BOOKER’S CHEAT SHEET
Emma Haberl, National Journal Editorial Booker
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Energy and Environment..................................................11
National Security and Foreign Policy...............................12
Immigration, Education, and Transportation....................13
Ron Fournier is the first editor responsible for editorial strategy and execution for all of the National
Journal Group products across all platforms: web, print, video and live events. Prior to joining National
Journal, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington Bureau Chief.
Starting with a Little Rock posting, covering Bill Clinton's second term as governor, Fournier moved to
Washington to report on the Clinton White House. He has won numerous awards for his work, including
the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 elections and a
four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents' Association Merriman Smith Memorial
Michael Hirsh is chief correspondent for National Journal. Hirsh previously served as the senior editor
and national economics correspondent for Newsweek, based in its Washington bureau. He was also
Newsweek’s Washington web editor and authored a weekly column for Newsweek.com, “The World
from Washington.” Earlier on, he was Newsweek’s foreign editor, guiding its award-winning coverage of
the September 11 attacks and the war on terror. He has done on-the-ground reporting in Iraq, Afghanistan,
and other places around the world, and served as the Tokyo-based Asia Bureau Chief for Institutional
Investor from 1992 to 1994.
Hirsh has appeared many times as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and National
Public Radio. He has written for the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post,
Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, and Washington Monthly, and authored two books, Capital Offense: How
Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future over to Wall Street and At War with Ourselves: Why
America Is Squandering its Chance to Build a Better World. Hirsh has received numerous awards,
including the Overseas Press Club award for best magazine reporting from abroad in 2001 and for
Newsweek’s coverage of the war on terror, which also won a National Magazine Award.
http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/9 (at 12:04)
National Journal Daily Editor
Matthew Cooper is Managing Editor of White House coverage for National Journal. Cooper has held
reporting and editorial positions at several of Washington’s most respected news organizations, serving as
White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, deputy Washington Bureau Chief for
Newsweek, deputy Washington Bureau Chief and White House Correspondent for Time, and Politics
Editor for Time.com. Cooper has also been an Editor for Washington Monthly and The New Republic,
Washington Editor for Conde Nast Portfolio, Politics Correspondent for TheAtlantic.com, and Editor-at-
Large for TalkingPointsMemo.com. Cooper has also contributed to Slate and the New York Times. Prior
to joining National Journal, he was Senior Adviser to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.
ADAM B. KUSHNER
Deputy Magazine Editor
Adam Kushner is deputy editor of National Journal magazine. Prior to National Journal, he served as a
senior editor at Newsweek, editing foreign coverage, including major projects such as a Berlin Wall
retrospective and coverage of the 2010 World Cup. Earlier, Kushner covered ideas and trends for the
foreign desk as a senior writer. From 2003 to 2007, Kushner held a variety of positions at The New
Republic, including a post as Assistant Managing Editor and, ultimately, Managing Editor/Online. In that
role, he managed all aspects of the site and oversaw a relaunch of TNR.com. Kushner is a graduate of
Columbia University, and co-founded both the Columbia Political Review and the Columbia Journal of
Literary Criticism during his time there. He is a native of New Orleans.
(video is halfway down the page)
Deputy Magazine Editor
Edmund Andrews is Managing Editor of Economics, Taxes, and Budget for National Journal. Prior to
joining National Journal, he served as economics correspondent for the New York Times from 1992 to
2009, and as senior Washington correspondent for the Fiscal Times. In his 17 years at the New York
Times, Andrews served as Technology and Telecommunications correspondent, European Economics
correspondent, Economics and War correspondent in Baghdad, and Senior Economics correspondent in
Washington. During that time, he covered many of the nation's most transforming events: the Internet
and biotech revolutions, the emergence of capitalism in central Europe and Russia, the creation of the
euro, the dot-com bubble and bust, and the mortgage meltdown and subsequent global economic crisis.
In 2009, Andrews authored Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown, his own
harrowingly personal account of the financial crisis.
A native of San Diego, Andrews earned his bachelor's degree from Colgate University, and a
master's degree from Northwestern University. He is married to Patricia Barreiro and has four children –
Ryan, Matthew, Daniel and Emily.
White House Correspondent
Marc Ambinder is a White House Correspondent for National Journal Group. Prior to National Journal,
he served as the politics editor for The Atlantic, where he curated the influential Politics channel on
TheAtlantic.com and contributed to the magazine. He was also a chief political consultant to CBS News.
At the Hotline, Ambinder was the founding editor of "Hotline On Call," a pathbreaking political
news blog. He also worked as a producer and reporter for the ABC News Political Unit and was one of
the founders of ABC's "The Note,"
In 2009, he was part of the team was awarded the Columbia University School of Journalism's
Dupont Silver Baton for Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin. At ABC News, his work included
Emmy-nominated research for "This Week." The Politics site has been nominated for a Webby and has
won several national awards, including the Golden Dot from George Washington University's Democracy
Online project. He covers politics, policy, national security and science. Born in New York City, raised in
Central Florida, he's a 2001 graduate of Harvard and lives in Washington, D.C.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW5hXjVzP3Q&feature=fvsr (:45 in)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N-Z_ENHF-k (:15 in)
Staff Writer, White House
George E. Condon Jr. is a staff writer covering the White House for National Journal. He joined National
Journal at the beginning of the Obama administration, covering the White House for CongressDaily.
Prior to that, he covered the White House and national politics as Washington bureau chief for Copley
News Service and the San Diego Union-Tribune. At Copley, Condon interviewed seven presidents and
reported from 88 countries. He led the team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for
coverage of the corruption of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Condon is a past president of the White
House Correspondents Association.
Major Garrett is a congressional correspondent for National Journal. Prior to National Journal, Garret
reported for Fox News, where he was the Chief White House Correspondent. During his eight years at
Fox, Garrett also covered Congress, two presidential elections, the war in Iraq and many other issues of
Before joining Fox News, Garrett was a White House correspondent for CNN, covering
Presidents Bush and Clinton. Prior to that he was a senior editor and congressional correspondent for U.S.
News and World Report, where he reported on Congress and the impeachment of President Clinton. From
1990-1995, he was a congressional reporter for The Washington Times, and from 1995-1997, he was the
newspaper's deputy national editor. Earlier in his career Garrett was a reporter for The Houston Post, Las
Vegas Review-Journal and the Amarillo Globe-News.
Garrett's also authored three books. His third, The Enduring Revolution (2005), was recently
voted one of the best non-fiction political books of all time by readers of Chris Cillizza's Washington Post
"The Fix" blog.
Susan Davis is a congressional correspondent for National Journal. Davis previously served as the lead
writer for the popular political blog “Washington Wire” at The Wall Street Journal, where she was a
member of WSJ’s political team since September 2007. As part of that team, Davis covered the 2008
presidential campaign, Congress and congressional campaigns. Prior to that, she covered the U.S. House
for Roll Call. Davis has also worked for CongressDaily, covering the House, Senate and campaign
finance beats. Her first job at the National Journal Group was in the research department of the Almanac
of American Politics.
http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/watch_the_show/13936 (at 11:43)
http://video.thechrismatthewsshow.com/player/?id=1263360 (at 11:39)
http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/watch_the_show/10309 (6:45 in)
Editor-In-Chief, National Journal’s Hotline
Reid Wilson is editor-in-chief of National Journal Hotline, and contributes analysis of the national
political environment in his weekly column, On The Trail. Reid is also political contributor to Sirius-XM
Before becoming editor-in-chief, Wilson was editor of Hotline On Call, Hotline’s political blog.
He has also served as a staff writer at The Hill newspaper, where he covered Congress, politics,
campaigns and elections. He has covered the Supreme Court, the Federal Election Commission and top
political races as they develop across the country.
Reid spent the 2008 election cycle authoring a popular political blog at RealClearPolitics.com,
where he covered the presidential caucuses in Iowa, the primaries in New Hampshire and several debates
around the nation. Also during the 2008 cycle, Wilson hosted a nationally-broadcast political talk show
on XM Satellite Radio, on which he hosted the top newsmakers, reporters and analysts in the nation,
including House Minority Leader John Boehner, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
chairman Chris Van Hollen, National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Tom Cole and top
advisors to both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees.
In 2006, Wilson covered polls and polling for The Hotline. He has also written for The New
Republic, the Arizona Capitol Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and National Journal. He has appeared
as a guest analyst on dozens of radio shows across the nation and on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and C-
A native of Seattle, Wilson graduated from The George Washington University.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/hotlines-reid-wilson-top-line-11824158 (at 1:02)
Beth Reinhard is a political correspondent for National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal in
November, Reinhard was the political writer at The Miami Herald. She covered local, statewide and
national campaigns and wrote a weekly column on politics for 11 years. She previously worked at The
Palm Beach Post, Education Week and The Home News. Born and raised in Miami, Reinhard received
her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in journalism from
Managing Editor, Politics
Kathy Kiely is Managing Editor of Politics for National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, she
covered Congress and national politics for USA Today. Before joining USA Today in 1998, Kiely
covered the White House for the New York Daily News, served as the Washington Bureau Chief for the
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Houston Post, and covered Washington for the Pittsburgh Press. She
has covered every presidential election since 1980.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/kathy-kiely-usa-today-financial-reform-10460251 (at :57)
Chief Analyst, National Journal Daily
Jim O'Sullivan is chief analyst for National Journal Daily. Prior to joining National Journal, O’Sullivan
spent almost five years as a reporter at the State House News Service in Boston. Prior to that, he was
news editor at the Dorchester Reporter and editor-in-chief of The Heights, the independent student
weekly of Boston College.
Executive Editor, National Journal’s Hotline
Josh Kraushaar is executive editor of National Journal Hotline and pens the weekly “Against the Grain”
column. Kraushaar previously reported for Politico, where he broke political news and covered and
analyzed campaigns. Kraushaar has appeared as a political analyst on television and radio, including FOX
News, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio and C-SPAN. He co-hosted a weekly radio show on XM
Radio during the 2008 presidential election titled “Politics Nation” along with Hotline Editor-in-Chief
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7RP6bBX5ts (at 2:45)
Jim Tankersley is the economics correspondent for National Journal. Tankersley joined National Journal
from the Tribune Washington Bureau, where he covered energy, the environment and politics, with a
heavy focus on economic issues during the 2008 presidential campaign, for newspapers including the Los
Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. He previously worked at the Toledo Blade, the Rocky Mountain
News and The Oregonian. Tankersley and a colleague at The Blade won the 2007 Livingston Award for
Young Journalists for their “Business as Usual” series of stories revealing the true roots of Ohio’s
economic decline. He was also part of the “Coingate” team at the Toledo Blade that was a finalist for the
Pulitzer Prize. Tankersley is an Oregon native and 2000 graduate of Stanford University. He lives in
Washington with his wife, Marci Prenger, and his son Max.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hce-w_Y6DWM (at 1:50)
Economics Staff Writer
Stacy Kaper is the economics staff writer for National Journal covering financial regulation and housing
reform. Previously, Kaper spent five years as the Capitol Hill reporter for American Banker newspaper
where she covered the foreclosure and financial crisis including the debate and implementation of the
$700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer
Protection Act. Kaper also covered the financial services implications at the 2008 Democratic and
Republican National Conventions where she interviewed economic advisors to Obama and McCain.
Previously Kaper was a freelancer covering agriculture for The (Baltimore) Sun. Prior to that she was a
reporter for a chain of five weekly papers in Los Angeles, where she covered local government and
California’s energy crunch. She studied international relations and journalism at Syracuse University and
has a Master of Journalism from the University of Maryland.
As National Journal’s lobbying correspondent, Chris Frates covers the intersection of money, politics and
policy inhabited by Washington’s influence class. Prior to joining NJ, he worked for Politico where he
founded and authored Politico Influence, a daily intelligence and analysis email chronicling Washington’s
lobbyists and message makers.
Previously, he covered health care reform for Politico, regularly breaking news and driving the
conversation on that all-consuming debate. Frates also founded and wrote Politico Pulse, the
organization's daily health reform email briefing that quickly became a must-read crib sheet in
Before coming to Washington, Frates covered the Colorado legislature and politics for The
Denver Post and was part of a team whose work was recognized as a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize
for breaking news.
Frates has covered three statehouses and numerous local, state and national campaigns. And his
political analysis has been featured on the CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, WTOP and
many other national and local television and radio programs.
Of all the important people he has interviewed, Frates still counts Mister Rogers among his favorites.
Staff Writer, Health Policy
Meghan McCarthy covers health policy throughout Washington for National Journal. Prior to joining
National Journal, McCarthy worked at Congressional Quarterly, where she covered the House of
Representatives and contributed to CQ Healthbeat. She has a background in hospital-focused health
research. McCarthy graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in government and
*ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT*
Energy and Environment Correspondent
Coral Davenport is an energy and environment correspondent for National Journal. Prior to joining
National Journal, Davenport reported for Politico, where she covered a wide range of energy issues. She
has also worked as a correspondent for CQ, delivering extensive reporting and analysis on energy and
climate change policy. She sent on-site reports from the international climate change conference in
Copenhagen in 2009 during her tenure at CQ. She has also reported for the Christian Science Monitor,
USA Today and the Atlanta Constitution-Journal.
Energy and Environment Reporter
Amy Harder reports on energy and the environment for National Journal and moderates an expert blog on
the topic as well. She also previously covered the selection of a new Supreme Court justice, writing for
National Journal’s The Ninth Justice blog. Harder has covered a variety of topics since coming to
National Journal in May 2008, including foreign policy, national security and political advertising. Prior
to her time here, Harder was a staff writer for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Harder
is originally from Washington State and received a B.A. in journalism with honors from Western
*NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY*
Senior National Security Correspondent
Yochi Dreazen is a senior correspondent for National Journal Group covering military affairs and national
security. Prior to joining National Journal, Dreazen reported for the Wall Street Journal, where he was the
Military Correspondent. During his 11 years at the Journal, Dreazen made more than 30 lengthy trips to
Iraq and Afghanistan, spending a total of five years on the ground in the two countries, primarily as a
frontline combat embed. He first arrived in Iraq with the Fourth Infantry Division in April 2003 and spent
the next two-and-a-half years in Baghdad as the Journal's main Iraq correspondent. Dreazen has reported
from more than 40 countries, including Japan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia and
http://video.foxnews.com/v/4015188/afghan-military-op-delayed (1:04 in)
James Kitfield has written on defense, national security and foreign policy issues from Washington, D.C.
for over two decades. He is a three-time winner of the Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting
on National Defense, most recently in 2009 for his first-hand reporting on the Afghan War and other
ongoing conflicts and threats. He has twice won the Military Reporters and Editors Association award and
the Medill School of Journalism’s top prize for excellence in reporting for his first hand coverage of the
war in Afghanistan (2009) and the surge in Iraq (2008). He is a recipient of the 2002 Stewart Alsop Media
Excellence Award, sponsored by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, for his coverage of the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and follow-on events. He received the 2001 Peter R. Weitz Prize
from the German Marshall Fund for excellence in reporting on European affairs, and the 2000 Edwin
Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence given annually by the National Press Club to recognize
excellence in reporting on diplomatic and foreign policy issues.
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/5748950/15058672 (about halfway through)
Staff Writer, Defense and National Security
Megan Scully has covered defense and national security for National Journal since April 2005. She
previously worked for several defense trade publications, including Defense News and Inside the Army.
Megan's work has also appeared in Government Executive, Air Force and Seapower magazines. Her
experience covering defense dates back to early 2002 and has focused predominately on military budget,
acquisition and policy issues. She closely tracks the major issues and players on Capitol Hill, at the
Pentagon and within the defense industry. Before covering defense, Scully covered Capitol Hill at States
News Service for several local papers around the country. She is a graduate of American University and
holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism.
*IMMIGRATION, TRANSPORTATION, AND
Fawn Johnson is a correspondent for National Journal, covering a range of issues including immigration,
transportation and education. Johnson is a long-time student of Washington policymaking, previously
reporting for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal where she covered financial regulation
and telecommunications. She is an alumna of CongressDaily, where she covered health care, labor, and
immigration. Johnson first covered Congress at BNA Inc., where she covered labor, welfare, immigration,
and asbestos liability. She has an M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communication at University of
Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Bates College.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oReSGGYDhXo (at 1:00)