Lecturers at the Jefferson Educational Society

John Dickerson

John Dickerson, 54, is chief political analyst for CBS News and senior national correspondent. In his coming appearance at the summit, he will discuss “Future of the American Presidency” as he focuses on revelations from his third book and New York Times Best-Seller, The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency.


Beginning his career at Time magazine, Dickerson covered economics, Congress, and the eventual focus of his work, the presidency. From 2005 to 2015, he was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine and has since covered every presidential campaign.


In 2016, Dickerson moderated the two presidential debates hosted by CBS between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump. Famous for his style, Dickerson’s poignant and incisive questions were called “Dickersonians” by The Washington Post.


Dickerson, who previously co-anchored CBS’ “This Morning” and was chief Washington correspondent of CBS from 2015 to 2018, is now a regular contributor on CBS “Sunday Morning.” He is also a writer for The Atlantic, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and co-host of Slate’s “Political Gabfest” podcast.


Dickerson’s mother, Nancy Dickerson, was CBS News’ first female correspondent, about which he wrote the book, On Her Trail. Dickerson is also the author of The New York Times Best-Seller Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History.


Dickerson attended the University of Virginia, where he attained a BA in English with distinction and a specialty in American Studies.