Thursday, May 09, 2013

Wapo: Kerry Lester named AP correspondent in Springfield, Ill., to focus on government and politics

Congratulations to the Northwest 'Burbs Kerry Lester on her new job: AP Bureau Chief in Springfield for Govt and Politics.  Via yesterday's Washington Post,
 
Kerry Lester, an award-winning political reporter in Illinois, has been named Supervisory Correspondent for The Associated Press in Springfield, Ill.
 
Lester, 30, joins the AP from the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. She will join a four-person team covering state government and politics in Illinois that includes investigative reporter John O'Connor in Springfield and political reporters Sara Burnett and Sophia Tareen in Chicago.
 
The appointment was announced Wednesday by Central Region Editor David Scott and Illinois News Editor Hugh Dellios.
 
"There is no more important beat for the AP in our coverage of states than government and politics, and we've hired a reporter with a history and a habit of breaking news in Kerry," Scott said. "She'll become part of a team that's committed to telling AP's customers all they don't already know about what's going on in Springfield and Illinois state government."
 
I first started following Lester when she covered Joe Walsh in the 8th.  I always found her fair and always got a laugh from the off-the-wall comments on here alleged biases towards Walsh or Duckworth.  She couldn't win sometimes against all the anonymous writers out there (then... DH has switched to facebook which elevates the discourse).
 
Good luck to her.  There's plenty Illinoisans don't know about Springfield.  And there's plenty Springfield Pols don't want us to know.  She's got her job cut for her.

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