John Dickerson is the anchor of “CBS News Prime Time with John Dickerson.” The news program streams live weekly Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on the .
Dickerson’s range of experience from print reporter to television anchor and correspondent, to best-selling author and host of several successful podcasts, will inform the nightly evolution of the news program. He’ll provide insights and historical perspective to the day’s events so that viewers have a deeper understanding of not just what is going on but why it is and why it matters.
In addition to anchoring “CBS News Prime Time with John Dickerson,” Dickerson is CBS News’ chief political analyst, senior national correspondent and a contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning.” He is a multi-platform journalist, who reports for all CBS News platforms and programs. Dickerson also serves as an anchor of CBS News Election Coverage and political Special Reports.
Dickerson was named CBS News chief political analyst in May 2021, after serving as senior political analyst since 2019.
Dickerson most recently published his third book, and second New York Times bestseller, “The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency” (Random House). He is also a co-host of Slate’s “Political Gabfest” and “Whistlestop” podcasts as well as a contributing writer to The Atlantic.
Dickerson joined CBS News in April 2009, as an analyst and contributor. For six years, he served as the Network’s political director. He was moderator of “Face The Nation” from June 2015 to January 2018 and Chief Washington Correspondent. During the 2016 presidential campaign he moderated CBS News’ two presidential debates. From January 2018 until May 2019 he was co-host of “CBS This Morning.” In 2019, Dickerson was a contributor for 60 Minutes while serving as the network’s lead political analyst.
In addition to his political work, Dickerson has interviewed a wide range of figures, from Apple CEO Tim Cook to actors Glenda Jackson and Christian Bale, authors Colson Whitehead, Michael Lewis and Tara Westover and musicians John Prine, Jon Batiste and Dave Matthews.
Dickerson started his career with Time magazine, covering economics, Congress and the presidency. In the last four years of his 12 at the magazine, he was its White House correspondent. From 2005 to 2015, he was Slate magazine’s chief political correspondent. He has covered eight presidential campaigns.
A native Washingtonian, he graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in English and a specialty in American studies.
His mother, Nancy Dickerson, was CBS News’ first female correspondent. Dickerson is the author of “On Her Trail” (Simon and Schuster), a book about his mother. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller “Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History “(Twelve Books).
He is the recipient of the Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and the David Broder Award for political reporting. Known for his active use of social media, Dickerson has more than 3 million Twitter followers at @jdickerson.
Dickerson resides in New York City with his family.