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Holly Bailey joins The Post as a national politics reporter

Announcement from National Editor Steven Ginsberg, Deputy National Editor Lori Montgomery and Politics Editor Peter Wallsten:

We are very excited to announce that Holly Bailey is joining The Post as a national politics reporter. As a member of our campaign team, Holly will play a leading role in covering the 2020 presidential race, focusing initially on the battle for the Democratic nomination in early-voting states.

Holly joins us from Yahoo News, where she has been a national correspondent covering politics, culture and major national news. At Yahoo, she has distinguished herself with deeply reported stories that offered fresh insights into the personalities and backgrounds of politicians. During the 2018 midterms, Holly captured Marsha Blackburn’s role as an unlikely feminist in Tennessee, and explored Ted Cruz’s attempt to present a more human side as he fought for re-election in Texas. One of Holly’s more memorable stories delved into Beto O’Rourke’s complicated relationship with his father, Pat O’Rourke, a colorful El Paso politician who once mailed a $10 million bill to President Ronald Reagan for the costs of dealing with illegal immigration.

Before Yahoo, Holly worked for Newsweek, where she was a White House correspondent covering the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Her book, "The Mercy of the Sky," about severe weather in her home state of Oklahoma, was published in 2015 by Viking and was the recipient of the Oklahoma Book Award and the American Meteorological Society's 2017 Lewis J. Battan Award for distinguished reporting. Holly is also a skilled photographer, winning the 2017 Deadline Club award for feature photography for her project "Donald Trump's America," which documented the future president and his supporters during the 2016 campaign. Holly has been covering presidential campaigns since 2000, when she focused on the money beat as a reporter for the Center for Responsive Politics.

Holly’s first day will be March 18. Please join us in welcoming her to The Post.