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.


KNAU and Arizona News
5:13 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

AZ's Senators Oppose Paycheck Fairness Act

Today Arizona’s two Republican senators helped their party block the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have given women new tools to combat pay discrimination in the workforce.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:49 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

DC Residents Protest AZ Representative Franks

Protestors gathered outside the D-C office of Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks today. The group is upset with the congressman’s effort to ban abortions in DC after twenty weeks.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:27 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Politicking Could Hurt Economic Recovery

President Obama is giving Congress a “to do” list.

He’s asking lawmakers to help him lower interest rates on mortgages for millions of homeowners.

And he wants to entice U-S companies with holdings overseas to invest that money here at home by ending some tax breaks they enjoy.

The president is urging Congress to pass these and three other components of the Jobs Act he introduced earlier in the year.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:56 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

McCain, Campaign Finance, and Super Pacs

John McCain, February 9, 2008
Dan Raustadt

It’s no exaggeration that big money has changed the political landscape this election year.

The Republican presidential candidates and the president himself have all turned to so-called SuperPacs which can raise unlimited amounts of money.

One of the more successful SuperPacs so far has been the one supporting Mitt Romney.

But one of the former Massachusetts Governor’s most ardent supporters is Arizona Senator John McCain, one of the sponsors of campaign finance reform.

And he's not happy about the contradictions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:43 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

McCain Wins Concession on Flights Over Grand Canyon.

Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) deal will help ensure that tour flight operators have continued access to the Grand Canyon. It also gives the National Park Service leeway to develop its own regulations. Attached as an amendment to transportation legislation, McCain called the deal "a major step forward."

The amendment allows the Park Service some freedom in regulating the quantity, location, and time of day in which tour flights can operate. Some critics of the deal think that’s not enough.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:02 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Gov Brewer Pushes New Federalism in DC

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer spent the weekend in Washington meeting with other governors, cabinet officials and the president where she and others asked for more freedom from the federal government.  

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:03 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Arizona Delegation Divided Over Tax Cuts

The Arizona Congressional delegation was divided over legislation to extend a payroll tax holiday for millions of average workers. 

The payroll bill wasn’t released publicly until last night and many members studied it until late in the evening. The bill puts around one thousand dollars into the pockets of average workers. Arizona’s two Democratic congressmen voted for it as did Republican David Schweikert. But other Republicans, such as Arizona’s Jeff Flake, don’t like that the tax cut isn’t paid for and comes from money that’s intended for the Social Security Trust Fund.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:37 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Trent Franks Endorses Gingrich

Trent Franks at the 2011 Veterans Day parade in Phoenix, Arizona.
Gage Skidmore

More than seventy members of Congress are backing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, including Arizona Senator John McCain and Congressman Jeff Flake. While Gingrich has only won ten endorsements from members of Congress – half are from his home state of Georgia. But one of his most outspoken backers is Arizona Congressman Trent Franks…who is actively trying to woo his colleagues into the Gingrich camp.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:05 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

AZ's US Senators Looking to Avoid Pentagon Cuts

Arizona’s Republican US Senators are sponsoring legislation to protect the Pentagon from deep budget cuts. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:19 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

U.S. Attorney in AZ Subpoenaed by Congress Over Fast and Furious

The Chairman of the U-S House oversight committee is subpoenaing a top official in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona over the gun running program Fast and Furious.

Critics say the investigation has become a political witch-hunt, but Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is continuing his aggressive inquiry into the ATF program that allowed around fourteen hundred U-S guns to be sold to Mexican drug cartels. Now Issa wants to compel testimony from Patrick J. Cunningham, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.

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