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New assistant editor for the 202 newsletter team is Aaron Schaffer

Aaron Schaffer (TWP)

Announcement from National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Phil Rucker and 202 Franchise Editor Dave Clarke:

We’re pleased to announce that Aaron Schaffer is taking on a new role as assistant editor for the 202 newsletter team.

Aaron has been a standout researcher and colleague since he joined The Post in 2021, demonstrating strong news judgment, a collaborative spirit and a remarkable knack for finding nuggets in public records. In his new position, Aaron will work with the other 202 editors, reporters and researchers to produce newsy, compelling content for our daily newsletters.

Since January 2021, Aaron has worked as a researcher for the Cybersecurity 202 and Technology 202 newsletters, writing about topics such as the FBI’s contracts to monitor social media, foreign influence operations and an effort to implement mobile voting in the District. Before that, as a member of the American University-Washington Post practicum program, he was a key researcher on projects that tracked 2020 election litigation and Jan. 6 arrests, all while pursuing a master's degree at American University.

He has also worked at the Middle East news outlet Al-Monitor, where he was a member of a two-person team that received a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for a newsletter in 2019 about Middle East lobbying.

Aaron, who hails from Rochester, N.Y., graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in international relations. In his free time, he enjoys keeping up his linguistic skills in Turkish, which he learned in college, and collecting movie posters.