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John Heilemann was absolutely great! Aside from his insightful speech, he graciously answered questions and signed books. We are really looking forward to seeing him again soon.
New York Bankers Association
John Heilemann - Insightful, engaging with a touch of humor! What more can we ask for from a speaker? Join participants for cocktails and dinner and continue to answer questions throughout the evening? Check that off, too! Thank you, John, for keynoting last week's III Senior Delegates Roundtable. Your comments, as well as your replies to questions from the participants, were forthright and instructive. Not surprisingly, the session earned high marks from all. We appreciate your willingness to participate in the dialogue and look forward to welcoming you to another Institute podium in the future.
Institutional Investor Magazine
John Heilemann brought his experience, wit and humor to Southern Connecticut State University and led the audience on a journey through the 2016 Presidential Primary race. John was engaging, funny, enlightening and informative! The audience left with a greater understanding of the “circus” that is Washington, D.C.
Southern Connecticut University

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

One of America’s most prolific and respected political reporters and commentators, John Heilemann offers his wit, savvy, and insider’s view of the Washington scene, the future of the Republican and Democratic parties, and the major national issues of the day.

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Game On: Donald Trump’s Washington, the Fallout From 2016, and a World Turned Upside Down

The election of the 45th President of the United States was the most stunning upset in American political history—with wide-ranging and earth-shaking implications for the country and the world. With the new administration off to a chaotic start and the nation deeply divided, the capital is struggling to come to terms with the meaning of the last election, the outlook for the next one, and the human whirlwind that is Donald J. Trump. With his nearly three decades covering the front lines and back rooms of politics and the corporate world, John Heilemann offers a sharp-eyed, unvarnished take on the headlines and deeper forces impacting public policy, the economy, national security, and ordinary voters. Weaving rollicking storytelling and behind-the-scenes anecdotes together with keen analysis, Heilemann explains the past, analyzes the present, and forecasts the future—with no holds barred and plenty of laughs along the way.

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One of America’s most prolific and respected political reporters and commentators, John Heilemann offers his wit, savvy, and insider’s view of the Washington scene, the future of the Republican and Democratic parties, and the major national issues of the day.

With his keen-eyed perspective and peerless access to the corridors of power, John Heilemann provides an unvarnished take on the headlines and broader forces shaping American politics today. Heilemann is a creator, executive producer, and host of The Circus, Showtime’s acclaimed weekly political documentary series, which covered the 2016 presidential campaign and the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. He is also a national affairs analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he appears regularly on Morning Joe, The Last Word, Hardball, and other programs. During the 2016 election season, Heilemann served as co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and co-host of MSNBC and Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he served as New York magazine’s national affairs editor and as a staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired, and The Economist, taking readers behind closed doors from Washington to Wall Street.

Heilemann is the co-author of The New York Times No. 1 best sellers Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, on the 2008 presidential election, and Double Down: Game Change 2012. The first Game Change book was adapted into a movie of the same name by HBO, which went on to win five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award. Heilemann is currently at work on the third book in the Game Change series, which will chronicle the 2016 campaign and be made into an HBO miniseries by the same team behind the previous Game Change film, including executive producer Tom Hanks and director Jay Roach.

After 25 years covering the front lines and back rooms of politics and business on television and in print, Heilemann offers unrivaled insight into Washington, the corporate world, and how they are shaping—and being shaped by—the tectonic shifts transforming the world around us.

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Creator, Executive Producer, and Co-Host, Showtime's The Circus; Senior Political Analyst, NBC News and MSNBC; and Co-author, New York Times Best Sellers Game Change and Double Down: Game Change 2012

National Political Correspondent, New York Times

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2007-2010); Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997-2007); United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education; and Chair, Global Strategic Infrastructure Initiative, World Economic Forum