Dana Milbank is a columnist for The Washington Post who writes the "Washington Sketch" column and twice weekly for the op-ed page. He joined the Post at the beginning of the 2000 presidential campaign as a political writer in the Style section. He later covered President Bush's first term and the 2004 election as a White House correspondent on the Post's National staff. During that time he won the White House Correspondent Association's Beckman award for "repeated excellence in White House coverage" and was named one of the nation's top political journalists by Columbia Journalism Review.

Milbank also serves as a political analyst for MSNBC. Before joining The Post, Milbank spent two years as a senior editor of The New Republic. Prior to that, he was a staff reporter of The Wall Street Journal for eight years. Milbank also has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine and other publications. He is author of SMASHMOUTH about the 2000 presidential campaign.

Milbank is a graduate of Yale University, where he received his B.A. cum laude in political science. Milbank lives in Washington with his wife and daughter