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Molly Ball

Senior political correspondent

Molly Ball
Molly Ball is The Wall Street Journal’s senior political correspondent, covering campaigns, the White House, Congress, political personalities and policy debates across America. She is also a frequent television and radio commentator and the author of Pelosi, a bestselling biography of the first woman Speaker of the House. Prior to joining the Journal, she covered U.S. politics for Time magazine, the Atlantic, Politico and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She has worked for newspapers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Cambodia, as well as The New York Times and The Washington Post. She has received numerous awards for her political coverage, including the Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress, the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. Ball is a graduate of Yale University and a former Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan, and once won $100,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? She grew up in Idaho and Colorado and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and three children.  
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The Wall Street Journal presents THE JOURNAL: Economy Anxiety and the Election

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 1:30pm

There’s a striking disconnect between how Americans feel about the economy and the direction the economy is going. How will those feelings shape the 2024 election and how much does the economy really matter in the Biden vs. Trump rematch? Join Kate Linebaugh and Ryan Knutson, co-hosts of podcast The Journal, as they sit down with The Wall Street Journal’s senior political correspondent Molly Ball for a live taping of the show.

The Journal is a daily podcast about money, business and power from The Wall Street Journal and Spotify.

Kate Linebaugh
Ryan Knutson
Molly Ball
Featuring: Kate Linebaugh, Ryan Knutson, Molly Ball

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About the Festival

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

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