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

Biden’s challenge, gamble and wish set the table for the 2022 elections

Biden hasn’t received credit for what he’s accomplished and hasn’t done all he said he would. Now a new coronavirus variant adds uncertainty to the months ahead.

November 27, 2021

People say they hate gerrymandering, but that isn’t stopping Republicans or Democrats this year

Where they have the power, politicians in both parties are protecting themselves with partisan maps, despite long-standing calls for reforms of the whole process.

November 20, 2021

Biden approval hits new low as economic discontent rises, Post-ABC poll finds

The president's agenda — an infrastructure bill he will sign Monday and a pending climate and social services measure — remains popular, even as some Americans worry about the size of government.

November 14, 2021

Racial attitudes shifted over the past decade, leaving the two parties further apart than ever

Democrats moved left, especially White Democrats, and Republicans moved almost not at all. The consequences are playing out every day in the country’s politics.

November 13, 2021

Not just red and blue: Large survey explores factions within Democratic and Republican parties

The Pew Research Center’s political typology survey shows what unites and divides each party.

November 9, 2021

Democrats again lament their weakness in rural areas, but they don’t have an answer to the problem

Virginia’s results restarted a debate about how to regain some of the ground lost over past decades. One reality: It didn’t start with Trump

November 6, 2021

A sobering reality hits Democrats after election losses

As the party looks to 2022, the national and local political environments are helping Republicans. Do Democrats have fresh answers in response?

November 3, 2021

A fractured Virginia electorate prepares to pick a governor

With Biden and Trump looming over the race, McAuliffe and Youngkin battle to the finish.

October 30, 2021

Biden seeks a historic achievement and takes a major political gamble at the same time

His framework agreement, even in smaller form, represents the party’s reaffirmation in the power of government to change lives. That will also be at the center of the midterm debate.

October 28, 2021

Virginia’s gubernatorial race tests the fear-of-Trump factor as a political motivator

McAuliffe seeks to rekindle the passions that helped Democrats in 2018 and 2020. Youngkin tries to keep the focus on his opponent, not the former president.

October 23, 2021