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Matt Laslo, Washington, D.C. based freelance reporter

 

Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a reporter who has been covering Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court since 2006. While he has filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Omaha World-Herald, Pacifica Radio, and Washingtonian Magazine. He has also displayed an amazing ability to blend traditional reporting with new media through his former blog for Capitol News Connection with PRI and his prodigious use of Twitter where he brings the Capitol to life for his thousands of followers.

Since 2009 he’s sat on the board at the Regional Reporters Association where he helps represent the dwindling numbers of regional reporters based in Washington. In 2010 he completed the National Press Foundation’s Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship. That same year he was also tapped to be one of three judges of the prestigious Joan S. Barone Award that’s awarded through the Radio/Television Correspondents Association.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Covenant College and a Master of Arts degree in Government and Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University (cum laude). His thesis was entitled “The Trading Game: Why ‘Compromise’ Shouldn’t be a Dirty Word in Washington.” It explores hyper-partisanship’s impact on contemporary lawmaking, which he is expanding and publishing in the near future.