Jonathan Karl

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Jonathan Karl is an American television news reporter for ABC News. Serving as Chief White House Correspondent since December 2012, he regularly contributes to "Good Morning America," "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline."[1] In addition, he contributes to the political blog "The Note" and hosts a weekly digital show for ABC News/Yahoo! News.[1] A regular contributor to This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Karl also serves as a guest anchor for the program.[1]

Karl's experience includes covering U.S. politics, foreign policy, and the military. He received the 2011 Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based reporting and an Emmy Award for his coverage of the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.[2] In 2001 he won the National Press Foundation's Everett McKinley Dirksen Award.[2]

Early life[edit]

Karl graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 1990, where he was editor-in-chief of the Vassar Spectator.[1] After college, he worked as an investigative reporter for The New York Post.[3] He has also worked as a researcher and reporter for The New Republic. His work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, Reason, The Christian Science Monitor, and The San Francisco Chronicle. In December 1995, Karl’s non-fiction book, The Right to Bear Arms: The Rise of America’s New Militias, was published.[4]


Before joining ABC News, Karl served as a congressional correspondent for CNN.[3] In his eight years with CNN, he covered Capitol Hill, the White House and the Pentagon.[3]

Prior to his current post at the White House, Karl served as ABC's Senior Political Correspondent, covering national political news, including presidential politics and Congress. In December 2005 he was named Senior National Security correspondent.[1] After falsely claiming to obtain emails about Bengazi, Karl was brilliantly featured on the show hosted by Stephen Colbert. [5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jonathan Karl". ABC News. 
  2. ^ a b "Conference Speakers". George Mason University. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Jonathan Karl". NAB. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jonathan Karl". National Press Foundation. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
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Preceded by
Jake Tapper
ABC News Chief White House Correspondent
December 2012 – Present
Succeeded by