Robert Samuels is a national political enterprise reporter for The Washington Post who focuses on the intersection of politics, policy and people. He travels the country to chronicle how the vivacious political discussion in the nation’s capital is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. He previously told stories about life in the District for The Post’s social issues team. He is currently on book leave. Samuels joined The Post in 2011 after spending nearly five years working at the Miami Herald. At the Herald, he covered politics, poverty, murder and mayhem. Samuels occasionally writes essays on race for The Post and is the newsroom’s self-proclaimed figure-skating guru. Samuels grew up in the Bronx and is an alumnus of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, where he was editor in chief of the school newspaper, the Daily Northwestern.