Fairfax Committee of 100
Where leaders meet since 1977
If you are interested in issues affecting Fairfax County and Virginia, we invite you to attend our next
dinner on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Meet Dan Balz, Author of
Collision 2012:
Obama vs. Romney and the
Future of Elections in America

As the book’s title clearly notes, there is a “Collision” in America.

America’s political culture reflects deep ideological divisions under scored by a changing demographic makeup.

Mr. Balz, the Chief Correspondent at The Washington Post, brilliantly presents the story of the election battle of 2012. While the 2012 election is now history, its impact and tactics will continue to define all future political campaigns.

An important part of Mr. Balz’s story is how rapidly advancing technology capabilities are changing the way we now run our election campaigns. Modern campaigns are becoming a blend of many long-time tried-and-true tactics that are now super-charged with social media, email blasts, Twitter campaigns, and analyzing big data to target campaign messages to individual voters according to well-researched profiles.

America’s political culture, which once could easily be explained by red and blue states, has evolved to include purple states not clearly aligned with either political party. Political campaigns today have become a dynamic mix of technology and culture.

For anyone interested in America’s political future, this is a dinner you do not want to miss.


Amphora Restaurant
377 Maple Avenue, West
Vienna, VA 22180

Dinner Cost:
Members - $39
Non-Members - $49

Seating can only be guaranteed with advanced reservations

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Pre-Meeting Festivities: 7 - 7:30 PM
Dinner and Program:  7:30-9:30 PM

RSVP today 

by calling: 703-385-3753
or by sending an email to: wwhanks@cox.net

Please state your entrée preference:
Beef, Chicken, Fish, or Vegetarian


Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent, The Washington Post

Dan Balz

Chief Correspondent The Washington Post

Dan Balz has a distinguished career as a reporter and political columnist and author.

He joined The Washington Post in 1978 and has been involved in the paper’s political coverage as a reporter or editor throughout his years at the paper. He has served as the paper’s National Editor, Political Editor, White House correspondent, and Southwest correspondent. Before coming to the Post<, he worked as a reporter and deputy editor for National Journal and as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He is the co-author of several books about politics: Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival (1996); the New York Times bestseller The Battle For America 2008, The Story of an Extraordinary Election (a narrative history of the 2008 presidential campaign); and Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.

He is a recipient of the American Political Science Association award for political coverage and shared the Gerald R. Ford award for coverage of the presidency. He has received the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith award for deadline writing about the presidency and the National Press Club’s award for political analysis. He is a regular panelist on PBS’s “Washington Week” and MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” and is a frequent guest on other public affairs programs.

Mr. Balz was born in Freeport, Illinois, graduated from the University of Illinois, and served in the U.S. Army.

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