John Dickerson is Slate magazine's Chief Political Correspondent and a political analyst for CBS News. He is also author of On Her Trail, a Simon and Schuster book about his mother, the late Nancy Dickerson, a pioneering newswoman. He has written extensively about the 2008 campaign, the Obama presidency and the tumultuous 2010 campaign. He is also the author of an in-depth series of articles about risk-takers.
Prior to joining Slate, Dickerson covered politics for 12 years for TIME magazine. His last four years he was the magazine's White House correspondent. Dickerson has interviewed George Bush five times since his election in 2000. In 2000 and 2004 he co-wrote the TIME cover stories naming George Bush TIME's Person of the Year.
In 2004, the Washington Post wrote about his talent for asking questions: "The master of the game is John Dickerson of TIME magazine, who has knocked Bush off script so many times that his colleagues have coined a term for cleverly worded, seemingly harmless, but incisive questions: "Dickersonian." The cover story he co-wrote on Karl Rove was included in The Best Political Stories of 2003.
Previously, Dickerson covered Capitol Hill, reporting on the Gingrich Congress, the House impeachment proceedings and Senate trial of President Clinton. Before covering Congress, Dickerson wrote about economics, providing analysis on entitlements, the budget process and taxes. During the 1996 national election he covered the campaigns of Bob Dole, Lamar Alexander and Steve Forbes.
Dickerson has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post and Men's Vogue. At CBS he has guest-hosted Face the Nation several times. He is a regular on PBS's Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and has appeared on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, ABC's This Week, the PBS News Hour, Nightline, Larry King Live, and the BBC. A native Washingtonian, he graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a degree in English and a specialty in American Studies.