John Heilemann (age 58)

January 23, 1966
United States

[John Heilemann] Introduction

John Arthur Heilemann (born January 23, 1966) is an American journalist and national affairs analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and is the co-author of two books about presidential campaigning, Game Change (2010) and Double Down (2013). He has previously worked as a staff writer for New York, Wired, and The Economist.

[John Heilemann] Early life and education

John Heilemann, born in Los Angeles in 1966 and raised in Canoga Park, had roots in Wisconsin. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science from Northwestern University, he later received a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.

[John Heilemann] Career

John Heilemann is a highly accomplished journalist and author, whose works include Pride Before the Fall (2001) about the Microsoft antitrust case and the co-authored books Game Change (2010) and Double Down (2013) which cover the presidential campaigns. He is widely recognised for both his documentary work, such as Download: the True Story of the Internet for Discovery, and his television appearances, where he appears regularly on The Tony Kornheiser Show, MSNBC’s Deadline: White House and Morning Joe. He also produces and co-stars in the Showtime series The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, while most recently in 2019 he co-founded the Recount with John Battelle; a website, podcast, and newsletter covering the US political landscape.

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 Educated at

  • Northwestern University


  • Journalist