Michael Scherer

Washington, D.C.

National political reporter covering campaigns, Congress and the White House

Education: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, MS in journalism; University of California at Santa Cruz, BA in literature

Michael Scherer is a national political reporter at The Washington Post. He was previously the Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, where he also served as the White House correspondent. Before joining Time, he was the Washington correspondent for Salon.com.
Latest from Michael Scherer

Republicans set presidential debate rules that could exclude some

The rules, including both a donor and polling threshold, are more stringent than for the first 2020 Democratic debate

June 2, 2023

Concerns about Biden’s reelection swamped by fear of Trump in swing voter focus groups

“Whatever the step above panicked is, that is what I feel about Trump,” said one of the voters, who picked Trump in 2016 then Biden in 2020

May 22, 2023

Antiabortion groups push 2024 GOP candidates to embrace national ban

The effort comes amid warning signs from polling and election results of Republican vulnerability on the issue of abortion.

May 18, 2023

Republican tapped to lead Fulton elections board withdraws under pressure

The withdrawal in Georgia’s most populous county followed a campaign from Democrats and voting-rights activists, and it reflects how contentious election administration has become.

May 17, 2023

Biden team aims to compete in North Carolina, test ground in Florida

The strategy could provide alternate paths to victory if the president falters in other battleground states, Democrats briefed on the plan said.

May 15, 2023

Georgia dashes Democratic dreams of an early 2024 presidential primary

Democrats had given state officials until mid-June to move up its primary to February to comply with party rules that sought to bring a new focus on the Southern state, which narrowly voted to elect President Biden in 2020.

May 4, 2023

Republicans aim to disrupt general election debates amid Trump complaints

As the former president threatens to skip the first Republican primary debates, party leaders are working to remake the system for staging general election debates next year

May 2, 2023

DeSantis critical of China, hazy on Ukraine as he charts foreign policy path

The potential 2024 candidate has been pushing in recent public remarks to reorient the Republican Party’s overseas focus

April 29, 2023

GOP study on poor 2022 election showing doesn’t mention Trump

Republican officials said they avoided including the former president in part because the party aims to stay neutral in the 2024 primaries.

April 26, 2023

    Why Democrats aren’t challenging Biden in 2024

    Washington Post’s Michael Scherer explains why President Biden isn’t expected to face primary challenges despite low pollings.

    April 26, 2023