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

Trump leads by wide margin in N.H. primary, Post-Monmouth poll finds

Haley nearly doubles her support from November, but she trails among the Republican Party’s base voters.

January 22, 2024

Was the notion of a competitive Republican primary just a mirage?

With Ron DeSantis bowing out Sunday, the race for the GOP nomination is down to two, and Donald Trump looks to run away with it.

January 21, 2024

Haley needs a New Hampshire jolt to stop Trump. But where’s the energy?

Historically, New Hampshire has been abuzz in the final days before the presidential primary. But not this time, with Trump on an apparent glide path to the nomination.

January 20, 2024

Iowa was Trump’s to win. Can anyone stop his march to the nomination?

The race for the Republican nomination heads to New Hampshire, where the pressure is on for Nikki Haley or Ron DeSantis to wrest a win from the former president.

January 15, 2024

Iowa Democrats look to rebuild after election losses, caucus downgrade

Out of power and the spotlight, Iowa’s Democratic party leaders are trying to chart their path forward.

January 15, 2024

Haley seems poised for second place in Iowa. But can she deliver her voters?

Haley’s supporters appear less committed in the first race of the GOP presidential primary season.

January 14, 2024

Trump aims to break caucus records, but Iowa sometimes surprises

The former president is the heavy favorite, zapping some suspense ahead of Monday’s Iowa caucuses, but Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis are angling for a surprise showing.

January 13, 2024

Iowa’s deep freeze scrambles caucus turnout tactics for GOP campaigns

The subzero temperatures forecast for caucus night are testing and upending months of planning and organizing.

January 13, 2024

Christie is out but may not be done trying to stop Trump from winning

The former New Jersey governor regrets endorsing Donald Trump in 2016 and vows to keep fighting to deny him a return to the presidency.

January 11, 2024

8 questions for the start of what will be a turbulent Election 2024

Big issues and big consequences are on the ballot in 2024. But for the next weeks at least, the focus will be on who wins and who loses and by how much.

January 8, 2024