Who is John Dickerson?

John Frederick Dickerson was born in Washington, D.C. USA, on 6 July 1968 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds American nationality. He’s a journalist who’s probably known best for the work which he’s done for the American TV and radio network CBS, especially for having worked as a reporter for their CBS News division.

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Early life and education

John was raised in McLean, Virginia alongside his brother and three sisters, by their mother Nancy Dickerson (nee Hanschman) who was a radio and TV journalist, and who passed away on 18 October 1997, aged 70, and their father Claude Wyatt Dickerson whose profession hasn’t been disclosed, but who’s believed to be a former businessman.

John’s family was wealthy while he was growing up, and they lived in a Georgian-style mansion which overlooked the Potomac River. He became interested in journalism mostly because of his mother, who occasionally took John with her while she was working. He studied at Sidwell Friends School and was amongst the top students there; John was interested in numerous activities during his time there, including acting with the school’s drama club and playing sports, but was mostly into contributing to the school newspaper.

Upon matriculating in 1987, he enrolled at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English in 1991.

Career as a journalist

He launched his career as soon as he graduated from college, and began working as a columnist for the magazine “Time” in 1993, spending the following 12 years covering politics; during John’s final four years at “Time”, he worked as a White House correspondent.

After leaving “Time”, he was heard on Air America Radio’s “The Al Franken Show” every Wednesday until 2007, when the show ended. John could then often have been heard talking on the National Public Radio’s show “Day to Day”.

In 2009, he served as a fill-in host for the CBS weekly news and morning public affairs show “Face the Nation”, and two years later, John became political director of CBS News, his assignments included hosting election specials and the news magazine show “60 Minutes”.

On 7 June 2015, he became the host of “Face the Nation”, and held the position until 21 January 2018 when hired to work as a co-anchor of the news show “CBS This Morning”. In 2019, John served as a fill-in host for “CBS Evening News”, and for “Face the Nation” in 2020.

John today’s working for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and can be seen making guest appearances in their shows “Slate Political Gabfest” and “Washington Week”; he’s also hosting the podcast “Whistlestop”, which is about the US presidential history.

CIA leak

On 29 January 2007 during the trial of American lawyer Scooter Libby, former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer stated that he’d revealed to John and to the American TV personality and journalist David Gregory on 11 July 2003, that Valerie Plame was an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); on 17 July 2003, John co-wrote the article ‘A War on Wilson?’ which was published in “Time”, about American diplomat Joseph Wilson IV and his wife Valerie Plame.

The article apparently contributed to the leak of Valerie’s CIA identity to Bush administration officials, however, John has denied knowing about Valerie’s CIA identity at the time when the article was published.

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Books

John has published several books, while three of these have attracted a lot of attention: the 2006 “On Her Trail”, the 2016 “Whistletop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History”, and the 2020 “The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency”.

Presence on social media networks

John’s quite active on Instagram, and is today followed by more than 30,000 people, while he’s uploaded over 1,500 pictures onto the network, the majority of which serve to bring news to his fans.

He launched his Twitter account in April 2007 and it’s today followed by close to two million people, while he’s tweeted nearly 40,000 times, mostly to share his opinion on various matters.

He has a Facebook account, but uses it just to keep in touch with his family members and closest friends.

Love life and wife

John met his future wife Anne while they were both attending the University of Virginia, from which Anne graduated as an Echols Scholar in 1991. They exchanged vows in 1995, in a private ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members.

John and Anne have a son and daughter together, named Brice and Nancy, but they prefer to keep their children away from the media’s attention, wanting them to be able to lead normal lives; John has still featured Brice and Nancy in some of his Instagram pictures.

He hasn’t spoken of any other women whom he’s perhaps been with, and as of April 2022, John’s married to Anne, and they have two children together.

Hobbies and other interests

John’s career has taken him to various US states, while he’s also been to several African and European countries; he and his wife occasionally travel for pleasure, and John’s dream travel destination appears to be Athens, Greece.

He loves snow, which is perhaps why winter is his favorite season; many of his Instagram pictures feature him and his wife in New York City during winter.

John’s a lover of animals, and his family had two pet dogs while he was growing up; he has donated money to an animal shelter in Washington, D.C.

He enjoys watching movies late at night – his favorite actor is Keanu Reeves, while a couple of his favorite films include the trilogy “The Matrix”, “Point Break” and “My Own Private Idaho”.

Age, height and net worth

John’s age is 53. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 6ft (1.8m) and he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).

As of April 2022, John’s net worth stands at more than an estimated $4 million.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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