Online destination features news, analysis about the role of federal policy on the state and local level, and innovations happening in state and local governments

The Washington Post today launches GovBeat, a vibrant online compendium aimed at local and state government officials that covers how policy in Washington affects cities and states, and how cities and states are innovating in an era of Beltway gridlock. The section features original reporting, analyses, videos, data visualization, research and more and will also be a place for those who have a role or interest in governing to interact with one another through forums, social media and Q&As.

“The Washington Post already provides unparalleled coverage of what goes on in the nation’s capital. Creating GovBeat is a natural extension of that coverage, and allows us to provide a deeper dive into the role Washington plays across state and local governments. Up until now, there hasn’t been one, definitive place for this type of content, and we’re excited that GovBeat will be able to fill that void,” said Steven Ginsberg, Senior Politics Editor.

Reid Wilson, who came to The Post from National Journal’s Hotline to lead GovBeat as Senior Political Policy Blogger, added, “People across the country will come to GovBeat for in-depth coverage of what’s working in state and local governments, and how those governments are dealing with mandates from Washington. We’re devoting resources to make GovBeat the go-to destination for state and local officials looking for new ideas to improve their constituents’ lives.”

Features from GovBeat include:

•Expert polls and forums, bringing together stakeholders and policy innovators to debate the next wave of smart solutions to problems state and local governments face

•Data visualization that takes users beyond the headlines to show how states are really doing and how they compare to each other

•A blog featuring daily analysis and news from Wilson and Reporter Niraj Chokshi

For more information, visit GovBeat at