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John McCaslin (born October 31, 1957) is a broadcaster, author, and public speaker. He currently is co-anchor of America’s Morning News, produced by Talk Radio Network (TRN) Entertainment. On a daily basis for nearly two decades, he penned the nationally-syndicated Inside the Beltway political column.
John McCaslin was born in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of senior FBI Special Agent Robert W. McCaslin. He graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, majoring in speech communication.
McCaslin began his journalism career in 1980 in Kalispell, Montana, working as news director/anchor of radio station KOFI-AM. From 1982-84 he was news director/anchor of Bee Broadcasting, Inc. stations KJJR-AM and KBBZ-FM in Whitefish, Montana He was also an award-winning correspondent for United Press International and stringer for NBC and ABC network. In 1984, McCaslin joined the Washington Times as a White House correspondent, working under famed Washington newspaperman Jeremiah A. O’Leary. For two years, he covered the war in Nicaragua from Washington, Miami and Managua. He was appointed assistant national editor, and became metropolitan editor when DC Mayor Marion Barry was target of a federal investigation and indictment. In 1992 he began penning Inside the Beltway, which was later syndicated by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and Chicago’s Tribune Media Services and was hosted on wsRadio in 2008-09. His writings have appeared in myriad publications, from Reader’s Digest to Tennis, and his cover stories for Capitol File magazine have featured Katie Couric, Katherine Heigl, Mira Sorvino, Padma Lakshmi, Kerry Washington, and Lauren Graham. He has also been a well-published travel writer, filing extensively from around the world. McCaslin has been a regular guest of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and Booknotes with Brian Lamb, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday, and the BBC. He has been guest host for Rush Limbaugh, Mary Matalin, Sam Donaldson, Oliver North and Michael Reagan, among other syndicated radio hosts. In June 2009, McCaslin was tapped by the Talk Radio Network to be co-host of the ground-breaking three-hour America's Morning News.
Weed Man: The Remarkable Journey of Jimmy Divine (2009), Inside the Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops and Shenanigans from Around the Nation’s Capitol, (2004) Chicken Soup for the Soul (2006)
Awards and honors
Washington Times, Capitol File, TRN, Washington Examiner, Mediabistro
- John McCaslin: Columnist & Author of Inside the Beltway & Weed Man (official home page)
- America's Morning News - Talk Radio Network
- Booknotes interview with McCaslin on Inside the Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops and Shenanigans from Around the Nation's Capital, October 17, 2004.