Jonathan Karl

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Jonathan Karl was named ABC News Chief White House Correspondent in December 2012. He regularly contributes to all broadcasts, including "Good Morning America," "World... Read More »

Jonathan Karl was named ABC News Chief White House Correspondent in December 2012. He regularly contributes to all broadcasts, including "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight with David Muir," and "Nightline." In addition, he hosts a weekly podcast "Powerhouse Politics" and the digital video series “This Week in History.”

Karl has broad experience covering U.S. politics, foreign policy and the military, and has reported from more than 30 countries. His reporting drives news cycles and has been recognized with some of the most prestigious honors in journalism, including being one of the few journalists to win the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based reporting twice, in 2010 and 2015, the 2013 Walter Cronkite Award for National Individual Achievement, and an Emmy Award for his coverage of the 2009 Inauguration of President Barack Obama. In 2001 he won the National Press Foundation's Everett McKinley Dirksen Award, the highest honor for Congressional reporting.

Karl has covered every major beat in Washington, including the White House, Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and the State Department. Karl covered all the major candidates in the 2016 election, including the first interview with Donald Trump of the 2016 election cycle, and interviews with Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders who knocked on Karl’s head for good luck, and a very rare, exclusive interview with the reclusive billionaire Charles Koch. A regular contributor to "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Karl also serves as a guest anchor for the program.

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 his 15 years in Washington, Karl earned a reputation as a fierce government watchdog for his aggressive investigations of government waste.

Karl joined ABC News in January 2003 as the network's Senior Foreign Affairs correspondent covering the State Department. He traveled around the world with Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. In December 2005 Karl was named Senior National Security correspondent. He reported extensively on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, visiting the war-torn country three times in 2005, and earning an Emmy nomination for his reporting.

Karl has interviewed singer Elton John, Nationals baseball star Bryce Harper, Yankees great Mariano Rivera, singer and actress Barbra Streisand, Pete Townshend of “The Who”, actor George Clooney, baseball legend Ernie Banks, Yoko Ono, the Dalai Lama, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, singer/songwriter James Taylor and other leading figures in sports and popular culture.

Before joining ABC News, he served as a congressional correspondent for CNN. Karl graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he was editor-in-chief of The Vassar Spectator.

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ANALYSIS: Trump avoids phrase 'radical Islamic terrorism' in 1st Middle East speech
Jonathan Karl
May 21, 2017 01:01 PM Story from Politics Jonathan Karl, ABC News
Trump laying blame for turmoil on communications staff: Sources
JONATHAN KARL
May 16, 2017 06:29 PM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
Deputy AG Rosenstein was on the verge of resigning, upset over WH pinning Comey firing on him
JONATHAN KARL
May 11, 2017 01:58 PM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
Comey gave inaccurate testimony to Congress on Clinton emails, sources say
CECILIA VEGA and JONATHAN KARL
May 09, 2017 01:01 PM Story from Politics CECILIA VEGA and JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
Trump counselor Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council role, others added
KATHERINE FAULDERS and JONATHAN KARL
Apr 05, 2017 03:25 PM Story from Politics KATHERINE FAULDERS and JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
Tillerson: Russia 'complicit' or 'incompetent' with Syria
JONATHAN KARL and ALEXANDER MALLIN
Apr 07, 2017 12:24 AM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL and ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News
President Trump expected to sign new travel ban executive order today
JONATHAN KARL and JOHN SANTUCCI
Mar 05, 2017 11:18 PM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL and JOHN SANTUCCI, ABC News
Trump flashes anger over Sessions recusal, Russia stories in tense Oval Office meeting
Jonathan Karl and Chris Vlasto
Mar 04, 2017 02:12 PM Story from Politics Jonathan Karl and Chris Vlasto, ABC News
Odds of Michael Bloomberg Running for President 'Very, Very Low,' Source Says
Michael Bloomberg, Jonathan Karl, 2016 campaign, presidential politics, White House, New York, Mayor, NYC
Mar 01, 2016 12:22 PM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
Trump Transition Team Pushing NJ Gov. Chris Christie to Run for RNC Chair
JONATHAN KARL
Dec 01, 2016 05:00 PM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
ANALYSIS: Where Are the Loyalists in the Trump Administration?
JONATHAN KARL
Dec 07, 2016 06:00 AM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
Michael Bloomberg to Decide on Presidential Run in First Week of March, Friend Says
JONATHAN KARL
Jan 24, 2016 10:15 PM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
The Last Time Donald Trump Talked About 'Birtherism'
convinced. Okay? So let’s just see what happens over time. But it’s not my issue, Jonathan. KARL
Sep 07, 2016 04:09 PM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
Melania Trump: The Story Behind the Speech She Didn’t Deliver
JONATHAN KARL
Jul 19, 2016 06:21 PM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
Senior GOP Officials Exploring Options if Trump Drops Out
JONATHAN KARL
Aug 03, 2016 08:53 AM Story from Politics JONATHAN KARL, ABC News
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