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"Washington Post" writer Dan Balz has reported on politics for the newspaper since 1978, serving as national editor, political editor, White House correspondent and as the paper's Southwest correspondent. He is frequently seen on PBS's "Washington Week," moderated by Gwen Ifill. In 1999 he received the American Political Science Association award for his coverage of politics. Before coming to the "Post," he worked as a reporter and deputy editor for "National Journal "and as a reporter for the "Philadelphia Inquirer." He is co-author, with Ronald Brownstein of the "Los Angeles Times," of the 1996 book "Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival" and (with Haynes Johnson) of "The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election" (2009).