I’m very happy to let you know that Michael Tackett is joining The Associated Press as deputy bureau chief in Washington, overseeing the White House, Congress and politics teams. His first day is June 26 — just in time for the opening Democratic presidential debate.Mike joins AP from The New York Times, where he has worked as a political reporter and deputy Washington editor. He previously served as Bloomberg News’ managing editor and Washington bureau chief. Mike got his start at the Chicago Tribune, where he rose from political writer to Washington bureau chief. He’s covered six presidential campaigns — and just as importantly — mentored countless journalists across Washington. He cares deeply about asking the big questions about American politics and telling the story of presidential campaigns not just from Washington, but from the places that ultimately decide elections. That focus makes him the perfect fit for the AP.
Mike, of course, is stepping into the role so ably filled over the past two years by Kathleen Hennessey, who is somewhere in the middle of her drive from Washington to Minnesota. She’ll start her new position as AP’s regional political editor on July 8, and will continue to report to the Washington bureau.Please join me in welcoming Mike to the team!Julie