As a journalist and author, Heilemann has covered politics, business and their intersection for two decades in America and abroad. At New York, he writes the Power Grid column in print and the Impolitic column online, as well as longer features in the magazine. Prior to joining New York in January 2005, Heilemann was a staff writer for The New Yorker; special correspondent and, earlier, national affairs editor for Wired; chief Washington correspondent and, before that, media correspondent for The Economist. His first book, Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era, was named by BusinessWeek, among others, as one of the best books of 2001. His writing has been anthologized in The Best American Political Writing three times and in The Best American Crime Writing.
With Game Change, Heilemann and his coauthor Mark Halperin published what was widely hailed as the definitive account of the last election. The book spent seven weeks in the No. 1 spot and fifteen weeks overall on the New York Times bestseller list. A movie based on Game Change—starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Ed Harris—and produced by HBO Films will premiere on HBO March 2012. Heilemann and Halperin are at work on a sequel book about the current presidential campaign, to be published in the fall of 2013.
At MSNBC, Heilemann appears regularly on Morning Joe, Hardball, and The Last Word; he is also a frequent guest on The Chris Matthews Show and Charlie Rose. His four-part documentary on the rise of the World Wide Web aired on the Discovery Channel in 2008.
Heilemann holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. A native of Los Angeles, California, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.