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 Twitaholic.com).
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.