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Checking in from Washington, D.C.

MinnPost is one of just two newsrooms in Minnesota that have a Washington correspondent — a reporter who lives in D.C. and is dedicated to combing through the news in Washington and distilling it into what really matters for Minnesotans.

Ashley HackettAs I consider the events that took place in the last year at home in Minnesota and at home — for me — in Washington, D.C., I realize how essential free and unbiased journalism has been for our democracy. I’m sure you’ve considered this, too. Perhaps you’re reveling in a slight sigh of relief in the relative calm after the last year of the pandemic, social unrest, an election, an impeachment and an attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol.

But the reporters at MinnPost aren’t taking a sigh of relief. We know that the next policy change, the next federal investigation or the next assault on democracy could be right around the corner, and we’ll be ready for it.

MinnPost is one of just two newsrooms in Minnesota that have a Washington correspondent — a reporter who lives in D.C. and is dedicated to combing through the news in Washington and distilling it into what really matters for Minnesotans.

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One thing I love about this position, and about MinnPost in general, is that our newsroom isn’t beholden to chasing every single scoop or controversy of the moment. Instead of just telling you how our congressional delegation voted, we can take the time to show you why they voted how they did, and what that will actually mean for your life. Our reporters care not about being first, but about being right.

In short, we can focus our efforts and attention on doing stories that get to the heart of issues you care about. That strategy ensures that we provide you with fair, honest, fact-based reporting, which I believe is an essential piece of a healthy democracy.

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