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, federal and military spending, plus the defense, commercial real estate and manufacturing industries. She lives in the District with her family. Follow her on Twitter @postmetrogirl and on Facebook. Please send tips at firstname.lastname@example.org.