Political Reporters

This entry focuses on political reporters in mainstream news organizations in the United States. For the purposes of this entry, three attributes define the political reporter of the professional mainstream: delivering news and analysis with the next election always in mind; offering fact-based information with the stated purpose to inform, not persuade; and striving for independence despite financial pressures and the lure of taking sides in a polarized country.

The reasons journalists pursue politics as a specialty are as varied as their backgrounds. Some are attracted by the rich narratives of elections; others relish the role of political watchdogs. Some are drawn by the policy debate. Others seek to rub shoulders with the powerful or hope to reform a system they see as tilted to ...

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