Tapper has also frequently reported on American popular culture, including interviews for ABC News with Sarah Silverman, Larry David, Judd Apatow, "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Tiger Woods, Nicolette Sheridan, Donald Trump, Don Cheadle, Michael Moore, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Prior to joining ABC News, he was the national correspondent for Salon.com, writing on a range of topics from political profiles to the accounting scandal at Enron. Tapper was also a columnist for "TALK Magazine" and has written for "The New Yorker," "The New York Times Magazine," "The Washington Post," "The Los Angeles Times" and "The Weekly Standard," among many other publications. He was a frequent contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and his work was included in "The Best American Political Writing 2002."
Tapper was the correspondent for a series of VH1 news specials in 2002. Throughout 2001, Tapper was host of the CNN news talk show, "Take Five." He has served as a substitute host on a number of CNN programs including "The Point," "Crossfire" and "The Spin Room." He was the Washington correspondent for Salon.com from March 1999 to March 2002, where his writing received widespread critical acclaim. His reports about Enron were nominated for a 2002 Columbia University School of Journalism online journalism award.
Tapper is the author of "Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency," (Little, Brown) a look at the Florida recount that the Washington Post called "lively," the Chicago Tribune called "a churning effusion well worth reading" and the Daily Telegraph called "engrossing." He also wrote "Body Slam: The Jesse Ventura Story" (St. Martin's Press) that was excerpted by the Washington Post Magazine. His political comic strip, "Capitol Hell" appeared in "Roll Call" from 1994 until 2003. He began his journalism career as a senior writer for "Washington City Paper" and won a Society of Professional Journalists award for his work there. Tapper is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Jennifer and two children.