Joe Davidson writes the Federal Insider column, formerly the Federal Diary, a Washington Post column on the federal government. For 13 years he was a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal. Before joining The Post as an assistant city editor in 2005, he was an editor with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He is a founding board member of the National Association of Black Journalists and is in its Hall of Fame. At The Wall Street Journal, Joe covered a broad range of domestic issues and agencies, including health, education and the Justice Department. He also covered presidential and state political campaigns. As a foreign correspondent, Joe covered South Africa during apartheid, before and after Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and his election as president of the “new” South Africa. Joe was in the charter class of Ethics Fellows at the Poynter Institute, where he also has been a visiting faculty member. He has conducted professional coaching seminars at the Gannett News Service, the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg and the University of Maryland. For many years he was an adjunct professor at Temple and Howard Universities. In his youth, Joe earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was president of the Mumford High School student council. His career began in his hometown at The Detroit News. He moved to Philadelphia in 1974 to join The Bulletin, where was City Hall bureau chief. He also reported on City Hall for The Philadelphia Inquirer and was managing editor of The National Leader, a national black weekly. He moved to Washington to join the Journal in 1984. Previously, he was a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, where he also was a weekly news analyst for News and Notes. He has been a political columnist for BET.com, a contributing editor to Emerge Magazine and he has written for The Nation, Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor. Among his numerous television appearances are those on CNN, MSNBC, PBS and BET. He was honored as a “Quiet Hero” kidney donor by the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center. He is past president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, a two-time Pulitzer juror and the recipient of numerous awards. Joe has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in education/political science from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he was named “Outstanding Male Graduate.” Joe lives in Washington with his wife, Bernardine Watson. He has two sons, a stepson and one beautiful granddaughter.