A journalist whose career has spanned over 40 years, Novak got his first newspaper job while attending the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. army during the Korean War and then worked for the Associated Press. In 1958 he joined the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal as Senate correspondent and political reporter.
Novak began his political column "Inside Report" with Rowland Evans in 1963. It is now one of the longest running syndicated columns in the nation, carried by over 150 newspapers. Based on hard reporting and a fast-moving dateline, Novak has travelled throughout the U.S. and the world to cover politics, wars, revolutions and international conferences.
As a commentator for the Cable News Network (CNN), Novak is co-host of the "Evans and Novak" interview program. He also appears on and serves as co-executive producer of CNN's political roundtable "Capital Gang." He is an occasional co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" and often appears as an interviewer on NBC's "Meet the Press."
In collaboration with Evans, Novak produces the biweekly newsletter "The Evans-Novak Political Report." He has written for most of the nation's major periodicals and is currently a roving editor of the "Readers Digest." His books include "The Agony of the GOP" and co-authored with Evans, "Lyndon B. Johnson: The Exercise of Power," "Nixon in the White House" and "The Reagan Revolution."