One of the most visible and trusted faces in broadcast news, Jonathan Karl is an award-winning journalist with deep experience covering U.S. politics, foreign policy, and the military.
Jonathan Karl is ABC News Chief Washington correspondent and co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. He is author of two New York Times bestsellers: Front Row at the Trump Show (2020) and Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show (2021), and author of Tired of Winning: Donald Trump and the End of the Grand Old Party (2023). In 2021, Mediaite named Karl one of the top 10 “Most Influential in News Media.”
The former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, Karl reported from the White House under four presidents and fifteen press secretaries. He has covered eight presidential elections and has broad experience covering Congress, foreign policy and the military, and has reported from more than 30 countries. He has covered every major beat in Washington, including the White House, Capitol Hill, the Pentagon and the State Department.
Karl’s reporting has been recognized with some of the most prestigious honors in journalism, including the Walter Cronkite Award for National Individual Achievement and the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award, the highest honor for congressional reporting. He is also one of the few journalists to win the Radio and TV Correspondents’ Association’s top award for excellence in Washington-based reporting twice, in 2010 and 2015. He won an Emmy® Award for coverage of the 2009 Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
During the 2016 presidential cycle, he did the first network interview with then-candidate Donald Trump, the first interview with Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate and a rare, exclusive interview with the reclusive billionaire Charles Koch.
Before joining ABC News, he served as senior congressional correspondent and senior political correspondent for CNN. Karl graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.
With behind-the-scenes-moments gathered from countless interviews with world leaders and on-the-ground coverage from Capitol Hill, the White House and the Pentagon, Jonathan illuminates what goes on in the corridors of power in the U.S. and abroad. His deep credibility, extensive news experience, and political knowledge of foreign policy, national politics, and current events help audiences understand America's ever-changing political landscape.
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Jonathan was wonderful! The panel he moderated was the best one of the day and he did a fantastic job. Was knowledgeable and personable - really connected with the audience. Partnership for 21st Century Skills
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