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Carl M. Cannon

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics and the Executive Editor of RealClear Media Group. He has covered every presidential campaign and major political convention since 1984.

Previously, Cannon was the D.C. bureau chief for Reader’s Digest, and he covered the White House for National Journal and the Baltimore Sun for a decade before that. Prior to Washington during the Reagan presidency, he worked for six newspapers over a 20-year span, covering police, courts, politics, education, and race relations at newspapers in Virginia, Georgia, and his home state of California. Carl’s first job in the news business was as a paperboy delivering the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also a past president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

In 2007, he was a fellow-in-residence at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he taught a study group on the press and the presidency. He has lectured on journalism and politics at different universities in the US and UK.

Cannon is also the author of the books; On This Date: From the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day at a Time and The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War. He has also co-authored other books.

Carl Cannon

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