Jonathan Karl | Biography

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  • Full Name Jonathan D. Karl
  • Occupation Journalist, Author, Television Personality
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace USA
  • Birth Date Jan 19, 1968
  • Age 56 Years, 4 Months
Chief Washington Correspondent of ABC News

Jonathan Karl | Biography

Author of books like ‘Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show’ (2021), ‘Front Row at the Trump Show’ (2020)

Karl has interviewed other notable personalities from sports and popular cultures such as Elton John, Barbra Streisand, George Clooney, Ernie Banks, Mariano Rivera, Yoko Ono, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, spiritual leader Dalai Lama, singer/songwriter James Taylor, and others.

Jonathan D. Karl is an American political reporter employed as the chief Washington correspondent of ABC News.

Who Is Jonathan Karl?

Jonathan D. Karl is a prominent figure in the landscape of journalism. Karl began his journalism career with the position of a researcher and reporter for The New Republic. Successively, in 1994, he was hired as a reporter for the New York Post, a position he held until 1996. Karl was then appointed as a correspondent by CNN, where he served from 1996 until 2003. 

In 2004, Karl joined ABC News and has been in the organization ever since. He worked as a senior foreign affairs correspondent at ABC News from 2004 to 2006 and a senior national security correspondent from 2006 to 2008. Subsequently, he was recruited as a senior political correspondent until 2012. He was then elevated to the designation of chief White House correspondent. Presently, he functions as the chief Washington correspondent of ABC News.

As a journalist, Karl has covered headlining news and stories from over 30 nations and carries extensive expertise covering U.S. politics, international affairs, and the military. Alongside the White House, he has reported news stories in significant political locations, such as Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and the State Department. In addition, he covered four presidents, a dozen press officials, and eight presidential campaigns from the White House.

Moreover, Karl conducted the first network interview with the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign. Likewise, he interviewed then-presidential contender Bernie Sanders and had a one-of-a-kind, exclusive conversation with the eccentric billionaire Charles Koch.

Besides, Karl has also interviewed other notable personalities from sports and popular cultures such as Elton John, Barbra Streisand, George Clooney, Ernie Banks, Mariano Rivera, Yoko Ono, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, spiritual leader Dalai Lama, singer/songwriter James Taylor, and others.

In addition, Karl is a frequent face of the talk show Good Morning America, where he has been representing his designations at ABC News since 2010. He also appeared on other chat shows, including This Week (2011-2020) and Good Morning America Weekend Edition (2011-2021). In addition, he was a panelist on a talk show dubbed Reliable Sources from 2020 to 2021 and featured on The View from 2018 to 2021

Additionally, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (2004-2020), Extra with Billy Bush (2020), Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out The News (2020), Morning Joe (2020, 2021), and GMA3: What You Need to Know (2021) are among his other talk show appearances. 

Karl co-hosted ABC News’ PowerHouse Politics with Rick Klein, political director of ABC News. The show features headliner interviews and in-depth analysis of the personas and happenings that shape American politics. 

Karl is also the author of books like ‘Front Row at the Trump Show’ (2020) and ‘Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show’ (2021). The latter one was listed as The New York Times best-selling book. Besides, both these books are available in audio format. 

Karl also penned the book ‘The Right to Bear Arms: The Rise of America’s New Militias’ (1995). In addition, he has also written editorials for prestigious publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, Reason, The Christian Science Monitor, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He also contributed to ABC News’ political blog dubbed The Note.

Age & Early Life

Jonathan Karl was born in the United States on 19 January 1968. He is 53 years old as of 2021.

His mother’s name is Audrey Shaff, and he has a brother named Allan Karl. 

He has been passionate about history and journalism since his adolescent years. And, as he grew, he decided to pursue his interest as his stream of study. Karl graduated with Phi Beta Kappa in 1990 from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. While there, he worked as an editor-in-chief of the Vassar Spectator, a conservative student publication.


Karl’s work in the landscape of journalism has earned him some of the top-notch awards, including the 2013 ‘Walter Cronkite Award’ for ‘National Individual Achievement’ and the National Press Foundation’s ‘Everett McKinley Dirksen Award’ (2001), which is the highest accolade for congressional reporting. Furthermore, in 2010 and 2015, he was awarded the ‘Joan Shorenstein Barone Award’ for excellence in Washington-based reporting, presented by the Radio and T.V. Correspondent Association.

In addition, Karl was the recipient of the 2009 Emmy Award, provided for his reportage of Barack Obama’s inauguration. And, during the initial two years of Trump’s administration, he was dubbed The Tyndall Report’s most used reporter, clocking more broadcast exposure than any other network reporter.

Wife & Children

Karl has been married to his wife, Maria Karl. The couple has two daughters, Anna and Emily Karl.

What Is the Net Worth of Jonathan Karl?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Karl has amassed an estimated net worth of $3 million as of October 2021, working as a political journalist in the United States.

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