Co-Host, Bloomberg TV and MSNBC's With All Due Respect; Correspondent and Executive Producer, Showtime's The Circus; and Managing Editor, Bloomberg Politics during the 2016 election cycle; and Co-Author of New York Times Best Sellers Game Change and Double Down: Game Change 2012
John Heilemann served as managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and host of Bloomberg TV and MSNBC’s With All Due Respect during the 2016 election cycle. He is the co-author of the runaway international bestsellers Game Change and Double Down (on the 2008 and 2012 elections). He was a host and executive producer of The Circus, Showtime’s weekly documentary series on the 2016 presidential campaign; a regular contributor to MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CBS This Morning; and a frequent guest on Charlie Rose. He has covered politics, business, and their intersection for 25 years in America and abroad.
Heilemann joined Bloomberg in May 2014 to help lead the company’s political and policy coverage—notably with the launch of BloombergPolitics.com and With All Due Respect, a daily news analysis program he anchored with Mark Halperin. Prior to Bloomberg, Heilemann was national affairs editor for New York magazine, where he wrote the Power Grid column and longer features in print and the Impolitic column online. Before that, he was a staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired, and The Economist. His first book, Pride Before the Fall, about Bill Gates and the Microsoft antitrust trial, was named one of the best books of 2001 by BusinessWeek. His writing has also appeared in Vanity Fair, GQ, TIME, The New Republic, and the Washington Monthly, 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 and Halperin published the definitive account of the 2008 election. The book was a New York Times No. 1 bestseller and has been reprinted in eight languages. A movie based on Game Change premiered on HBO in 2012 and won five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award. In Double Down, Heilemann and Halperin told the inside story of Barack Obama's re-election over Mitt Romney; that book, too, was a New York Times bestseller.
Since January 2016, when MSNBC began re-broadcasting With All Due Respect, Heilemann, a former political analyst for the network, has become a frequent presence again in its campaign coverage. That same month, Showtime began airing The Circus, which features Heilemann, Halperin, and their partner Mark McKinnon in front of and behind the cameras as overseers of the show.
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 forthcoming The Nineties on CNN. He was the host of Download, a four-part documentary on the rise of the Internet that aired on the Discovery Channel in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, John was born in Los Angeles and lives in Manhattan with his wife, Diana Rhoten.