John Heilemann is managing editor for Bloomberg Politics, a regular contributor to MSNBC’s Morning Joe and co-author of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of Lifetime, the No. 1 New York Times best seller chronicling the 2008 presidential campaign and its recently published New York Times best-selling sequel, Double Down: Game Change 2012.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Heilemann was the national affairs editor for New York magazine and NYMag.com. At New York, he wrote the must-read "Power Grid" column in print and the "Impolitic" column online, as well as longer features in the magazine. Prior to joining New York in 2005, Heilemann spent nearly two decades covering politics, business and their intersection in America and abroad as a staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired and The Economist. His first book, Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era, was named by BusinessWeek as one of the best books of 2001. His writing has been anthologized in The Best American Political Writing three times and in The Best American Crime Writing.
With Game Change, Heilemann and his co-author Mark Halperin published what was widely hailed as the definitive account of the 2008 election. The book was a runaway national and international best seller and has been reprinted in eight languages. A movie based on Game Change—starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris—premiered on HBO in 2012 and went on to win five Emmy Awards, including Best Miniseries or Movie and three Golden Globes, including Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. In Double Down, which debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times bestseller list, Heilemann and Halperin told the inside story of Barack Obama's reelection over Mitt Romney. HBO has optioned the film rights to the book. His four-part documentary on the rise of the World Wide Web, Download, aired on the Discovery Channel in 2008.
Heilemann holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Northwestern University and a master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. A native of Los Angeles, CA, he lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, Diana Rhoten.