John McCaslin, a former broadcast news anchor, award-winning correspondent for United Press International, and member of the White House press corps during the Reagan administration, pens the popular “Inside the Beltway” column for The Washington Times and Chicago Tribune Syndicate.
One of Washington's favorite storytellers, McCaslin's topics and readers are one and the same - including the president of the United States, members of Congress and literally thousands of bureaucrats. William F. Buckley's magazine, National Review, proclaimed McCaslin 'national ombudsman' for his knack of uncovering political shenanigans on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. In his book, Inside the Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops and Shenanigans From Around the Nation's Capital (Nelson Current, 2004), McCaslin humorously and insightfully explores and reveals more of the rules behind the political game.
His daily dose of outrageous anecdotes have appeared under his byline in numerous magazines, including Reader’s Digest and are fodder for numerous network news and talk shows. He’s been a regular on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” a frequent substitute host of The Rush Limbaugh Show on the EIB Network, The Mary Matalin Show on CBS Talk Radio Network and The Oliver North Show on Radio America, and he presently anchors a weekly “Inside the Beltway” segment on the ABC affiliate in Washington.
He was the 2000 conference chairman of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which presented him with its 1999 best-column award. Other recent honors include the 1999 Carlton Sherwood congressional media award. He was served on the board of directors of SCAN, Stop Child Abuse Now, and sits on the board of the Old Dominion University Alumni Association. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his daughter, Kerry.