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Title Name/Email Work Phone
Investigative Reporter Chris Adams
cadams@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6071

Chris Adams is a reporter for the McClatchy Washington Bureau, focusing on the environment, agriculture and Florida issues.

He joined the bureau's investigative team in 2003, and previously worked for The Wall Street Journal and The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune.

In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (with colleagues Greg Gordon and Kevin Hall) for detailing the double-dealing and lack of oversight that contributed to the nation's financial meltdown. He also was a Pulitzer finalist in 1996 and 1999, and in 2000 was part of a six-person Journal team that won the Pulitzer for coverage of military spending issues.

His previous work for the Washington Bureau won several awards, including the National Press Club award for best Washington reporting, the NIHCM Foundation Annual Health Care Journalism Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for best Washington reporting, the Society of Professional Journalists Award for best Washington reporting, a Heywood Broun Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for outstanding business reporting, and the National Headliner Award. Before joining the bureau, his reporting won the George Polk, Robert F. Kennedy, Worth Bingham, Clark Mollenhoff, Investigative Reporters & Editors, and Livingston awards.

He also teaches journalism at American University and at Northwestern University's Washington program.

Stories by Chris Adams

News Desk Chief Beryl Adcock
badcock@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6056

Beryl Adcock is responsible for final edits on the bureau's stories and for communicating with McClatchy's newspapers about our plans.

Before she joined the bureau in 1998, she spent 13 years as a copy editor and copy desk chief at The Charlotte Observer and five years at the Florida Times-Union. She was one of the first recipients of the Knight Foundation Fellowship for Copy Editors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 1997.

Foreign Affairs Correspondent Hannah Allam
hallam@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6186

Hannah Allam is a national correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, covering foreign affairs and the State Department.

She formerly covered the Middle East and Islamic world as bureau chief in Cairo, Egypt. She also spent more than two years reporting on the war in Iraq as Baghdad bureau chief. She was named "Journalist of the Year 2004" by the National Association of Black Journalists. Knight Ridder recognized her war coverage with a Journalism Excellence Award in 2004 and the John S. Knight Gold Medal in 2005.

The Overseas Press Club awarded Allam and two colleagues from the Baghdad bureau its Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper reporting from abroad in 2005. She joined the Washington bureau's foreign staff in 2003. Stories by Hannah Allam

Washington Bureau Chief James Asher
jasher@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6053

James Asher is the Washington Bureau Chief, leading the work of 40 reporters and editors in Washington and around the globe.

In addition to providing national and international coverage for McClatchy’s 30 daily newspapers and for some 1,200 clients of the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Asher is responsible for leading the bureau's digital news operations.

Prior to his appointment as bureau chief in February 2011, Asher was the bureau's investigative editor, directing extensive inquiries into America's economic upheaval as well as of the treatment of the nation's veterans and of the dangers of unapproved uses of prescription drugs. He also was responsible for directing coverage of the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the broad topic of consumer affairs.

The bureau's work he edited on Goldman, Moody's and the collapse of the American economy was selected as a 2010 finalist for national reporting by the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Asher also was editor for the bureau’s investigative work on the firings of U.S. attorneys and the subsequent resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, on the federal government's botched response after Hurricane Katrina and on various nominees to the Supreme Court. Since joining the bureau in December 2002, investigative stories he edited have won several other national journalism awards, including Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists; two Gerald Loeb Awards, The Malcolm Forbes Award from the Overseas Press Club, National Headliner Awards and the Heywood Broun Award.

Asher came to the bureau from The Baltimore Sun, where stories he edited prompted reforms of the police department, a major overhaul of the criminal courts and $50 million investment by the State of Maryland to combat lead paint poisoning. Two stories he edited at The Sun were selected as Pulitzer finalists.

Asher also worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 12 years as a reporter and an editor. As a reporter, he covered the New Jersey statehouse and later was assigned to The Inquirer’s business news staff. In 1984, he was a lead reporter on the paper’s investigation of Vice Presidential Candidate Geraldine Ferraro, which unearthed the connections between her husband and New York’s organized crime figures. Later his reporting on mismanagement at the Port of Philadelphia prompted a state takeover of operations and a $100 million investment in port infrastructure. As an editor at The Inquirer, one investigative project he directed on crime among Hispanic mushroom pickers won a Robert F. Kennedy award.

Asher holds a B.S. and a M.S. from Syracuse University and did postgraduate work in finance, economics and accounting in Temple University's MBA program.

Freelance Reporter Adam Baron  

Adam Baron is a freelance journalist based in Sanaa, Yemen who reports regularly for McClatchy Newspapers.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Williams College with a dual degree in Arab Studies and Religion. He has been based in Sanaa since January 2011.

His writing has also appeared in other outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, the Daily Telegraph, Foreign Policy, the Nation and Sports Illustrated. Stories by Adam Baron

National Editor Barbara Barrett
bbarrett@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-8012

Barbara Barrett is a national editor for McClatchy, supervising correspondents who cover Washington for the chain's 30 newspapers. Previously she was the bureau's regional editor.

She came to Washington in 2006 and previously served as the regional correspondent for the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. She has been a reporter and editor at The N&O, the St. Petersburg Times, the York Daily Record and the Battle Creek Enquirer.

She won the Washington Press Foundation's David Lynch Award for regional reporting in 2011. In the past, she's won an Associated Press Managing Editors Association award for her work on returning war veterans and was on the team that was a Pulitzer finalist for coverage of Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

She has won awards for investigative, feature and sports writing, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

News Editor Mike Bold
mbold@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-8017

Mike Bold is the news editor of the McClatchy Washington Bureau, producing the daily news budget, helping to coordinate the website and taking over as night editor.

He was regional editor in the Washington Bureau from 2006 to 2011. He was news editor in the McClatchy Washington Bureau from 1998 to 2006, directing national and regional coverage.

During the Iraq war, he coordinated coverage from all the McClatchy papers. He came from The Sacramento Bee, his hometown newspaper, where he was national editor. He previously worked on the national desks of the San Jose Mercury News and The Dallas Morning News, and for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He's a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Africa Correspondent Alan Boswell
aboswell@mcclatchydc.com
 

Alan Boswell is a special correspondent for McClatchy, covering Africa. He's based in Nairobi, Kenya, but travels widely.

He joined McClatchy in November 2010 as a special Sudan correspondent out of Juba, South Sudan, where he contributed in-depth coverage of the breakup of Sudan into two countries.

A native of western Illinois, Boswell moved to Nairobi as a freelancer in 2009. His work from the region has appeared in Time Magazine, NPR, Bloomberg News, Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review, Jane's Intelligence Review and Small Arms Survey, among others, and he served as an editor for Voice of America.

His reporting is underwritten in part by a grant from Humanity United, a California-based foundation that focuses on human rights issues. Stories by Alan Boswell

White House Correspondent Lesley Clark
lclark@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6054

Lesley Clark covers the White House for McClatchy Newspapers.

She arrived in Washington in 2006 as a regional reporter for the Miami Herald, and later the Bradenton Herald as well. She was assigned to cover the White House in July 2011.

Before coming to Washington, she worked for the Miami Herald in Tallahassee and Miami, covering state government and politics. She was a contributor to the Herald's Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting in 2000 and a contributor to the Herald's coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer. Stories by Lesley Clark

National Correspondent Sean Cockerham
scockerham@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6016

Sean Cockerham covers energy, resource development and the Interior Department for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C.

Cockerham, who also contributes to the Anchorage Daily News, covered Sarah Palin and Alaska politics before joining the D.C. bureau. He previously worked for the Tacoma News Tribune, including coverage of the war in Iraq.

Since joining the bureau Cockerham's coverage has ranged from Congress to the presidential campaign trail to the resurgence and troubles of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Cockerham has won regional and national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, as well as a McClatchy President's award. Stories by Sean Cockerham

Digital News Developer Danny Dougherty
ddougherty@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-0015

Danny Dougherty is a digital news developer with the Washington Bureau. Before coming to McClatchy, he was a graphics reporter with Bloomberg, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pew Research Center and US News & World Report. Dougherty is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia school of journalism.

Congress Correspondent William Douglas
wdouglas@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6026

William Douglas covers Congress and the presidential election campaign for McClatchy Newspapers.

He previously worked for Newsday in New York City and Washington. He's covered New York City Public Schools, the state's colleges and universities, the Newt Gingrich-led Republican revolution in Congress, President Clinton's second term, foreign affairs and the war with Iraq from the Pentagon.

He majored in news-editorial journalism and received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina in 1980.

Douglas is an avid ice hockey player. Stories by William Douglas

National Correspondent Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-0006

Michael Doyle covers legal affairs, courts, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Justice Department for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C.

He also writes for the Fresno Bee, Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star. He is the author of Suits and Sentences, the McClatchy legal affairs blog.

He joined the McClatchy Washington Bureau in 1988. He's a graduate of Oberlin College, and earned a master of studies in law from Yale Law School, where he was a Knight Journalism Fellow. He also earned a masters in government from The Johns Hopkins University. In 2004, Syracuse University Press published his book "The Forestport Breaks: A Nineteenth Century Conspiracy Along the Black River Canal." In 2012, Syracuse published his second book, "Radical Chapters: Pacifist Bookseller Roy Kepler and the Paperback Revolution."

He's served since 2002 as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in Arlington County. Stories by Michael Doyle

National Editor David Goldstein
dgoldstein@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6105

David Goldstein is a national editor for McClatchy's Washington Bureau. He has covered Washington and national politics since 1995.

Goldstein formerly wrote for The Kansas City Star and The Wichita Eagle. He was government and politics editor in Kansas City before that, and has also worked on newspapers in Pennsylvania. He has covered several presidential campaigns and exposed problems related to the health of troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Among his reporting awards was the National Press Club’s Washington Correspondence Award in 2001 for a story about the link between legislation and campaign contributions. He is a graduate of George Washington University.

Investigative Reporter Greg Gordon
ggordon@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-8005

Greg Gordon, an investigative reporter, has spent 35 years uncovering waste, fraud, abuse and misconduct in Washington.

Since joining McClatchy's national staff in 2006, he has helped expose Wall Street's role in the 2008 financial crisis, partisanship in the Justice Department and gaps in U.S. homeland security. In 2010, he and colleagues Kevin Hall and Chris Adams won a Gerald Loeb award for business reporting and were honored as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for their financial reporting, which included Gordon's four-part series detailing Goldman Sachs' selloff of tens of billions of dollars in securities backed by risky home mortgages while it secretly bet that a housing downturn would send the value of those securities plummeting.

In 2008, he, along with Margaret Talev and Marisa Taylor, won a McClatchy "President's Award" and Scripps Howard's Raymond Clapper Memorial Award for Washington reporting (Gordon's second Clapper award) for exposing the Bush administration's politicization of the Justice Department.

Earlier, Gordon spent 13 years with the Minneapolis Star Tribune and McClatchy, covering the prosecution of al-Qaida terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui and writing about asbestos in the workplace, money and politics, aviation, law enforcement and the environment. He also worked for The Detroit News' Washington bureau and spent 18 years with United Press International, where he headed its Washington investigative team and won the 1983 Raymond Clapper award for coverage of an EPA scandal.

In 1990, he and co-author Ronald E. Cohen won Sigma Delta Chi's gold medal for their book "Down to the Wire," chronicling UPI's financial collapse. Stories by Greg Gordon

Europe Bureau Chief Roy Gutman
rgutman@mcclatchydc.com
 

Roy Gutman is the Europe Bureau Chief for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Istanbul.

Previously, he served as McClatchy's Baghdad bureau chief and, before that as foreign editor. He has also been diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek and director of American University's Crimes of War Project. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1993 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he provided the first documented reports of concentration camps.

Gutman's honors include the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, and a special Human Rights in Media Award from the International League for Human Rights. He holds an M.A. in international relations from the London School of Economics. Stories by Roy Gutman

Washington Editor Anders Gyllenhaal
agyllenhaal@mcclatchy.com
202-383-6002

Anders Gyllenhaal is vice president, news and Washington editor of The McClatchy Company. He is the company's top news executive and oversees the Washington Bureau, foreign news bureaus and McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Gyllenhaal is the immediate past chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board and served on the Pulitzer board from 2001 to 2010.

He began his journalism career in 1975 as a reporter for the Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, Va. In 1977 he moved to The Press in Atlantic City, N.J., and joined The Miami Herald in 1979, where he worked as a local news reporter, statewide correspondent, investigative reporter and Broward County editor.

In 1991, Gyllenhaal moved to The News & Observer, working as metro editor and managing editor before becoming editor in 1997. The News & Observer was a digital pioneer in the early 1990s, developing an ambitious online strategy and publishing one of the first news and sports websites updated around the clock. In 1996, the paper won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for "Boss Hog," a five-part series examining the environmental and health risks surrounding North Carolina's growing hog industry.

From 2002 to 2007, Gyllenhaal was editor of the Star Tribune, Minnesota's largest newspaper, where he oversaw dramatic redesigns of both the newspaper and its website. In 2007, he returned to The Miami Herald as executive editor and continued the paper's traditions of journalism excellence and innovation.

In 2009, The Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for a series of black-and-white photographs taken of a storm-ravaged Haiti and the resulting humanitarian disaster. Under Gyllenhaal's leadership, The Miami Herald forged a number of creative partnerships with other Florida newspapers to expand The Miami Herald's print and digital offerings during a difficult economy and with fewer resources.

Gyllenhaal was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in rural Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from George Washington University.

Chief Economics Correspondent Kevin G. Hall
khall@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6038

Kevin G. Hall, the former South America bureau chief, is the Bureau's chief economics correspondent. During a 25-year career he has worked in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Saudi Arabia, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and has reported from across the globe. He is the 2004 winner of the Sigma Delta Chi award, given by the Society of Professional Journalists Award for best foreign correspondence. A member of the National Economists Club, Hall is also on the executive committee of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the nation's premier association for business journalists.

In 2010, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting (along with colleagues Greg Gordon and Chris Adams) for detailing in 2009 how Wall Street sold out investors and caused the nation's deep financial crisis. They shared the University of Southern California's Loeb Award for that package. He is also the 2011 recipient of the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism, given by Washington University in St. Louis. Stories by Kevin G. Hall

National Correspondent Rob Hotakainen
rhotakainen@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-8009

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. Stories by Rob Hotakainen

Mexico City Bureau Chief Tim Johnson
tjohnson@mcclatchydc.com
 

Tim Johnson is the Mexico City bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers.

He was the Beijing bureau chief for Knight Ridder and McClatchy from 2003 to 2009, with responsibility for China and Taiwan.

He previously worked for 14 years for the Miami Herald, covering U.S. policy toward Latin America. He served as a foreign correspondent for The Herald through most of the 1990s in Central America and the Andean region.

Johnson won the 1996 Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University for "courageous and valiant reporting" from Latin America, and was a 2000-2001 Knight Fellow at Stanford University. Stories by Tim Johnson

White House Correspondent Anita Kumar
akumar@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6017

Anita Kumar covers the White House for McClatchy Newspapers.

She previously worked at The Washington Post, covering Virginia politics and government, and spent a decade at the St. Petersburg Times, writing about local, state and federal government both in Florida and Washington.

She also worked briefly at the News & Advance in Lynchburg, Va. and the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. A native Virginian, Anita grew up in Charlottesville and attended the University of Virginia. Stories by Anita Kumar

National Security & Intelligence Correspondent Jonathan S. Landay
jlanday@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6012

Jonathan S. Landay, senior national security and intelligence correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, has written about foreign affairs and U.S. defense, intelligence and foreign policies for more than 25 years.

In his current post, he covers intelligence and defense issues, terrorism, nuclear weapons and arms control policies, with a close focus on U.S. foreign policy toward Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. He frequently visits Afghanistan, where he travels unilaterally and embeds with U.S. and Afghan forces.

From 1985-94, Landay covered South Asia and former Yugoslavia for United Press International and then for the Christian Science Monitor. He moved to Washington in December 1994 to cover defense and foreign affairs for the Christian Science Monitor.

In October 1999, he joined Knight Ridder, which was purchased in 2006 by McClatchy Newspapers.

Landay has spent much of his career on the ground chronicling ethnic, religious and political conflicts in Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans. He covered the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in China, the wars of former Yugoslavia, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the 2001 U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

He was a co-recipient of the 2003 Raymond Clapper Memorial Award for disclosing the Bush administration's use of bogus and exaggerated intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq. In 2005, he was part of a team that won a National Headliners Award for "How the Bush Administration Went to War in Iraq." He also won a 2005 Award of Distinction from the Medill School of Journalism, Georgetown University's 2007 Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting Special Citation and was a co-recipient of the National Press Club's 2011 Edward M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence for an investigative series on contracting corruption in Afghanistan.

Landay's reporting on the Bush administration's misuse of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq invasion was the subject of "Buying The War," a documentary by Bill Moyers, that premiered on PBS in April 2007. Stories by Jonathan S. Landay

Beijing Bureau Chief Stuart Leavenworth
sleavenworth@mcclatchydc.com
(+86) 186-0015-9143

Stuart Leavenworth covers China and Asia as McClatchy's Beijing Bureau Chief.

He's worked at newspapers for nearly 30 years, starting with the Asahi Evening News in Tokyo in 1984. He's also worked at the Macon Telegraph, the (Raleigh) News & Observer and The Sacramento Bee, where he covered water and natural resources and later served as editorial page editor for four years.

Leavenworth's has been recognized with several awards, including ones from the National Press Foundation and the McClatchy President's Award. He's an avid cook, and in 2009 took a sabbatical to apprentice in the kitchen at Oliveto, an Italian restaurant in the Bay Area. Stories by Stuart Leavenworth

National Political Correspondent David Lightman
dlightman@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6101

National Political Correspondent David Lightman covers Congress and Election 2012 for McClatchy Newspapers.

Lightman was the Hartford Courant's Washington Bureau Chief for 23 years before joining the McClatchy Washington Bureau in 2007. He has covered every presidential campaign since 1980, and earlier this year won the David Lynch award for outstanding regional reporting in Washington.

From 1971 to 1981 he worked for the Baltimore Evening Sun, where he covered the Maryland legislature, and, from 1978 to 1981, was the paper's chief Annapolis correspondent. He joined the Courant in 1981 as a reporter.

A Washington, D.C. native, he has also worked for the Hagerstown (Md.) Morning Herald and the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise. Stories by David Lightman

Senior Digital Editor Julie Moos
jmoos@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6006

Julie Moos is Senior Digital Editor for McClatchy's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining the DC Bureau in April 2013, Julie was director of Poynter Online at the Poynter Institute. She was also managing editor of WRAL-TV's website, WRAL.com, in Raleigh, N.C.

National Correspondent Franco Ordonez
fordonez@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-8010

Franco Ordoñez covers immigration and the U.S. Department of Labor for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C. He also writes for The Charlotte Observer.

He moved to Washington in 2011 after six years in North Carolina covering immigration and criminal justice and working on investigative projects for The Charlotte Observer. He traveled on assignment to Haiti several times to cover the 2010 earthquake and recovery efforts. He has also worked as a correspondent in Cuba and Mexico for McClatchy Newspapers.

His work on investigative teams looking into unexplained child deaths and the poultry industry has been honored with state and national awards, including the Casey Medal, Gerald Loeb and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards. Stories by Franco Ordonez

Foreign Correspondent Jay Price
jayprice@mcclatchydc.com
 

Jay Price is a reporter from The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He is on special assignment in Afghanistan for the McClatchy Washington Bureau. Stories by Jay Price

Health Care, Aging & Poverty Correspondent Tony Pugh
tpugh@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6013

Tony Pugh, who covers health care, aging and poverty, joined the bureau in 1997 from the Miami Herald, where he covered urban affairs and social services. He previously was a reporter at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and the Cincinnati Enquirer. In 1990, Pugh was a co-winner of the Education Writers Association's national award for distinguished reporting. Stories by Tony Pugh

National Correspondent Maria Recio
mrecio@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6103

Maria Recio covers culture and the arts for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C. She also writes for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

She has covered Washington since 1987. She was a media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 2004 and won Honorable Mention as SPJ's 2003 Best Washington Correspondent. Before joining the Star-Telegram, she worked at Business Week magazine, where she met her husband. She's a graduate of Georgetown University. Stories by Maria Recio

Pentagon Correspondent James Rosen
jrosen@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6014

James Rosen covers the Pentagon for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C. He recently received the 2012 National Press Club Award for Regional Reporting.

He previously was the Washington correspondent for The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer. He won an earlier National Press Club award for regional reporting and received the McClatchy President's Award for his coverage of the 2000 post-election Florida. Before joining the Washington bureau, he was an assistant metro editor for The News & Observer, a reporter for the New York Daily News and a Moscow correspondent for United Press International. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Stories by James Rosen

Europe Correspondent Matthew Schofield
mschofield@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6055

Matthew Schofield covers the Department of Defense, veterans and the military for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C.

This is Schofield's second stint with the McClatchy (formerly Knight Ridder) Washington Bureau. He previously served as European Bureau Chief in Berlin, and has reported from four continents and 40 countries. In 2003 he was embedded with U.S. Marines during the invasion of Iraq, and has returned to write about that nation four times. He spent the summer of 2006 covering Israel's war with Hezbollah.

Before his foreign assignments, he wrote for The Kansas City Star for two decades, first as a school and courts reporter in Independence, then as a national correspondent covering the Great Plains and finally as a senior writer. He returned to the newspaper in 2008 to serve as deputy national editor and, later, on the editorial board.

His stories include "Meth Diary," a seven-part series on a young woman overcoming addiction; "Justice," a nine-part series on efforts to solve the murder of a Marysville, Mo., woman; and "Tobacco on Trial," a three-part series looking at a Kansas City law firm's defense of tobacco companies.

A journalism graduate of the University of Kansas, he is also a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. His awards include a 2009 Investigative Reporters & Editors first place for a series of stories on former Guantanamo Bay detainees. That series also won the 2009 Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting. Stories by Matthew Schofield

National Correspondent Renee Schoof
rschoof@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6004

Renee Schoof covers education for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C. She also writes for The News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C.

She previously covered the environment and Congress and worked as a national security editor for the bureau. Before she moved to Washington in 2000, she was a correspondent for The Associated Press in Beijing. Stories by Renee Schoof

Chief of Correspondents Mark Seibel
mseibel@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6027

Mark Seibel oversees McClatchy's foreign bureaus as Chief of Correspondents.

Mark was formerly Managing Editor Online for the McClatchy Washington Bureau's website. He joined the bureau in 2003 as the editor in charge of international and national security coverage from The Miami Herald, where he directed two Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting efforts, expanded the reach of the paper's International Edition, and oversaw the paper's independent review of ballots from the 2000 presidential election.

He began his career at The Dallas Morning News in 1975 after graduation from Southern Methodist University. He covered Mexico and Central America as the Mexico City bureau chief of the Dallas Times Herald, and worked as an editor and reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times before joining The Herald as foreign editor in 1984.

In 1987, The Herald international staff received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for its coverage of the Iran-Contra affair. Seibel was appointed a Nieman Foundation Fellow at Harvard University during the 1991-92 academic year. He returned to The Herald afterward as director of international operations, where he directed both news and business operations of the paper's International Edition and edited a monthly publication devoted to the Cuban economy. He subsequently served as assistant managing editor for Page 1 and assistant managing editor for state and local news, where he directed the coverage of the Elian Gonzalez immigration saga that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News in 2000. In 2001, he was named The Herald's managing editor for news.

He was assigned to Knight Ridder's Washington Bureau to coordinate reporters during both the Gulf War in 1991 and the March 2003 invasion of Iraq before moving to the bureau full-time later that year. He serves on the board of advisers to the Department of Journalism at SMU in Dallas.

National Correspondent Curtis Tate
ctate@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6018

Curtis Tate covers transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and mass transit for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C.

He joined the bureau in 2008 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was an editor on the global copy desk in South Brunswick, N.J. The Journal rarely kept Curtis in one place, sending him to the news desks in New York, Washington, Brussels and Hong Kong to edit business news, international news and political news.

Curtis was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern at the Indianapolis Star and subsequently helped create INtake, a weekly lifestyle magazine published by the Star.

Curtis, a Kentucky native, is a graduate of the journalism school at the University of Kentucky. He enjoys reading about railroad history and operations and travels by train whenever, and wherever, he can. Stories by Curtis Tate

Investigative Reporter Marisa Taylor
mtaylor@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6164

Marisa Taylor, an investigative reporter, has more than 15 years of daily newspaper experience in Washington, California, Virginia, Texas and Mexico.

She has covered federal courts and agencies, crime and politics. Taylor started her career as a reporter in Mexico City and speaks Spanish.

Taylor was part of a team of McClatchy reporters that won the National Press Club's 2011 Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence for a series on Afghanistan. The series detailed how corruption and mismanagement marred U.S. efforts to rebuild Afghanistan.

In 2008, she, along with Greg Gordon and Margaret Talev, won a McClatchy "President's Award" and Scripps Howard's Raymond Clapper Memorial Award for Washington reporting for exposing the Bush administration's politicization of the Justice Department. Stories by Marisa Taylor

Government & Politics Editor Steven Thomma
sthomma@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6042

Steven Thomma is the Senior White House Correspondent and the Government and Politics Editor for McClatchy Newspapers, overseeing coverage of the White House, Congress and Economics.

He's covered Washington since 1987, as a regional reporter, national political correspondent, White House correspondent and chief political correspondent for Knight Ridder, and as White House correspondent and chief political correspondent for McClatchy.

He's won the Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency from the Gerald R. Ford Foundation for his work in 2010; the Aldo Beckman Award for distinguished White House coverage from the White House Correspondents Association for his coverage of the 2000 campaign; and the National Press Club's award for best regional reporting in 1994.

He is the president of the White House Correspondents' Association.

Before coming to Washington, he worked for the Pioneer Press in Minnesota, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette in Indiana and City News Bureau in Chicago.

Web Editor/Researcher Tish Wells
twells@mcclatchydc.com
202-383-6032

Tish Wells is the Washington Bureau researcher, Web mistress, video editor and reporter. Growing up in Hong Kong and Japan, she graduated from Pratt Institute in New York. Tish holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland in College Park. Along with working in law firms, the National Library of Medicine and as a freelance book researcher, she served as a senior librarian at USA Today and Gannett News Service for more than a dozen years before joining Knight Ridder in 1999.

While working at USA Today she worked on major packages about the black church fires and death of children in schools. At Knight-Ridder and McClatchy, she has worked on many packages including the Guantanamo:Beyond the Law, Iraq Intelligence and September 11th anniversary.

Working with former Knight Ridder correspondents Sumana Chatterjee and Sudarsan Raghavan, Wells won a 2002 Overseas Press Club award for Best International Reporting on Human Rights for an examination of child slave labor in the chocolate industry, entitled "A Taste of Slavery." In 2005, she and correspondent Jonathan Landay won an Award of Distinction from the Medill School of Journalism for the story "Iraqi exiles fed false information to news media."

On the lighter side, she has interviewed George Lucas, Benedict Cumberbatch and director Alison Klayman. She now covers popular culture, trends and Washington events as well as being a web editor on McClatchyDC.com. Stories by Tish Wells

National Correspondent Lindsay Wise
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Lindsay Wise covers consumer affairs for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C.

Lindsay previously reported for the Houston Chronicle, where she specialized in coverage of the city's Arab and Muslim communities as well as veterans/military issues. An Arabic speaker, she has a B.A. in English and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony's College, University of Oxford.

Before joining the Houston Chronicle staff in 2006, Lindsay spent three years working as a freelance journalist in Egypt, where she reported for TIME magazine, Scripps Howard News Service, The Sunday Times (London), The San Francisco Chronicle, Voice of America, and PRI's The World. Stories by Lindsay Wise

Middle East Correspondent Nancy Youssef
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Nancy Youssef covers the Middle East and the Islamic world for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Cairo.

She formerly served as McClatchy's chief Pentagon correspondent, focusing on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She traveled frequently to those two nations to see how the policies crafted in Washington reached Afghans, Iraqis and the troops alike. She is also founder of the Pentagon Press Association.

Before covering the Pentagon, she spent four years covering the Iraq war, including a stint as Baghdad bureau chief. Her pieces focused on the everyday Iraqi experience, civilian casualities and how the U.S.'s military strategy was reshaping Iraq's social and political dynamics.

She joined the Washington Bureau in August 2005. Before that, she was a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, covering legal issues. While at the Free Press, she traveled throughout Jordan and Iraq for Knight Ridder, covering the Iraq war from the time leading up to it through the post-war period. She began her journalism career at the Baltimore Sun.

She is also a contributing journalist to the News Literacy Project, a national program in which journalists educate middle and high school students about the news business and how to consume information in the digital age.

She has won several awards for her work, including the University of Virginia's Lawrence Hall Award for Distinguished Journalism covering the Middle East, the Maryland-D.C. Delaware Press Association and the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. A Washington, D.C.-area native, she earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from University of Virginia and master's degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Her parents are from Egypt, and she has been visiting the region all of her life. She speaks Arabic. Stories by Nancy Youssef