In the crowded, often cacophonous world of new media, AP's national politics team endeavors to break news, while providing clarity and crucial context. Led by veteran journalists in Washington and in key states around the country, the AP’s national politics team leverages AP's global newsgathering resources and boasts an impressive record of exclusive reports, accuracy and accountability journalism. Meet the team:

Sally Buzbee is Washington bureau chief for The Associated Press. Appointed in 2010, she leads reporters and editors working in a central multimedia newsroom and in offices at the White House and other key locations. She oversaw AP’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the New York Police Department’s surveillance of minority communities since the 9/11 terror attacks and helped lead AP's response in 2013 to the U.S. Department of Justice’s secret seizure of AP phone records. Buzbee previously held leadership positions for the news cooperative in Washington, Cairo and New York.

Scott-David David Scott directs the national political reporting team from Washington. A veteran AP journalist, he previously oversaw the news report in text, photos and video in 14 states in the Central Region of the U.S. From 2005 to 2009 he was AP's news editor in North Carolina, where he led coverage of the Duke University lacrosse rape case and the political career of former Sen. John Edwards. He also set up and directed the AP's Blacksburg, Va., newsroom after the Virginia Tech shootings, and served as an on-site editor during several hurricanes, including Katrina, Ike and Gustav.

Barrow-Bill Bill Barrow is AP's South regional political reporter based in Atlanta. He covers national political trends with a focus on a 13-state region that extends from Maryland to Louisiana. Before joining AP, he covered politics for newspapers in Alabama and Louisiana.

Scott Bauer is AP's Wisconsin Statehouse correspondent and is the lead writer for the AP's coverage of Gov. Scott Walker, who seeks the Republican presidential nomination. Bauer joined the Madison bureau in 2006 after working 10 years for AP as a state government reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and two years as a reporter for the News Tribune in La Salle, Illinois.

Beaumont-Thomas Thomas Beaumont covers national politics from the Midwest and is the lead writer for the AP's coverage of Iowa's presidential caucuses and the aspirations of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Based in Des Moines, Beaumont joined the AP in 2011, after working as The Des Moines Register’s chief political reporter.

Benac-Nancy Nancy Benac has covered government and politics in Washington for more than three decades. She was national political editor for the 1992 and 1996 presidential races.

Julie Bykowicz's beat includes money, politics, media and influence in Washington. She has previously reported on campaign finance for Bloomberg and Businessweek and began her career as a police reporter at The Baltimore Sun.

Cassata-Donna Donna Cassata is Congressional news editor.  A newswoman in AP's Washington bureau from 1986-94 and 2003 to present, Cassata was later the national political editor for the 2004, 2006 and 2008 election cycles.

Jill Colvin, based in Newark, N.J., is reporting on the political ambitions of Gov. Chris Christie and other major political figures in the region.  She spent three years in New York as a City Hall reporter for and then one year as senior political reporter at the New York Observer.

Jesse J. Holland covers race, ethnicity and demographics for the AP in Washington. He’s worked in Washington since 2000, covering the Supreme Court, the White House and Congress. He was previously based in Albany, New York, where he helped cover the first Senate campaign of Hillary Clinton and in Columbia, South Carolina, where he covered the last Senate campaign of Strom Thurmond.

Laurie Kellman is a national political reporter and editor who has covered Congress and elections for more than two decades. Over that time, she covered the presidential campaigns of Bob Dole, Donald Trump, John McCain and George W. Bush, the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton and an assortment of legislation. She helped direct coverage of the 2014 midterm elections.

Jonathan Lemire is a politics reporter based in New York City. He is covering national politics and the 2016 presidential election, with a focus on the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He also covers New York state and city politics, including the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Lisa Lerer is a national political reporter based in Washington, focused on coverage of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to joining AP in 2015, she covered politics, Congress and the White House for Bloomberg News, Businessweek magazine and Politico.

Catherine Lucey covers politics and government in Iowa, including the state’s leadoff presidential caucuses. Before joining The Associated Press in 2013, she worked for the Philadelphia Daily News, where she reported on political campaigns and served as City Hall bureau chief. 

Peoples-Steve Steve Peoples is a national political reporter based in Washington, with a focus on the Republican Party and presidential politics. He has covered politics for more than a decade and spent much of the 2012 election cycle traveling with Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

Kathleen Ronayne is based in New Hampshire, where she reports on the first-in-the-nation presidential primary and state politics. She previously covered the midterm elections, politics and education for the Concord Monitor.

Riccardi-Nicholas Nicholas Riccardi is the West regional political writer, covering western politics, immigration and demographic trends from Denver. He's a former investigative reporter and bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.

Emily Swanson has been a member of The Associated Press polling unit in Washington since 2014. She designs survey questionnaires, analyzes polling data and writes about public opinion. She previously worked in survey research for and the Huffington Post.

Thomas-Ken Ken Thomas is a national political writer based in Washington, focused on coverage of the Democratic Party and presidential politics. He covered the White House and President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign and has reported on politics in Iowa and Florida for AP.

Woodward-Calvin Calvin Woodward is one of the AP's lead writers and accountability reporters, specializing in fact- checking politicians in the White House, on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail.

White House team

Julie Pace serves as AP's chief White House correspondent, and her focus also includes 2016 campaign coverage. She joined AP's White House team in 2009 after covering the 2008 presidential election. She makes frequent national television appearances. Prior to AP, she worked as a journalist in South Africa, Zambia and Tampa, Florida.

Lederman-Josh Josh Lederman is a White House reporter and focuses on domestic and foreign policy as well as electoral politics and Vice President Joe Biden. Lederman previously reported for  AP in Jerusalem and the New Jersey Statehouse, as well as for The Hill newspaper.

Darlene Superville has covered the White House, including a focus on first lady Michelle Obama, since 2009. She came to Washington through New Jersey, where she covered the Statehouse and the 1993 Whitman-Florio gubernatorial race. In Washington, Superville covered GOP presidential and vice presidential candidates in 1996 and, later, Congress. She was a lead editor on the national political desk for the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 campaigns. 

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