National reporter on The Post's breaking political news team Education: Stanford University, BA in Political Science John Wagner is a national reporter on The Post's new breaking political news team. He previously covered the Trump White House. During the 2016 presidential election, Wagner focused on the Democratic campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. He earlier chronicled Maryland government for more than a decade, a stretch that included O’Malley’s eight years as governor and part of the tenure of his Republican predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. He came to The Post from the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., where he served as the paper’s Washington correspondent, covering the 2004 presidential bid of Sen. John Edwards and the final years in office of Sen. Jesse Helms.