Education: University of Dayton, BA. Rachael Bade is a Congress reporter for The Washington Post, primarily focusing on the House. Her coverage areas include House Democrats’ oversight of the Trump administration as well as policy clashes with the White House, the dynamics animating the historic freshman class and the inner workings of the Democratic leadership team. Rachael is also a political analyst for CNN. Rachael joined The Post in 2019 after six years with Politico. She started as a tax reporter, cutting her teeth on oversight coverage when House Republicans investigated the IRS’s treatment of tea party groups. She later covered the GOP’s investigation of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, then the party’s subsequent probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email use. Bade spent three years covering House Republicans and President Trump’s remaking of the party from her vantage point on Capitol Hill. Her stories have followed GOP infighting and frequently dish behind-the-scenes details about how policy decisions are made, illuminating the personalities and power struggles that affect the public. Bade worked for two years at CQ-Roll Call before Politico. An Ohio-native, she graduated from the University of Dayton with degrees in political science and communication. Bade is a former classical ballet dancer who still enjoys taking class occasionally. She runs, enjoys camping and yoga and lives with her husband, Alex, and two cats.
Education: Harvard University, MPA; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA. Eugene Scott writes about identity politics for The Fix. He was recently a fellow at the Georgetown University Institute of Politics. And prior to joining the Post, he was a breaking news reporter at CNN Politics.
Education: Harvard University, B.A. in Government, 2005 Felicia Sonmez is a national political reporter covering breaking news from the White House, Congress and the campaign trail. Previously, she spent more than four years in
Beijing, where she worked first as a correspondent for Agence France-Presse and later as the editor of The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report. She also spent a year in advanced Chinese language study as a Blakemore Freeman Fellow at Tsinghua University. From 2010 to 2013, she reported on national politics for The Washington Post, starting as a writer for The Fix and going on to cover Congress, the 2012 presidential campaign and the early days of President Barack Obama’s second term. She began her career teaching English in Beijing and has also covered U.S. politics for the Asahi Shimbun and National Journal's the Hotline.Foreign languages spoken: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish
Michael Tackett covers national politics for The New York Times. He has written about politics for more than 30 years and has covered six presidential elections.
Mr. Tackett has also edited political, congressional and investigative stories for The Times, including a series in 2014 on state attorneys general by Eric Lipton that won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
Before joining The Times, Mr. Tackett served as a managing editor in the Washington Bureau of Bloomberg News, Washington bureau chief of The Chicago Tribune and national editor for U.S. News & World Report. He began his career as a reporter on The Tribune's city desk in Chicago.
Mr. Tackett has won numerous journalism awards, including the White House Correspondent's Association's Edgar A. Poe Award for National Reporting. He is also a lawyer.
A native of Anderson, Ind., and graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Tackett is also author of the nonfiction book “The Baseball Whisperer,” published by Houghton Mifflin in July of 2016.