The Washington Post’s National Editor Scott Wilson and Senior Politics Editor Steven Ginsberg today announced the new White House reporting team.
Dan Eggen will lead the team after guiding our Trump campaign coverage with stunning success for much of the year. Dan was a highly successful White House correspondent during the George W. Bush administration and, as a White House editor before the 2016 presidential election began, made every reporter on his team better. Before that he covered the Justice Department, national security in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and money and politics. He is patient, funny, Twitter-addicted in the best ways and an excellent colleague.
The deputy White House editor will be Dave Clarke, who has helped Rachel Van Dongen build PowerPost into the success it is today. Dave brings a broad knowledge of Washington politics to bear on this assignment, and an insightful and determined approach to our digital reporting on politics and government. Not only do we expect his editing skill to elevate the staff’s work, but we know also that Dave’s even temperament and wry sense of humor will make a grueling job a lot more fun to do.
Philip Rucker, who anchored our coverage throughout the election, will take a leading role in this mission as our new White House Bureau Chief. Phil has shown through his journalism, his collegiality and his leadership that he is ideally suited to this role. There is no story he is unable to take on, no news beyond his reach. Phil will help shape both our daily coverage and our broader ambitions.
This will be Phil’s second tour at the White House, after covering the beginning of President Obama’s second term. He has also covered Congress, Mitt Romney’s second presidential campaign and served as a national political correspondent.
Jenna Johnson, who was our lead Trump correspondent during the election, will bring her keen reporting and writing talent to the White House. During the campaign, Jenna went to more than 170 Trump rallies and became the nation’s sharpest voice on the voters who supported him, as well as on Trump himself.
Her 3 a.m. dispatches became the stuff of campaign lore, each capturing a moment and together telling the story of a candidate and his supporters on a one-of-a-kind journey – and earning Jenna a Publisher’s Award. She will continue to tell those stories from the White House, with a particular eye toward whether Trump’s supporters are getting what they want from the new president.
David Nakamura will remain on the White House beat, where he has distinguished our coverage by breaking news on President Obama’s immigration and trade policies and writing astutely about foreign policy. Those topics will become even more critical during the Trump administration and we will count on Dave to help lead our coverage of those and other vital policy issues.
Ashley Parker, who covered Trump’s candidacy for The New York Times, will join our White House team in the new year. Ashley did during the campaign what we anticipate she will do during Trump’s presidency: break news, take us behind the scenes and explain the man and his vision.
Ashley will also help connect what Trump does in Washington to how it plays across America. She is a keen observer of the story of Washington itself and will write about how Trump changes the ways of the nation’s capital.
Abby Phillip will join the White House team after her sharp reporting and analysis of the Clinton campaign. Abby was a tireless and determined reporter and traveler, filing posts in the early hours of the morning and the late hours of the evening while also juggling pool duty, debate deadlines, intensive reading of hacked email dumps and the occasional necessity for sleep.
Abby wrote many smart analysis pieces in 2016, including several inside-the-campaign looks at Clinton’s vulnerabilities, weaknesses as a candidate and reluctance to change course when even those near her questioned the strategy. Her observations and reporting predicted many of the troubles Clinton eventually encountered, particularly among minority and young voters.
John Wagner will join the White House team after chronicling the campaigns of Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. John continually broke news and kept us ahead of the competition during Sanders’s unlikely run, then seamlessly joined the group covering Clinton after the primaries were over in June.
One story he co-wrote that month with Phil on the problems the Clinton campaign was ignoring in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin proved to be especially prescient. John has also written extensively about policy and we will count on him to do more of the same as Trump reshapes the nation.
The team will be joined by Ylan Mui of the financial staff, who will cover economic policy from the White House and Treasury.
We look forward to the extraordinary journalism this team will do.