John Dickerson is a correspondent for 60 Minutes. He is also a Contributing Editor to The Atlantic and the host of the Whistlestop podcast and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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Magnify the Lord

The choir at St. Paul the Apostle in New York is a wonder. I always leave mass with one of their songs in my head. This week I recorded part of one because it so moved me. Here is a snippet:

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Dad would have been 95 today

  My eulogy for my father Claude Wyatt Dickerson buried today December 3, 2016: There is a picture of Dad from a family trip we took to London in 1976 that has been on my mind this week.  Dad is holding me on his shoulder so I can watch the changing of the guard at […]

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My Campaign Slogan

There is a thing going around Twitter (Don’t dare call it a meme), that your campaign slogan is your name, plus a colon, plus your last text. So mine is: “Dickerson: Oh Yes!” Jeff Haywood did the good work for me: Yard signs are available at local offices.

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A method for evaluating leaders in action

I have been thinking about organizational leadership. How do we measure leaders? Can we take apart action and measure its component parts? Here’s an approach that came to me while I was running. (Tear it to shreds. Or praise it until your heart is an emptied vessel.) Time: How much actual time was spent on the […]

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Father’s Day

Reprise of my notebook from last year on what Fathers Day means to me:

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Tribute to John Prine

John Prine will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame tonight. Last night, his music publishing company Downtown held a tribute for him to benefit 826NYC with an all-star lineup including Norah Jones, Antibalas Horns, Sara Bareilles, Stephen Colbert, Natalie Merchant, Nathaniel Rateliff, and The War and Treaty.  This is what I said this after reading the lyrics […]

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Unsettling Search

I searched Audible for my book about my mother. The other entries with similar tittles are a little unsettling:

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Bob Dylan turns 78 today

Which means this piece on him is now eight years old. I think it still holds up.

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Game of Thrones and Stories

Tyrion Lannister’s ode to the power of stories might not have been aimed at a son’s recollections of his eulogy for his mother but that’s the mark it hit.

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My Last Reporter’s Notebook for CBS This Morning

As you know, (from clicking on this link if nothing else) I’m moving to 60 Minutes. My final message to my colleagues at CBS This Morning in what we called our Reporter’s Notebook: Thank you to Kira Kleveland and Claire Fahy and Wes Carlton and Craig Shea for putting this piece together. *The Mariner joke is […]

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Your Next Band Name

“John Dickerson, 50, who hopscotched from political director to “Face the Nation” moderator in 2015 to “CBS This Morning” as Rose’s replacement in January 2018, will become a correspondent for “60 Minutes.” The droll newsman indicated he was content with the move, mentioning a long-time admiration for the venerable news magazine.” — AP The Droll […]

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Some Personal News!

This went out to newsletter subscribers this morning. (What?! You’re not subscribed to the newsletter? You can do so on the homepage) Hello everyone. Some personal news! I am moving to 60 Minutes. It is not befitting the role to jump up and down, but I’m very excited. When I was younger, my family gathered […]

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What RTs Mean

Hi! Thanks for checking in. I didn’t really think people clicked on links in the Twitter profiles. I feel restored by your arrival here. Anyway, when I Re-Tweet something it means one of the following things: -Not what you think. -Exactly what you think, based on our long association and friendship, which leads you to […]

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Automatic Beneficial Distraction

“Please use my words for your hot takes,” said Jesus never. What if the inclination to use scripture to belittle, judge and ostracize people sparked us to look inside ourselves. “Why is your hot take on the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and not about the plank in your own eye?” I have been […]

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Using the new to make the old

I love this kickstarter project (The most beautiful construction set in the world) because it combines cutting edge* technology to make something that feels old and solid and complex. What other things are in this category? I’ll tell you what I’ve always wanted: as a fan of toy soldiers when I was a kid, and as […]

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Why it is fun to talk to Michael Lewis

I interviewed Michael Lewis about his new podcast Against the Rules for the CBS This Morning podcast. A podcast about a podcast is a turduckencast, as no one calls it. Lewis is smart, funny and sharp enough to open your trickiest envelopes. What I enjoyed about talking to him– as I always do– is listening […]

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The power to spark imagination

Since working on the four part trilogy on the Constitutional convention I have been thinking a lot about the role of the president as actor. Those of you who committed to memory the podcast know what it meant in 1787, but what does it mean today? Emerson gives  us one hint. From his “Uses of […]

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Moody George Washington

George Washington wrote a 73 page draft of his inaugural address that was never delivered. It wound up being torn to pieces by Jared Sparks who handed out bits to people who wanted a scrap of Washington’s actual handwriting. It has been pieced together (for some time now this has been the case; I’m just […]

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Presidential Abuse of Power

As you know, I’ve spent a lot of time reading about the Constitutional Convention recently. (What? You’re not listening to the Whistlestop podcast?) Reading the framing debates, it’s so clear the framers didn’t need evidence of abuse of power to worry for the state of the republic. If a norm or separation of power was […]

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How life changed after 9/11 for those who protect us

There are so many ways in which life after 9/11 has changed. Here’s one that struck me from Andrew McCabe’s book: “When I moved over to counter-terrorism, it marked a permanent change in how I lived my life. Working in counter-terrorism means approaching every holiday with an overwhelming sense of dread. Christmas is the Christmas […]

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