Jerry Markon covers the Department of Homeland Security for the Post’s National Desk. He also serves as lead Web and newspaper writer for major breaking national news. Previously, he was a political/government accountability reporter, focusing on short-term investigative stories about the Affordable Care Act, lobbying and other topics. In 2012, Markon wrote in-depth stories about the U.S. presidential candidates and was one of the Post’s main deadline writers in the campaign’s critical final month. Before that, he spent nine years covering the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va. and the Justice Department, writing about major national security cases and other law enforcement and legal topics. He has also covered the U.S. Supreme Court, anchored the Post’s blog on Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination and chronicled the war-crimes trial of Osama bin Laden’s driver at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Markon came to the Post in early 2003 from The Wall Street Journal, where he covered the federal courthouse in Manhattan. He has also worked for Newsday, the Associated Press and the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. Markon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University.