John Avlon is an author, columnist and commentator. He was editor-in-chief and managing director of The Daily Beast from 2013 to 2018 and will join CNN full-time as senior political analyst for the morning show New Day and fill-anchor in late June. He is the author of the books Independent Nation, Wingnuts, and Washington’s Farewell as well as co-editor of the acclaimed Deadline Artists journalism anthologies. He has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, RealTime with Bill Maher and The Daily Show. Avlon served as chief speechwriter to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for best online column in 2012. He lives in New York City with his wife Margaret Hoover and their two children.