Mark Halperin has been the Political Director of ABC News since October, 1997. As Political Director, Mr. Halperin is responsible for the planning and editorial content of all political news on the network. In this role, he works with correspondents and producers for all ABC News programs, including “World News with Charles Gibson,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20,” and news specials.
Mr. Halperin has been with ABC News since January, 1988. He has specialized in national political coverage, working through five presidential elections. Mr. Halperin started at ABC News as a desk assistant and was a researcher for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” in New York for the 1988 election. He spent the next four years working in the investigative unit of “World News Tonight” and as a general assignment reporter in Washington.
In 1992, Mr. Halperin worked full-time as an off-air reporter assigned to travel with the presidential campaign of then-Governor Bill Clinton. He covered President-elect Clinton during the transition in Little Rock and Washington and was assigned to White House coverage for the first two years of the Clinton Administration.
In fall of 1994, Mr. Halperin became a producer with ABC’s Special Events unit in New York. There he worked as an editorial producer, both in the control room and in the field, on events including the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary, the Democratic and Republican conventions, election night, and presidential news conferences. During this time he also covered the Oklahoma City bombing, the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, and many other breaking news stories.
He is the founder and editor of "The Note," which appears daily on ABCNews.com. The Washington Post has written that "The Note" has "a core audience of fanatics who swear by its political analysis...." US News & World Report has called it “a major player in national politics.” The Wall Street Journal says, “The writing is always spicy, sometimes hilarious.”
Mr. Halperin received his college degree from Harvard University in 1987. He lives in New York City with Karen Avrich.
John F. Harris is an award-winning national politics writer for The Washington Post. His book, The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House, grew out of his experience covering the Clinton presidency from 1995 until its last day, January 20, 2001.
Harris, a native of Rochester, New York, and a graduate of Carleton College, with a major in American history, came to the Post as a summer intern in 1985, and has hung around ever since. He covered politics in Virginia, the U.S. military, and for the past decade has been a White House and politics reporter for the Post's national staff.
His stories on the presidency won two of the leading awards for White House coverage: the White House Correspondents Association's Aldo Beckman Award, and the Gerald R. Ford Award. He is an occasional panelist on the program Washington Week, and appears frequently on other television and radio shows.
In June of 2005 Harris became the Post's National Politics Editor, in charge of the paper's White House and elections coverage.
He lives with his wife, Ann O'Hanlon, and their three children in Alexandria, Virginia.