Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for TIME, covers politics, elections and government for the magazine and Halperin is also the creator and author of’s “The Page,” a news and analysis tip sheet that gathers and edits the latest political stories, campaign ads, TV clips, videos and campaign reactions from every news source, along with Halperin’s own analysis. In addition, Halperin is senior political analyst for MSNBC, where he appears regularly on "Morning Joe" and other programs on the cable channel.

Prior to joining TIME in April 2007, Halperin worked at ABC News for nearly 20 years, where he covered five presidential elections and served as political director from November 1997 to April 2007. In that role, he was responsible for political reporting and planning for the network's television, radio and Internet political coverage. He also appeared regularly on ABC News TV and radio as a correspondent and analyst, contributing commentary and reporting during election night coverage, presidential inaugurations and State of the Union speeches.

At ABC, Halperin reported on every major American political story, including working as a full-time reporter covering the Clinton presidential campaign in 1992 and the Clinton White House. He also covered major non-political stories, such as the O.J. Simpson criminal trial and the Oklahoma City bombing. Additionally, Halperin founded and edited the online publication The Note on, which was characterized as the most influential daily tipsheet in American politics by publications includingThe New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair. He is the co-author of the New York Times #1 best-seller Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, Palin and McCain, and the Race of a Lifetime (Harper, 2010); author of The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President (Harper Perennial, 2007); and co-author of The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008 (Random House, 2006). Halperin received his B.A. from Harvard University and resides in New York City with Karen Avrich.


John Heilemann is the National Affairs Editor for New York Magazine and He is also a political analyst for MSNBC and co-author of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of Lifetime, the runaway international best seller chronicling the historic 2008 presidential campaign.

As a journalist and author, Heilemann has covered politics, business and their intersection for two decades in America and abroad. AtNew York, he writes the Power Grid column in print and the Impolitic column online, as well as longer features in the magazine. Prior to joining New York in January 2005, Heilemann was a staff writer for The New Yorker; special correspondent and, earlier, national affairs editor for Wired; chief Washington correspondent and, before that, media correspondent for 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, among others, 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 last election. The book spent seven weeks in the No. 1 spot and 15 weeks overall on The New York Times best seller list. HBO Films produced a movie based on Game Change—starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris. In March, 2012 the movie debuted on HBO to an impressive 2.1 million viewers making it one of HBO’s most successful original movies ever. The HBO movie won five Emmy awards, including one for outstanding TV movie, and three Golden Globe awards, including one for best miniseries/TV movie.

Heilemann and Halperin's new book, Double Down: Game Change 2012, (November 2013) is a New York Times best-seller which chronicles the 2012 Presidential campaign offering a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential.  HBO has optioned the rights to Double Down: Game Change 2012 for a movie.

At MSNBC, Heilemann appears regularly on Morning JoeHardball and The Last Word; he is also a frequent guest on The Chris Matthews Show and Charlie Rose. His four-part documentary on the rise of the World Wide Web 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, California, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Mark Halperin and John Heilemann