Jonathan Karl

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Jonathan David Karl
Born 1968
Residence McLean, Virginia
Nationality American
Alma mater Vassar College
Occupation Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News
Known for TV and print journalism for ABC News
Notable work(s) Interview with the Dalai Lama[1]
Predecessor Jake Tapper
Children 2
Awards Emmy Award, Everett McKinley Dirksen Award, Joan Shorenstein Barone Award

Jonathan Karl is an American political journalist who covers U.S. politics, foreign policy, and the military. He is currently the chief White House correspondent for ABC News.[2]

Karl has interviewed public figures such as the Dalai Lama[1] and Republican Senator Ted Cruz,[3] and contributed to various ABC News broadcasts, such as "Good Morning America" and "Nightline."[2]

Early life[edit]

Karl credits his passion for history and journalism to the time in his adolescent years when his family moved to South Dakota so that his parents could record an oral history from many of the workers who had helped Gutzon Borglum sculpt Mount Rushmore.[4]

Karl graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 1990, where he was editor-in-chief of the Vassar Spectator.[2]


Karl began his career as a writer, editor and human rights activist for The Freedom House, and in 1993 co-founded a political group of young men called "Third Millennium" whose main concern was "irresponsibility toward the future generation" by the national debt and environment. One of Karl's early media appearance was on C-Span2 on July 15, 1993 where he criticized Congress's deficit reduction plan as "myth", comparing Clinton's tax raise to King George's revenue on American Colonists as "heavy burden at the feet of the unrepresented" [5][6]

Later he became a researcher and reporter for The New Republic, continued as an investigative reporter for The New York Post, and then became a Congressional correspondent for CNN before joining ABC News.[7] He worked for ABC covering national political news, becoming Senior National Security correspondent in December 2005. His current post is Chief White House Correspondent.[2]

Karl's writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, Reason, The Christian Science Monitor, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He has also written for "The Note", a political blog run by ABC News.[8]

Karl is the author of The Right to Bear Arms: The Rise of America’s New Militias[9]

In broadcast media, Karl has appeared on:[2]

Karl has also been a guest anchor for This Week with George Stephanopoulos.


Karl became a controversial figure during May 2013, when he wrote an article that claimed to quote directly from an e-mail sent by a White House advisor.[10] It was later revealed that the quote was inaccurately given to Karl by an unnamed source, and that Karl had never seen the e-mail himself. Karl apologized for the error, and also for not having stated that the quote was from a detailed summary his source provided, rather than a direct quote from the e-mail.[11]


Karl received the 2011 Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based reporting, an Emmy Award in 2009 for his coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the National Press Foundation's Everett McKinley Dirksen Award in 2001.[12]


  1. ^ a b ABC News interview with the Dalai Lama, February 21st, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jonathan Karl". ABC News. 
  3. ^ Interview with Senator Cruz, March 9th, 2014
  4. ^ C-Span Interview with Jonathan Karl, January 8th, 2008.
  5. ^ "Jonathan Karl". Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Jonathan Karl". NAB. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ "Jonathan Karl". National Press Foundation. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Exclusive: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference, May 10th, 2013
  11. ^ Jonathan Karl: I 'Regret' Inaccuracies In Benghazi Reporting, May 19th, 2013
  12. ^ "Conference Speakers". George Mason University. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 

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Preceded by
Jake Tapper
ABC News Chief White House Correspondent
December 2012 – Present
Succeeded by