Mark Halperin

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For the author and former Wall Street Journal contributor, see Mark Helprin.
Halperin at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight

Mark Evan Halperin (born January 11, 1965)[1] is the senior political analyst for Time magazine,, and MSNBC and serves as a board member on the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. He is the co-author (with John Heilemann) of Double Down: Game Change 2012 and Game Change.


Mark Halperin is the son of Morton Halperin and Ina Young. He has two brothers, David and Gary. He was born in Bethesda, Maryland,[2] or Cambridge, Massachusetts,[1] and raised in Bethesda, where he attended Walt Whitman High School.[3] Halperin received his college degree from Harvard University in 1987.[4]


In 1988, Halperin started out as a desk assistant for ABC News and a researcher for World News Tonight. He then worked in the investigative unit of World News Tonight and as a general assignment reporter in Washington. In 1992 he worked full-time as an off-air producer covering Bill Clinton. In 1994 Halperin became a producer with ABC's special events unit in New York and later an editorial producer.

In 1997 he was named the political director for ABC News. As director, Halperin appeared frequently as a correspondent and political analyst for ABC News television and radio programs. He also founded and edited The Note, which appears daily on[5] In October 2006, Halperin, along with John F. Harris, released their book, The Way to Win: Clinton, Bush, Rove, and How to Take the White House in 2008 (ISBN 1-4000-6447-3).

Since 2006 Halperin has been a board member of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire. He has been on the NHIOP public advisory board since it was created in 2008. In February 2009, Halperin met with students and faculty at the NHIOP and gave a public lecture titled "The Obama Administration—The Story So Far".[6]

In March 2007, Halperin became a political analyst for ABC News and was replaced as political director by David Chalian. In May 2007, he was hired as a political analyst and editor at large for Time magazine. In June 2010, he was hired as senior political analyst at MSNBC. In 2011, Time Magazine released an iPad app called "Mark Halperin 2012" that contains material from Mr. Halperin's "The Page" as well as video, photos, breaking news, and Halperin's take on the news.[7]

2004 elections[edit]

In October 2004 the Drudge Report published a memo Halperin sent to ABC News staff about coverage of the U.S. presidential election directing them not to "reflexively and artificially hold both sides 'equally' accountable" and that both John Kerry and George W. Bush used "distortion" in their campaign, but that Kerry’s distortions were not "central to his efforts to win."[8] Halperin was criticized by conservatives who used the memo to reinforce long-standing complaints of media bias.[9][10] ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider confirmed the authenticity of the memo and said Halperin "takes his responsibility to be fair as seriously as a heart attack."[11] In 2006, Halperin would criticize the media for being biased in favor of Kerry after a controversial remark that the senator made.[12]

MSNBC suspension[edit]

On June 30, 2011, Halperin was suspended from his duties at MSNBC for "slurring" President Barack Obama on the program Morning Joe, saying the President came off as "kind of a dick" during the previous day's press conference.[13][14] His suspension was lifted a little over a month later.[15]

Books and Movies[edit]

Halperin with co-author John Heilemann wrote Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime which was made into a movie Game Change (film) which premiered on HBO on March 10, 2012. Halperin had a cameo role in the movie as a reporter.


In December 2011, Halperin was listed as #1 in's 2011 Hack List, his reporting described as "shallow and predictable" as well as "both fixated solely on the horse race and also uniquely bad at analyzing the horse race." [16]

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) named Halperin as one of its P.U.-Litzer winners in 2013 for his comment about New Jersey governor Chris Christie: "Chris Christie is someone who is magical in the way politicians can be magical, like our last three presidents." [17]



  1. ^ a b Mark Halperin. Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Biography In Context.
  2. ^ Finn, Robin (October 2, 2002). "Public Lives; The Insider's Insider, Getting It Out on the Web". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kessler, E.J. (October 6, 2006). "ABC News Man Shares Notes on How To Win in 2008". The Forward. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mark Halperin". ABC News. July 21, 2006. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Grann, David (October 25, 2004). "Inside Dope: Mark Halperin and the transformation of the Washington establishment". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ The NHIOP Congratulates Board Member Mark Halperin on his New Best-Selling Book Saint Anselm College website
  7. ^ Moses, Lucia (May 23, 2011). "Time Spins Off Halperin's 'The Page' as App". Adweek. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "ABCNEWS Political Director Memo Sparks Controversy: Both Sides Not 'Equally Accountable'", Drudge Report, Oct 8, 2004
  9. ^ John Podhoretz. "Smoking Gun - ABC's ABCs of Media Bias", New York Post, October 12, 2004.
  10. ^ Ponnuru, Ramesh (November 8, 2004), "Lies, Damned Lies, and Journalists", National Review 56 (21): 36–38 
  11. ^ Peter Johnson. "Are the media playing politics?", USA Today, 10 October 2004
  12. ^ The Hugh Hewitt Show, interview transcript. October 30, 2006.
  13. ^ Katla McGlynn and Jack Mirkinson (June 30, 2011). "Mark Halperin SUSPENDED For Obama 'D*ck' Comment (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. 
  14. ^ Mak, Tim (30 June 2011). "Mark Halperin suspended over Obama remark on Morning Joe". Politico. 
  15. ^ Moos, Julie (August 2, 2011). "MSNBC ends Mark Halperin’s suspension this week". Poynter Institute. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
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