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

Republicans may be divided over Trump, but that’s of little solace to Biden and the Democrats

Worries about rising prices, internal party differences over mask mandates and Biden’s slipping approval ratings continue to pose threats to Democrats ahead of November’s midterm elections

February 12, 2022

This was the week when Trump revealed all

He really did want to overturn the 2020 election and he never meant it when he said those who broke the law on Jan. 6 should have to pay

February 5, 2022

Do Republicans love Donald Trump as they once did?

There are signs that some Republicans are less positive about him since the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. But his base holds firm, and that might be all he needs if he seeks the GOP nomination in 2024.

January 29, 2022

Breyer’s retirement gives Biden a fresh opportunity for a badly needed victory

The pending retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer could be just the kind of diversion the president would welcome.

January 27, 2022

The latest GOP idea: A police force to ferret out voter fraud

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) calls for such a unit to aggressively pursue violations of election laws, though they have been proven to be rare in the United States.

January 22, 2022

Will Democrats flunk their midterm?

As midterm elections loom, Democrats scramble to hold on to their slim majority. Plus, what a redistricting debacle in Ohio tells us about the map-drawing process happening in states across the country.

January 19, 2022

Ohio voters asked for fairness in redistricting. They didn’t get it.

A new redistricting commission failed its first test as the Ohio Supreme Court said the legislative and congressional district maps must be redrawn.

January 17, 2022

As Biden ends his first year amid many challenges, is there a second act ahead?

He weathered one of the roughest weeks of his presidency, and his year ends with his approval ratings underwater. Now the question is whether he has a course correction in mind.

January 15, 2022

Bill Gardner offers parting words about N.H.’s primary and the state of democracy

After 45 years in office, New Hampshire’s secretary of state remains fiercely independent and says he will continue to speak out about the state of democracy

January 8, 2022

A year after Jan. 6, are the guardrails that protect democracy real or illusory?

With all that has happened since the assault on the Capitol, fears persist that the guardrails might not hold in a future contested election.

January 6, 2022