Rob Hotakainen covers trade, international development and American Indian issues for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C.
He joined the McClatchy Washington Bureau as a correspondent for the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1999 and became the Minneapolis team leader in 2000, a position he held until 2007. A native of Minnesota, Rob worked as a reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis for 12 years before moving to Washington. And he was a Washington correspondent for the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee and McClatchy's Washington state newspapers from 2007 to 2012.
Hotakainen was named Washington’s top regional reporter in 2010 by the Washington Press Club Foundation, winning the David Lynch Regional Reporting Award.