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AJI Staff

Leadership

Robert L. Allbritton 

President

Robert was the founder, publisher and owner of Politico, which he sold to the German publishing firm Axel Springer in 2021. He is also executive chairman of Perpetual Capital Partners, a private middle-market investment firm based in Arlington, Virginia. A native of Houston, Robert serves on the Board of Directors of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation and is a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University. 

Tim Grieve

Executive Director & Editor in Chief

Tim was the founding editor in chief of both Politico Pro and Protocol. Previously, he was the editor in chief of The Stanford Daily, a reporter at The Sacramento Bee, a senior writer at Salon, the congressional bureau chief and managing editor for Politico, the editor in chief of National Journal, and the Vice President of News at McClatchy, the publisher of the Miami Herald and more than two dozen other newspapers around the country. 


Editors

Matt Berman

Managing Editor

Matt is the former senior politics editor for BuzzFeed News, where he oversaw reporting on the 2018 and 2020 elections and the Trump presidency. He was previously a senior editor for Politico States, focused on New York politics and policy, and assistant managing editor at National Journal.

Kate Nocera 

Managing Editor

Kate is a former senior editor at Axios, where she helped oversee the breaking news team, and the former Washington bureau chief at BuzzFeed News, where she oversaw political coverage. Previously, she was a senior congressional correspondent for BuzzFeed News, and was a co-recipient of the National Press Foundation’s Dirksen award for distinguished reporting of Congress. She has worked for Politico, Politico Pro and the New York Daily News.

Richard Just

Managing Editor for Longform &
Director of Admissions

Richard is the former editor of The Washington Post Magazine, which he led to its first-ever National Magazine Award in 2020 and a National Magazine Award nomination in 2023. He is the former editor of National Journal magazine and The New Republic, both of which he led to National Magazine Award nominations. He founded the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, which annually brings 40 high school students from low-income backgrounds to Princeton for a 10-day crash course on journalism and college admissions. He has also been a visiting journalism professor at Princeton.

Elise Foley, Senior Editor

Elise Foley

Senior Editor

Elise previously worked at HuffPost, where she most recently served as the copy chief after working as the deputy politics editor and deputy enterprise editor. Prior to editing, Elise covered politics and immigration policy at HuffPost, including reporting on Capitol Hill, the campaign trail and the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Elise is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Tara Golshan

Senior Editor

Tara is a former senior editor at Vanity Fair, where she helped oversee politics, business and technology coverage for The Hive and the magazine. Previously, she was a policy and politics reporter at HuffPost, where she covered the 2020 election and Covid-19 relief legislation. Before that, she was part of Vox’s inaugural congressional team, covering Donald Trump’s agenda from Capitol Hill.


Reporters

Oriana González 

Reporter

Oriana writes about the politics and policy of reproductive health, the FDA and transgender health care. She was formerly a reporter at Axios, where she led and shaped the newsroom’s coverage of abortion. Her scoops made Axios a must-read in the lead up to and aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. She was a frequent contributor to the “Axios Today” podcast and has also appeared on Scripps News, Sirius XM, Telemundo and MSNBC.

Evan McMorris-Santoro 

Reporter

Evan is a veteran journalist with career stops in print, audio and television. He was an enterprise correspondent at CNN and won an Emmy as a correspondent at Vice News. He covered the White House for BuzzFeed News, where he also co-created and hosted a podcast covering the 2016 election. He got his start in D.C. reporting at National Journal’s The Hotline and began his career in local newspapers.

Alex Roarty, Reporter

Alex Roarty

Reporter

Alex comes to AJI from McClatchy newspapers, where he was a politics writer and White House correspondent, covering the Democratic Party and Joe Biden’s presidency. He was previously a senior politics reporter for Roll Call, focusing on congressional races, and was National Journal Hotline’s chief political correspondent.

Maggie Severns 

Reporter

Maggie is an enterprise and investigative journalist who writes about money, power and politics. She has spent more than a decade exposing the behind-the-scenes forces that shape politics as a reporter at Politico, the award-winning news startup Grid and most recently The Messenger, where she covered the legal probes into Donald Trump. Her work has also been published in The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Time. She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, BBC, NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Amy Walter’s “The Takeaway,” “The Brian Lehrer Show” and C-SPAN.

Byron Tau 

Reporter

Byron is an investigative and enterprise journalist who specializes in law, courts and national security. At The Wall Street Journal, he served as a White House reporter during the Obama administration; covered Congress with a focus on the intelligence, oversight and judiciary committees; and was a legal affairs and national security correspondent. Before that, he worked at Politico, where he covered the White House, lobbying, campaign finance and politics. He’s the author of the forthcoming book “Means of Control” about how consumer data is increasingly being repurposed for government surveillance, expected to be released in March 2024.

Haley Byrd Wilt

Reporter

Haley has covered Congress since early 2017. She often reports on the Republican Party, foreign policy, human rights and domestic legislation. For three years, she helmed The Dispatch’s congressional coverage with a twice-weekly newsletter, Uphill. Before that, she reported on the House of Representatives for CNN. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy and the Weekly Standard. Haley took an unconventional path into journalism, beginning with an internship out of high school. (She actually skipped her AP U.S. Government exam to cover the House GOP’s 2017 vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.)

Jasmine Wright

Reporter

Jasmine was most recently a reporter at CNN, where she covered the White House, worked as an embed on the 2020 campaign covering then-Senator Kamala Harris, and covered the 2018 midterms. She was previously a reporter-producer at PBS NewsHour, where she covered politics, the Trump administration and general affairs. She’s a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a proud Chicagoan. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in broadcast journalism.


Curriculum

Andie Coller

Education Director

Andie has been teaching, training, coaching and editing reporters and advising newsrooms for more than two decades, as an editor at Politico and National Journal magazine, as national audience editor for McClatchy, as program director for the National Press Club Journalism Institute, and as an independent consultant. She is also currently a researcher with the Interpersonal Relationships Lab at the University of Maryland. 


Faculty

Tim Alberta

Senior Instructor

Tim is an award-winning journalist and staff writer for The Atlantic. He formerly served as chief political correspondent for Politico. In 2019, he published the critically acclaimed book “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump” — which debuted at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Washington Post and New York Times best-seller lists, respectively — and co-moderated the year’s final Democratic presidential debate aired by PBS NewsHour.

Wesley Lowery

Senior Instructor

Wesley is a contributing editor at The Marshall Project and a Journalist in Residence at the CUNY Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. At The Washington Post, he led the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2016 for the creation and analysis of a database to track fatal police shootings. His first book, “They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement,” was a New York Times bestseller and was awarded the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose by the LA Times Book Prizes.

Josh Dawsey

Instructor

Josh is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for The Washington Post. He joined the Post in 2017 and previously covered the White House. Before that, he covered the White House for Politico, and New York City Hall and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for The Wall Street Journal.

DeNeen L. Brown

Lecturer

DeNeen, an award-winning writer, has been at The Washington Post for more than 35 years, covering night police, education, politics and culture, and serving as a foreign correspondent in Canada. She is a producer on two documentaries about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and a professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where she teaches feature writing and “The Power of the Writing Voice.”

Eric M. Garcia

Lecturer

Eric is the senior Washington correspondent for The Independent and the author of the book “We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation.” He is also a columnist for MSNBC. He previously worked as an assistant editor at The Washington Post’s Outlook section, an associate editor at The Hill, and a correspondent for National Journal, MarketWatch and Roll Call. He has also written for The Daily Beast, The New Republic and Salon.

Cheryl W. Thompson

Lecturer

Cheryl is an investigative correspondent for NPR and senior editor overseeing member station investigations. She served as the investigative reporting coach on NPR’s “No Compromise” podcast that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting. Previously, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. She is an associate professor at George Washington University, and the immediate past president and chairman of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 6,000-member organization that seeks to improve the quality of investigative journalism.

Dianna Heitz

Student Coordinator

Dianna was assistant managing editor at CNN Politics, overseeing the breaking news and digital production teams and mentoring early-career journalists. Previously, she was deputy managing editor at Politico. Originally from Chicagoland, Dianna is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and Loyola University Chicago.


Design

Christopher T. Fong

Creative Director 

Chris is the former creative director of Protocol, where he oversaw visual storytelling and newsroom production. He has been a designer at the Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Chronicle, and has art directed at a data-driven book publishing startup and experiential brand agencies. He also co-created and designed “We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family,” a five-year biographical exhibit that opened in April 2022 at the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco.


Technology

Blend Qatipi

Chief Technology Officer

Blend has worked for more than 30 years on technology-driven solutions for the publishing world. Most recently, he was the chief technology officer of Politico. Previously, he was vice president of engineering at both Alexander Street Press and CQ Roll Call, as well as director of application development at Congressional Quarterly. He has also developed applications at several other companies.