Dan Balz, Guest – That Said With Michael Zeldin



Join Michael Zeldin in his conversation with The Washington Post Chief Correspondent Dan Balz as they break down the recent presidential election and discuss how Joe Biden won and the specific challenges that await the Biden administration and the country more broadly.  What message does this send about the United States on the global stage?  What is the impact on main street and Wall Street?


Dan Balz

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 talk shows and other public affairs programs.

Honors & Awards:

  • John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2017
  • Robin Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, 2015
  • White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for deadline writing, 2011
  • Gerald R. Ford Award for Coverage of the Presidency (shared), 2002
  • American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award, 1999

Professional Affiliations:National Press Club. Gridiron Club. American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Books by Dan Balz:

  • Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival
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  • The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election
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  • Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America”
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Michael Zeldin

Michael Zeldin is a well-known and highly-regarded TV and radio analyst/commentator.

He has covered many high-profile matters, including the Clinton impeachment proceedings, the Gore v. Bush court challenges, Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation of interference in the 2016 presidential election, and the Trump impeachment proceedings. 

In 2019, Michael was a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he taught a study group on Independent Investigations of Presidents.

Previously, Michael was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as Deputy Independent/ Independent Counsel, investigating allegations of tampering with presidential candidate Bill Clinton’s passport files, and as Deputy Chief Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Foreign Affairs Committee, October Surprise Task Force, investigating the handling of the American hostage situation in Iran.

Michael is a prolific writer and has published Op-ed pieces for CNN.com, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hill, The Washington Times, and The Washington Post.