Perry Bacon

Perry Bacon, a national political reporter for the Washington Post, was a fellow in the Institute for Media, Culture and Ethics in October. During his visit, Perry held forth with the Political Science Club, discussing the current political climate and elections.

He also participated with in a discussions with the BellarM.E.N. It is an organization that provides opportunities for male students to examine issues related to their personal, social, cultural and academic development.

Perry participated was featured in several classes, including, the “Twoness of Journalism”; “Contemporary Issues”; “Intercultural Communication” and “Media and Society”.

As a national political reporter Perry writes for both the paper’s website and its print edition. He has written numerous front page stories on politics and policy. He is currently author of the column “In Session” on Congress. 

He also is a contributor to The Root, an online magazine that focuses on African-American issues. His work has also appeared in TIME Magazine, National Journal, and the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Bacon regularly speaks about politics on national television, including appearances on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and CNN’s “Larry King Live,” as well as universities, including George Washington and Yale. He is frequently on MSNBC's "Hardball" and the ABC political show "Top Line."

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Bacon first worked in Washington on the Metro staff of the Washington Post, before joining Time Magazine’s Washington bureau. There, he covered the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections. He followed the rise and fall of Howard Dean, then the failed run of John Kerry. He extensively wrote about the 2006 midterm elections, including a widely-read profile of then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

He moved to the Post in early 2007, where he was one of the lead writers on the campaign trail, following a number of candidates throughout the race and writing influential pieces about then-Senator Obama, as well as on the importance of race and religion in the 2008 primaries. He interviewed nearly all of the major candidates in the 2008 race.

Since the 2008 election, he has extensively covered the health care debate, the Tea Party movement and the rise of the Republican Party in the Obama era.

Bacon graduated with a degree in political science from Yale University.

Some of the stories he has written:

  • The Health Care Debate and Year One of the Obama Administration 
  • The Democrats' Frank Luntz
  • Why Health Care Won't Create A New Class of Obama Backers 
  • The Health Care Angst 
  • Obama vs. the House Republicans 
  • The Republicans Mobilization Against the Stimulus 
  • Candidate Obama and the 2008 Race 
  • How Obama Speaks to Black Audiences 
  • Obama and Bittergate 
  • Obama and Policy 
  • Interview with Hillary Clinton 
  • The Conservative Movement 
  • On the Road with Rand Paul
  • The Election of Michael Steele 
  • George W. Bush's Final Advice to Republicans 
  • Race, Religion and Politics 
  • The Struggle of Black Candidates in Obama Era
  • Artur Davis and the Obama Health Care Plan 
  • Christian Conservatives and the 2008 Campaign 
  • The GOP's Homeschool Coalition 
  • New Generation Black Politicians 
  • "Don't Mess with Nancy Pelosi" 
  • Profile: Howard Dean 
  • Profile: Andrew Breitbart 
  • Profile: Mitch McConnell

 Mr. Bacon, who had previously covered Congress and the 2008 election, has been given an exciting appointment at the Washington Post. Bacon is expected to follow President Obama in the run-up to the presidential election.

According to a Washington Post memo, Bacon "will be the reporter who most closely tracks the president's movements, traveling with him often and mining the daily schedule for newsy developments, features, analyses and surprises."