Mock Convention welcomes

John Heilemann

Political analyst for MSBNC and NBC News, host of Showtime's The Circus, and co-author of Game Change and Double Down


John Heilemann has covered politics, business, and their intersection for nearly three decades in America and abroad. He is a host, executive producer, and creator of Showtime’s The Circus, the heralded political documentary series that chronicled the 2016 presidential campaign, the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the 2018 midterm elections — and started its fourth season in January 2019. Heilemann is also a national affairs analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he appears regularly onMorning Joe, The Last Word, Deadline: White House, and other programs.

In addition to his work on television, Heilemann is a critically acclaimed writer who has co-authored two of the most successful and influential books in history on presidential politics: the New York Times No. 1 best sellers Game Change and Double Down, which chronicled the 2008 and 2012 elections, respectively.Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime is widely seen as the definitive account of Obama’s historic elevation to the Oval Office. The book was runaway worldwide sensation, reprinted in eight languages. HBO Films adapted Game Change into a film of the same name that debuted in 2012 and went on to win five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award.

During the 2016 election cycle, Heilemann served as co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, leading the company’s political and policy coverage across its media platforms. He was the co-host of MSNBC and Bloomberg TV’s daily news analysis program With All Due Respect. He has provided political and cultural analysis on TV programs ranging from Face the Nation and This Week with George Stephanopoulos to Real Time with Bill Maher and The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Nineties,and The 2000s on CNN. In 2008, he hosted Download, a four-part documentary on the rise of the Internet on Discovery Channel.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Heilemann was the national affairs editor for New York magazine, where he wrote the must-read Power Grid column and news-making cover stories on personalities from Barack Obama to Steve Jobs. Before that, he was a staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired, and The Economist. Heilemann’s first book, Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era, was honored by BusinessWeek as one of the best books of 2001. His writing has also appeared in Vanity Fair,GQ, TIME, The New Republic, the Washington Monthly, Outside, and the Los Angeles Times, and has been anthologized in The Best American Political Writing and The Best American Crime Writing.

A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Heilemann was born in Los Angeles and lives in Manhattan with his wife, Diana Rhoten, and their two Great Danes.

Bio provided by Washington Speakers Bureau


Come hear him speak and answer questions Friday, May 3rd from 4:30-5:30pm in Stackhouse Theater