Nate will help reporters obtain local, state and federal records and think strategically about public records in all formats. The work will involve advising reporters, writing and refining requests, negotiating fee waivers and navigating any delays or bureaucratic resistance. He also will help implement a newsroom-wide system to track open-records requests and will offer in-house training sessions.
Nate grew up in Colorado, graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., with a degree in Cold War history and Russian language, and holds a Master of Arts in history from GWU.
Nate loves to hike and is a huge Washington Nationals fan. His passions merged when he filed a FOIA with the State Department that led to documents and a story about the kidnapping in Venezuela of then-Nats catcher Wilson Ramos.
Please join us in welcoming him to the newsroom. He starts on Nov. 4.