NATIONAL POLITICS TEAM

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:

 
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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.

Babington-Charles Charles Babington covers Congress and national politics from Washington. Prior to joining AP in 2007, he worked at The Washington Post, where he covered Maryland politics, Congress and the White House.

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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.

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. 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.

Cass-Connie Connie Cass has covered politics, policy and opinion polls as an AP writer and editor in Washington since 1993. She started her AP career in Nashville, Tenn., where she covered state politics before reporting as a correspondent from Evansville, Ind., and San Diego.

Cassata-Donna Donna Cassata covers defense, foreign policy and politics in Congress. 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.

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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 DNAinfo.com and then one year as senior political reporter at the New York Observer.

Elliot-Philip Philip Elliott writes about politics and trends from Washington. He previously covered the White House, the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and the 2006 and 2010 midterm elections for AP.

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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.

Mishak-Michael Michael Mishak is a Miami-based political writer covering national politics from Florida. A former political reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Mishak has earned honors from  the Los Angeles Press Club, the Best of the West journalism contest and the Nevada Press Association, which named him the state's best young journalist.

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



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.

Schelzig-Erik Erik Schelzig is a political reporter based in Nashville, Tenn. He covers Rand Paul's national political aspirations. He previously covered Al Gore's environmental activism, Fred Thompson's presidential campaign and Bob Corker's U.S. Senate victory in Tennessee. Schelzig has been with AP since 2003 and also has covered government, business and courts for the AP in Florida and West Virginia.

Thomas-Ken Ken Thomas is a national political writer based in Washington. 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


Pace-Julie Julie Pace serves as AP's chief White House correspondent. 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, Fla.

Kuhnhenn-Jim Jim Kuhnhenn is a Washington-based reporter who has covered the White House since 2010. He joined AP as a national political reporter in 2006 after working in the Washington bureau of Knight Ridder Newspapers and as Washington bureau chief for the Kansas City Star.

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.

Pickler-Nedra Nedra Pickler covers the White House for the AP in Washington, where she's worked for 13 years covering beats including presidential politics, the federal courts and auto industry regulation.

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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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