John Heilemann

Creator, Executive Producer, and Host, The Circus on Showtime; National Affairs Analyst, NBC News and MSNBC; Co-Author, New York Times No. 1 Best Sellers Game Change and Double Down

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John Heilemann has covered politics, business, and their intersection for nearly three decades in America and abroad. He is a creator, executive producer, and host of The Circus, Showtime’s heralded political documentary series, which chronicled the 2016 presidential campaign and the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. Heilemann is also a national affairs analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he appears regularly on Morning Joe, The Last Word, Hardball, ?Deadline: White House?, and other programs.

During the 2016 election cycle, Heilemann served as co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, leading the company’s political and policy coverage—including news, analysis, commentary, and data analytics—across its media platforms. He was the co-host of MSNBC and Bloomberg TV’s daily news analysis program With All Due Respect. He is the co-author of The New York Times No. 1 best sellers Game Change and Double Down, which chronicled the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, respectively.

Heilemann joined Bloomberg in May 2014 to launch BloombergPolitics.com and With All Due Respect. 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 YorkerWired, and The Economist. His 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 FairGQTIMEThe 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.

With Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, Heilemann co-authored the definitive account of the historic 2008 election. The book wasa runaway international best seller, reprinted in eight languages. HBO Films adapted Game Change into a film of the same name that debuted in March 2012 and was one of the network’s most-watched original movies ever. It went on to win five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award.

Heilemann 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, and The Nineties on CNN. He was the host of Download, a four-part documentary on the rise of the Internet on the Discovery Channel in 2008.

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.