Former Contributing Washington DC Reporter
Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a freelance reporter who covers Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court. While he has filed stories from Washington 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.
Since 2009 Laslo has 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 honored to be picked as 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 from Covenant College and a MA from the Johns Hopkins University (cum laude).
June 19, 2014
Both of California's Democratic senators are calling for the U.S. to do more in Iraq.
June 5, 2014
The White House is painting a dire picture for every region of the nation -- including northern California -- if action isn't taken to combat climate change. While some Republicans remain skeptical, the White House isn’t waiting.
May 21, 2014
By a vote of 412-to-4, the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday approved a bill that would pay for the construction and repair of levees in the Natomas area. UPDATE: Thursday the Senate passed the bill.
February 12, 2014
California's two Democratic U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that could send more water to communities struggling through the drought. The bill was written by Sen. Dianne Feinstein
February 3, 2014
After spending millions of dollars to fight mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods in California and dozens of other states, large food companies have moved the fight to the federal level.
January 29, 2014
The president laid out an ambitious agenda. He wants to increase the minimum wage, spur investments in infrastructure, and take more steps to address climate change.
January 14, 2014
California Senator Barbara Boxer has assembled a new climate change task force for the Senate. It's goal will not be to push legislation, but to protect climate laws already in place.
December 31, 2013
By most gauges, 2013 was not a very good year on Capitol Hill. Northern California lawmakers, for the most part, seem as frustrated as voters with the lack of productivity.
November 22, 2013
California's two Democratic senators helped their party usher through a historic change to the Senate's longstanding filibuster rule, claiming Republican filibusters were preventing important environmental work in the Golden State.
November 18, 2013
Even as President Obama announced people will be able to keep recently canceled insurance plans, some Northern California Democrats are pushing for other changes to the health law.