Judges

Molly Ball

National Political Correspondent, Time
Regional Judge

A prominent voice on U.S. politics, Molly Ball serves as national political correspondent for Time, covering the Trump administration, the national political climate, personalities, policy debates, and campaigns across America. She is also a political analyst for CNN and frequent television and radio commentator.

Prior to joining Time, Ball was a staff writer covering U.S. politics for The Atlantic. She previously reported for Politico, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Las Vegas Sun. She has worked for newspapers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Cambodia, as well as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Ball is the recipient of the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, the Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism and the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis for her coverage of political campaigns.

A graduate of Yale University, she was a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2009-2010. Ball grew up in Idaho and Colorado. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children.