Biden faces broad negative ratings at start of campaign, Post-ABC poll finds

Former president Donald Trump leads a still-forming field of candidates for the GOP nomination, receiving about twice as much support as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

May 7, 2023

For Biden, navigating the debt ceiling is an early test of his 2024 strategy

The president wants the strongest possible economy in 2024, but a misstep in handling the faceoff against House Republicans could hurt that goal.

April 29, 2023

Biden’s balance sheet: Weak numbers, but in Donald Trump, a valuable foil

Biden will run in part on his legislative record and his desire to “finish the job." But he will continue to warn voters of the dangers ahead if of Trump wins the White House.

April 25, 2023

Ohio Republicans try to change rules to defeat abortion rights amendment

State lawmakers seek to toughen rules when public opinion appears to run against them.

April 22, 2023

Biden in Northern Ireland: A quick mission to do no harm

The president’s careful comments were aimed to be forward-looking, designed to help restore a functioning government in Northern Ireland some 25 years after the Good Friday Agreement.

April 15, 2023

How Wisconsin liberals set record campus turnout in court election

Youth turnout for Wisconsin's Supreme Court election approached 2022 midterm levels in some campus precincts, with voters largely supporting Protasiewicz.

April 11, 2023