Matt Laslo

Matt Laslo, Washington, DC Correspondent

Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a freelance reporter who has been covering Congress, the White House and the Supreme Courtfor more than five years. While he has filed stories for more than 40 local NPR stations, his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, National Public Radio, The Omaha World-Herald, Pacifica Radio, Politics

Magazine, and Washingtonian Magazine. He has also displayed an amazing ability to blend traditional reporting with new media through his former blog for Capitol News Connection with PRI and his prodigious use of Twitter where he has brought Congress to life for his 4,390 followers (he’s currently the 52nd most popular Twitter user in Washington, D.C., according to

Since 2009 he’s sat on the board at the Regional Reporters Association where he helps represent the dwindling numbers of regional reporters based in Washington. In 2010 he completed the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship, which is put on by the National Press Foundation. That same year he was also tapped to be one of three judges of the prestigious Joan S. Barone Award that’s awarded through the Radio/Television Correspondents Association.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Master of Arts degree in Government and Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University (cum laude). His thesis was entitled “The Trading Game: Why ‘Compromise’ Shouldn’t be a Dirty Word in Washington.” It explores hyper-partisanship’s impact on contemporary lawmaking, which he is expanding and publishing in the near future.

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Arizona’s newly elected Republican senator is now seated in the 113th Congress. 

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The Arizona delegation at the Democratic National Convention reports having a good time in spite of being seated in the back of the hall.  

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Mitt Romney has had trouble connecting with average voters. So this week his campaign attempted to use the party's convention to portray him in a warmer light. And it worked according to Arizona Republicans. Jennifer Tobin says the country finally got to see the man she knows that goes beyond what’s usually seen on TV.