Reporter covering local breaking news Education: University of Maryland at College Park Dana Hedgpeth is The Washington Post’s local reporter on early-morning breaking news. From traffic jams to Metro problems, overnight mayhem and other quirky news, she’s the early bird in the newsroom. Dana joined The Post in 1999 and has spent more than a decade covering the D.C. area’s Metrorail and bus systems, local government, courts, and federal and military spending, plus the defense, commercial real estate and manufacturing industries. Dana is an American Indian and a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe in North Carolina. Honors & Awards:
Gerald Loeb Award, Best Writing Category for "The Cost of Contracting" with Post colleague Robert O'Harrow Jr.
Professional Affiliations: Native American Journalists Association Foreign languages spoken: Some Spanish