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National Politics Team

Led by veteran journalists in Washington and in key states around the country, the AP national politics team endeavors to break news while providing clarity and crucial context. Its members boast an impressive record of exclusive reports, accuracy and accountability journalism.

Meet the team:

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Anna Johnson oversees AP’s coverage of U.S. elections and politics, and America’s foreign and domestic policy as Washington bureau chief. Johnson joined AP in 2004, and most recently served as AP’s news director for Europe and Africa, overseeing coverage of Brexit and UK elections, migration from Africa and the Middle East to Europe, the war in Ethiopia, and Russia’s fractured relationship with the West.

Steven Sloan oversees coverage of politics, elections and democracy as deputy Washington bureau chief.  He joined AP from CNN, where he was most recently the director of enterprise reporting at the Washington bureau. Sloan previously was managing editor for content at CNN Politics, overseeing all in-depth political enterprise coverage and breaking news, and worked as congressional editor at Politico and a reporter at Bloomberg News.

Michael Tackett oversees the White House and Congress teams as deputy Washington bureau chief. He joined AP from The New York Times, where he worked as a political reporter and deputy Washington editor. Tackett previously served as Bloomberg News' managing editor and Washington bureau chief, and Washington bureau chief and political writer at the Chicago Tribune.  He has covered six presidential campaigns.

Tom Verdin is the democracy news editor, overseeing coverage of the challenges to democracy, voting patterns and access, election administration and more. Over the course of over two decades at the AP, Verdin has held a variety of roles and most recently managed AP’s signature coverage of state government in all 50 statehouses.

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Nomaan Merchant is the U.S. politics editor, overseeing coverage of U.S. politics and elections. Merchant has held a variety of reporting roles over the past decade at AP, covering law enforcement in Dallas, working as a general assignment reporter in Beijing, and reporting on immigration and border affairs from Houston. More recently, he has worked in the Washington bureau since 2021, focusing on intelligence and national security reporting.

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Bill Barrow is a national politics reporter based in Atlanta, focused on the Democratic Party. He covers national political trends with special attention to a 13-state region that extends from Maryland to Louisiana. Before joining AP, Barrow covered politics for newspapers in Alabama and Louisiana.

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Thomas Beaumont covers national politics from the Midwest, with a focus on U.S. Senate races in battleground states. In 2016 he covered former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Beaumont, based in Iowa, joined the AP in 2011 after working as The Des Moines Register’s chief political reporter.

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Sara Burnett covers Midwest politics from her base in Chicago. Since joining AP in 2012, she has covered politics in Illinois and the central U.S. She previously reported for The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, where she covered the 2008 Democratic National Convention and presidential elections in the battleground state of Colorado, as well as the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago.

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Christina Cassidy, based in Atlanta, covers how elections are administered throughout the U.S. She joined the AP in 2001 and has reported from AP bureaus in California, Nevada, Montana and Georgia. She is currently covering election security heading into the 2020 presidential election. Cassidy graduated from the University of Southern California in 2001 with undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science.

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Jill Colvin is a national political reporter based in New York, covering former President Donald Trump and the U.S. Republican Party. Colvin previously covered the White House with a focus on immigration, environmental and climate issues. She traveled with Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign and previously was a New Jersey-based national politics reporter. Prior to AP, Colvin spent three years in New York as a City Hall reporter for and was a political reporter at the New York Observer.

Jonathan J. Cooper is a politics reporter based in Phoenix. He has covered campaigns and state government from bases in Arizona, Oregon and California since joining the AP in 2009. He covered John McCain’s toughest Senate race during the 2010 tea party wave, Gavin Newsom’s election as California governor and the emergence of Arizona as a swing state during the Trump era. He has also extensively covered California’s most destructive wildfires.

Gary Fields covers challenges to U.S. democracy with a focus on marginalized communities. Fields previously served as AP's Global Religion News Editor. Gary is a veteran journalist with more than three decades of experience ranging from sports reporting to investigative projects. He’s a former board member for the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Prior to joining AP, Fields was the senior manager of content for Lutheran World Relief/IMA World Health and was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering the Justice Department.

Adriana Gomez Licon, based in Miami, covers the political influence of Hispanic voters. In the last decade Licon served as  a foreign correspondent for AP in Mexico and Brazil, covering drug cartel violence, elections, natural disasters, large sporting events, among other news events of international interest.

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Meg Kinnard is a national politics reporter covering the U.S South, the 2024 Republican Primaries and breaking news. She began her career with the AP in 2005, moving from Washington, D.C. to South Carolina, where she's had the unique opportunity to report on and interview nearly every presidential candidate for the past two decades.  Kinnard previously covered Congress, campaign advertising, and the 2004 Republican and Democratic National Conventions for National Journal in D.C. 

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Stephen Ohlemacher 
is the election decision editor, managing a team of analysts that declares the winner in nearly every U.S. election. During presidential primaries, he oversees the AP delegate count, the gold standard for tracking presidential nominating contents. Ohlemacher spent nine years covering Congress for AP, writing about economic issues with a focus on tax policy and Social Security.

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Steve Peoples, based in New York, is AP’s chief political writer with a focus on the biggest political trends, voter behavior and major statewide campaigns. He has covered politics for more than a decade and lead AP's coverage of the 2020 presidential campaign. He spent much of the 2016 election cycle focused on the national Republican Party. Peoples traveled with Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012.

Michelle L. Price focuses on Nevada politics from her base in Las Vegas. Before moving to Nevada, she worked for the AP in Arizona and spent five years in Utah as the AP’s statehouse reporter, covering the outset of Mitt Romney’s U.S. Senate campaign, the 2016 presidential election and the hidden ways lobbyists cozied up to state lawmakers.

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Nicholas Riccardi is a political reporter in the U.S. West covering the electorate and AP VoteCast. He covered the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns from Denver . He is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Brian Slodysko covers money and politics from Washington. Previously he delivered a steady stream of scoops from AP's Indianapolis bureau, including during the 2018 midterm elections, and he contributed to AP's campaign finance coverage. Before joining AP, Slodysko worked at the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

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Emily Swanson is AP’s director of public opinion research. A member of the AP polling unit in Washington since 2014, she designs survey questionnaires, analyzes polling data and writes about public opinion. Swanson previously worked in survey research for and the Huffington Post.

Will Weissert is a Washington-based political reporter covering the 2020 presidential campaign with a focus on immigration . He previously covered Texas state politics — including the 2018 Senate race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke — from Austin. Weissert has a focus on O’Rourke’s presidential campaign, policy and immigration.

Covering Congress:

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Dustin Weaver is AP's congressional editor, overseeing coverage of Capitol Hill. Weaver joined AP from The Hill, where he directed the paper’s print and digital coverage of Congress, the White House and other Washington beats. He previously served as The Hill’s business and lobbying editor and has held editing positions at The Washington Post Express and The Washington Examiner.

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Lisa Mascaro is AP’s chief congressional correspondent, leading coverage of Capitol Hill. She spearheads reporting on all facets of Congress, including legislative maneuvering, elections and the relationship between party leaders and the White House. Prior to joining AP, Mascaro spent eight years covering Congress and presidential politics for the Los Angeles Times.


Farnoush Amiri is a congressional reporter based in Washington, D.C. She joined the Congress team in October 2021 after spending more than year as a statehouse reporter in Columbus, Ohio for AP. On Capitol Hill, Amiri has been covering the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In addition, she has covered Congress’ effort to respond to mass gun violence for the first time in 20 years and the effort to enshrine access to abortion after the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Amiri grew up in the suburbs of Southern California after she and her family immigrated to the U.S. from Iran.

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Alan Fram has covered Congress for AP since 1987, specializing in budget and spending issues. He has reported on battles over guns, health care and immigration, as well as numerous congressional campaigns, with his most notable election night coming in 2000. A native New Yorker, Fram joined AP in Newark, New Jersey, in 1981.

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Kevin Freking has been with AP since 2005, covering health and veterans issues, California politics, the White House and now Congress. Prior to joining AP, Freking was Washington correspondent for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Covering the White House:

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Nancy Benac is White House news editor, overseeing AP’s coverage of the Biden administration. She has reported on government and politics in Washington for more than three decades, covering a wide variety of beats, including the Clinton White House. Benac served as political editor for three national election cycles.

Josh Boak is a White House reporter for The Associated Press. He has been a Washington-based reporter for AP since 2013. He previously was deputy Washington bureau chief for The Fiscal Times and an economics reporter for Politico. Boak came to Washington in 2009 to work for Bob Woodward on the book "Obama's Wars." He also worked for the Chicago Tribune and The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, where he won a Livingston Award and a Gerald Loeb Award. Boak graduated from Princeton University and received a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Chris Megerian is a White House reporter covering domestic policy and the presidency writ large. Prior to joining AP, he was a White House correspondent at the Los Angeles Times. He has also covered politics, the state police and the prison system for The Star-Ledger, and was an intern at Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Businessweek, and the Gwinnett Daily Post in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Megerian has a B.A. in journalism and international studies from Emory University.

Seung Min Kim is a White House reporter covering the relationship between the Biden administration and Congress. Prior to joining AP in 2022, she was a White House Correspondent for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, she spent more than eight years at Politico, primarily covering the Senate and immigration policy.

Aamer Madhani is a White House reporter specializing in coverage of national security. Prior to joining AP in 2019, he was a longtime correspondent for USA Today, where he had served as White House correspondent and Baghdad bureau chief. Most recently, Madhani was USA Today’s Chicago-based national correspondent, covering the 2020 presidential campaign, policing in America, prisons, mass shootings and natural disasters.

Zeke Miller is a White House correspondent covering President Joe Biden and political coverage in 2023 and beyond. He joined AP in 2017 after covering the White House, national politics and the 2016 presidential campaign for TIME, and previously was the first White House correspondent for Buzzfeed. Miller served as the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association from 2020 t0 2021.

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Darlene Superville has covered the White House, with a focus on first lady Jill Biden, and previously former first ladies Melania Trump and Michelle Obama. She was a lead editor on the national political desk for the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and covered GOP presidential and vice presidential candidates in 1996 and, later, Congress.

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evin Freking has been with The Associated Press since 2005 covering health and veterans issues, California politics, teh White House and now Congress. On the Hill, he covers an array of issues, including judician nominations, ethics and Dodd-Frank repeal efforts. Prior to AP, Freking was Washington correspondent for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Laurie Kellman  is a reporter and editor who has covered Congress and elections for more than two decades. Her focus includes the freshman lawmakers looking to make a mark on Congress. She has covered the presidential campaigns of Bob Dole, Donald Trump, John McCain and George W. Bush, the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton and an assortment of legislation.