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Washington Correspondent, The Star-Ledger and NJ.com — New Jersey Star-Ledger
Covers:  polls, lobbying, campaign finance, federal government, government waste, government misconduct & ethics, politics

Washington correspondent for NJ Advance Media, serving nj.com and The Star-Ledger

Jonathan D. Salant's Biography

Jonathan D. Salant, an award-winning political and investigative reporter, is the Washington correspondent for NJ Advance Media, serving nj.com and The Star-Ledger. He has worked for Bloomberg News, The Associated Press, Newhouse News Service and the Syracuse Herald-Journal and The Post-Standard, among other publications. He is a winner of the Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress and the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis, and a finalist for ...

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National Press Foundation Award

2011 - Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress

Scripps Howard Award

2009 - finalist for Raymond Clapper Award for Washington Reporting

What was your first job as a journalist?

Local government reporter for the Bergen Record in New Jersey.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I still have a large Royal typewriter in my home office.

How is social media changing news?

Everyone is a 24-hour wire service now. But unlike traditional wire services, some post first and then report.

FEMA to begin reviewing Sandy victims' insurance claims

nj.com — WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency Friday announced it would begin reviewing insurance claims from Hurricane Sandy victims who feel they were underpaid for their damages. FEMA is in the process of sending notices to 141,800 homeowners. An additional 2,200 Sandy victims who have gone to court will have their claims reviewed there.

N.J. student eliminated in semifinals of National Spelling Bee

nj.com — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Missing her final word of the day, Katharine S. Wang of Morristown was eliminated in her fourth and final Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. Wang, the final contestant in the semifinals, misspelled cinqueciento, a term referring to the 16th century Italian Renaissance.

U.S. House panel to hold hearing on fatal Amtrak derailment

nj.com — WASHINGTON - The U.S. House Transportation Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia that killed eight people. Witnesses include National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart, Amtrak President Joseph H. Boardman, Federal Railroad Administration Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg, and Dennis R.

N.J. student survives first semifinal round in National Spelling Bee

nj.com — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Morristown student Katharine S. Wang survived her first semifinal round in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. She was given the word "periastron," the point in an orbit where a body is closest to the star it is orbiting.

10 T-H-I-N-G-S you may not know about the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee

nj.com — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Five New Jersey students are among the 285 contestants in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Katherine Wang, 13, of Morristown, an eighth grader at The Peck School is the only New Jersey student to go to the semi-finals at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Where can I watch the National Spelling Bee?

nj.com — WASHINGTON - ESPN and ESPN2 wlll televise the final rounds of the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. The semifinals will air beginning at 10 a.m. on ESPN2 and the finals will be broadcast in prime time on ESPN starting at 8 p.m.

Morristown student reaches National Spelling Bee semifinals

nj.com — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - On her fifth consecutive trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Katharine Wang reached the semifinals Wednesday, the only New Jersey student to get that far in the 88th annual competition.

U.S. House panel proposes version of Lautenberg chemical safety legislation

nj.com — WASHINGTON - The House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders, including ranking Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., on Wednesday offered their own version of legislation ... The Senate is considering a similar bill named for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who championed such legislation when he served on Capitol Hill.

N.J. spellers advance at National Spelling Bee

nj.com — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Five New Jersey students spelled their initial words correctly Wednesday to advance in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Standing on stage in front of a microphone, with the other contestants looking on, each student spelled the words delivered by Jacques A. Bailly, who won the bee in 1980.

N.J. students scrapping for a W-I-N at National Spelling Bee

nj.com — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Six students representing New Jersey are among the 286 competing this week in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winner will get $35,000 in cash plus other prizes. This year's entrants include Sean Manuel, 14, of Bayonne, an eighth grader at the Nicholas Oresko School and winner of The Jersey Journal's 56th Annual Hudson County Spelling Bee.
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