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Jenna Portnoy to join the Local staff

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Announcement from Local Editor Mike Semel, Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton, and Local Politics Editor Amy Gardner:

We are thrilled to welcome Jenna Portnoy to our Richmond bureau, beginning May 5.

We stole Jenna away from the Star-Ledger in Newark, where she was assigned the Chris Christie beat. In becoming an expert on the GOP presidential frontrunner, Jenna showed a penchant for incisive, reader-friendly coverage. One story she wrote not long after Christie’s second inaugural outlined all the inconsistent statements he’d made about whether he’d serve a full four years. It then went out to outline some of New Jersey’s laws that would make it nearly impossible to raise money for president as the sitting governor of New Jersey. Her stories are full of gems like that.

Her clip file shows political acumen, an understanding of the inner workings of government and a conversational writing style that will serve our readers well from her new home in Richmond. Before her stint in Trenton, Jenna, a graudate from the University of Delaware, was a politics reporter for the Morning Call in Allentown, Pa. and The Express-Times in Easton, Pa.

Jenna has already visited Richmond a couple of times this month and met with Laura to get a lay of the land.