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David Lightman

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.

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