John Nichols
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A pioneering political blogger, John Nichols has written The Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books, and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress. Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal has said, "Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols's sword is the sharpest."

Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers.

A frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media, Nichols has been featured in several documentary films and as a presenter at conventions, conferences, and public forums on media issues. His books include The Genius of Impeachment, an analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000; Jews for Buchanan; and a biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President.

Nichols earned his master's degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. With Robert W. McChesney, he has coauthored the books It's the Media, Stupid!; Our Media, Not Theirs; Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy; and, most recently, The Death and Life of American Journalism. McChesney and Nichols are the cofounders of Free Press, the nation's media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.