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AP names new White House team

President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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To chronicle the unprecedented level of policy and political change that comes with the incoming Trump administration, The Associated Press is enhancing its White House reporting team. Reporters in Washington and elsewhere will provide comprehensive, cutting-edge coverage as the new administration dives into its first 100 days.

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President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally in New York, Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Here are highlights of the new lineup:

  • At the White House, Julie Pace continues as the chief White House correspondent, covering President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign and domestic policy, analyses and enterprise on major decision and key moments, immigration policy, the presidency and his inner circle.
  • Julie Bykowicz will cover Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp,” and examine conflicts, ethics and influence at the White House and Congress, working closely with AP’s investigative team.
  • Economics reporter Josh Boak will cover economic policy and the budget, tax reform, trade and infrastructure spending.
  • Ken Thomas will cover Vice President-elect Mike Pence, trade and labor politics and congressional relations.
  • Darlene Superville will cover press access and transparency, Melania Trump, the social calendar, White House traditions in the Trump era and other East Wing activity. 
  • Jon Lemire, based in New York, will cover Trump in New York City and his New York operations, Trump’s businesses and the link between those and the White House. 
  • Vivian Salama will cover foreign policy, the future of Guantanamo Bay and Trump’s Supreme Court nominees. 
  • Catherine Lucey will cover Ivanka Trump, family and child-care policies and Medicare.
  • Jill Colvin will cover environmental and climate issues. 

The White House team, led by Kathleen Hennessey and under the leadership of acting bureau chief Wendy Benjaminson and assistant bureau chief David Ake, will work closely with a beefed-up Congress team, led by veteran news editor Donna Cassata and Chief Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner. Working closely with both will be AP’s investigative team, led by Ted Bridis, which will examine Trump’s policies, personnel and conflicts.

Across the U.S., AP reporters will continue their groundbreaking “Divided America” series examining Americans’ views and divisions from outside the Beltway. The AP will retain its strong focus on fact-checking and will continue its mission to fight for access to the president and his new team on behalf of the public.


Lauren Easton
Director of Media Relations
The Associated Press

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