John Dickerson is Slate magazine’s chief political correspondent and political director 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.
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.
At Slate, Dickerson has covered the administration's policy on the war in Afghanistan, the state of bipartisan politics, Iraq, and written extensively on the health care reform debate. Previously, he wrote on the Bush administration policies and political strategy. Dickerson has interviewed George Bush five times since his election in 2000.
In 2004 he co-wrote the TIME cover story 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.
During the 2000 presidential election, Dickerson covered John McCain, co-writing several cover stories on the Arizona Senator, and wrote at length on Republican candidate George W. Bush throughout the general campaign season. At the end of the contentious Florida election recount, he reported and wrote the cover story naming George W. Bush TIME’s “Person of the Year” after spending an afternoon with the future president at his Texas ranch.
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, The Washington Post and Men's Vogue. In addition to being a regular panelist on “Washington Week,” he has appeared on "Face the Nation," "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 Washington, DC he graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a degree in English.