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DC Correspondent — New Jersey Star-Ledger
Covers:  polls, lobbying, campaign finance, federal government, government waste, government misconduct & ethics, politics

Washington correspondent for NJ Advance Media, serving 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 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.

Menendez says Obama did not overstep authority on immigration — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said today that President Obama did not exceed his powers when he granted a temporary reprieve against deportation to millions of unauthorized immigrants. "Over 100 constitutional law professors had issued statements to the president before he acted that this was well within his authority," Menendez, who accompanied Obama to Las Vegas on Friday, said this morning on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Immigration debate: Pascrell says Obama took action because House Republicans wouldn't — WASHINGTON - President Obama took action to allow some unauthorized immigrants to remain in the United States because House Republicans wouldn't, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell told a national cable-TV audience this morning. "It's time to give us a bill," Pascrell (D-9th Dist.)

Menendez calls Obama immigration order an "historic step forward" — WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's actions to allow some undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States is "an historic step forward," U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said tonight. "I do applaud his efforts to bring people out of the darkness and into the light," Menendez, a Democrat who will travel with Obama aboard Air Force One to Las Vegas on Friday, said in an interview.

Booker, Menendez, Pallone urge feds to discuss offshore drilling with N.J. residents — WASHINGTON - Three New Jersey lawmakers - U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone - told the Obama administration to talk to New Jersey residents before deciding whether to allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The Democratic lawmakers made their request in a letter today to Walter Cruickshank, acting director of the U.S.

Cory Booker says minorities have been hurt by the war on drugs — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker today told an audience of progressive activists that the war on drugs has replaced slavery and the Jim Crow laws as a way to disenfranchise minorities in America. Booker said that while students at his alma mater, Stanford University, and other college campuses could get away with having small amounts of marijuana, and even the last three U.S.

Pallone wins top House committee post, defeating lawmaker backed by Nancy Pelosi — WASHINGTON - Defeating a lawmaker backed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone was chosen by his fellow Democrats today to serve as ranking member of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress. Pallone (D-6th Dist.) prevailed over Rep. Anna Eshoo of California in the secret balloting.

Cory Booker raising campaign cash two weeks after his re-election — WASHINGTON - Two weeks after winning re-election with nearly 56 percent of the vote and six years from his next election, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is back on the fundraising circuit. Booker (D-N.J.), who had $2.6 million in the bank through Oct.

Pallone seeks U.S. House committee post over Pelosi's opposition — WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone is trying to use his seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives to become the top Democrat on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Standing in his way: the top House Democrat, Nancy Pelosi. Pallone (D-6th Dist.)

Christie tells new House Republicans to seek common ground — WASHINGTON - Gov. Chris Christie delivered a pep talk today to incoming Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging them to find common ground with their political opponents in order to succeed. Christie, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, spoke behind closed doors at the luncheon, part of the orientation program for the new representatives elected Nov 4.

Obama Automobile Adviser Rattner Worth At Least $188 Million — May 28 (Bloomberg) -- Steven Rattner, the Obama administration adviser trying to orchestrate a rescue of the U.S. auto industry, has a net worth of at least $188 million and held shares in an investment fund run by the majority owner of Chrysler LLC, according to his financial-disclosure statement.
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