My career has taken me from the “night cops” shift, to Florida’s statehouse, to DeKalb County commission meetings, and now to the nation’s capital. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Washington correspondent, my job is to cover Congress and national politics for a Georgia audience. I want you to feel informed by my reporting and better equipped to hold elected officials accountable. It is the greatest compliment when I receive emails from Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers saying my articles helped them better understand how government works.
You may have heard that on Jan. 6, I was inside the U.S. Capitol when rioters disrupted a joint session of Congress to tally Electoral College votes. I was among a group of about 50 people – media, House members and police officers – who were locked inside the chamber when protesters tried to break in. I knew the moment was important and would go down in history, so I reported what I saw on social media and later in the pages of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I worked through the insurrection because I knew you back home needed information that only I could provide. The day’s events were scary, but I had no time to be scared. I had to do my job.