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Andrew Grant Feinberg

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Veteran Washington, DC based journalist reporting on politics and policy for national and international news outlets, with extensive experience covering Congress, the White House, Courts, and federal regulatory agencies including the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission. Past freelance work has appeared in such publications as Politico Magazine, Washington Business Journal, Social Times, Mashable, Main Justice, and Linux Journal.

Skills and Qualifications

  • AP Style
  • Reporting and writing for daily newspapers/newsletters, online publications, wire services, and weekly/biweekly publications
  • Reporting and writing for long-form and magazine-style publications
  • Breaking news reporting
  • Investigative journalism
  • Enterprise reporting
  • Radio and TV reporting and analysis
  • Digital photography and videography
  • Encyclopedic knowledge of politics, political campaigns, legislative and regulatory processes, public policy (foreign and domestic), national security, and law
  • Coverage of executive, legislative and judicial branches
  • Monitoring and tracking legislation, regulations, executive actions and court cases (civil and criminal)
  • Tracking and monitoring campaign finance and lobbying disclosures
  • Public records searches and Freedom of Information Act requests
  • Legal and legislative research
  • Developing and maintaining source relationships
  • Expansive knowledge of the technology and telecommunications industries, including policy and regulation
  • First-hand insights into and experience with matters of media literacy, journalistic ethics, foreign/right-wing propaganda and “fake news”
  • Early adopter and expert user of social media (Facebook user since 2004, Twitter user since 2007)

Current Work

Editor / Political Reporter (Freelance, 2017-)

Sentinel Newspapers (Montgomery County Sentinel)

  • Responsible for coverage of political matters affecting or of interest to both Montgomery County, Maryland and the Washington, DC region as a whole, including legislation, federal regulations and actions by the Executive Office of the President. Reports on breaking news while keeping track of long-term and investigative stories in progress.
  • Prepares for, attends and reports on press conferences, hearings, markups, and other events at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and at other agencies as necessary. Regularly attends daily press briefing by the White House Press Secretary and weekly briefings by House and Senate leadership.
  • Develops sources within the White House and on Capitol Hill to stay attuned to breaking news and to allow readers the best possible understanding of goings-on within both when important to their community.
  • Attends and reports on campaign events, rallies, protests, and other events as needed.
  • Edits all filed copy for clarity and grammar before submitting for approval by News Editor and Executive Editor.

Managing Editor / White House Correspondent (2016-) Deputy Editor (2008-2010)

Breakfast Media LLC (BroadbandBreakfast.com)

  • Coordinates coverage of technology and telecommunications issues on Capitol Hill and at the White House, courts and federal agencies, including legislation, regulations, executive actions, and other matters as needed.
  • Prepares for, attends and reports on press conferences, hearings, markups, and other events on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at other federal agencies as necessary. Regularly attends daily press briefing by the White House Press Secretary and other briefings by senior administration officials, as well as weekly briefings by House and Senate leadership.
  • Tracks executive actions, proposed and pending legislation, and regulatory actions pertaining to the technology and telecommunications sectors.
  • Develops sources within the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill to stay attuned to breaking news and to allow readers the best possible understanding of goings-on within both when important to their community.
  • Attends and reports on campaign events, rallies, protests, and other events as needed.
  • Supervises other reporters and interns by assigning and editing stories in consultation with publisher.

Freelance Journalist (2010-)

Various Publications

  • Writes about politics and public policy for various publications including Washington Business Journal, SiliconAngle, Mashable, Politico Magazine, Social Times, and Main Justice.

Previous Experience

  White House Correspondent (2017)

RIA Global LLC (Sputnik Newswires)

  • Attempted to uphold principles of journalistic ethics while serving as lead White House reporter for the Washington, DC bureau of the Sputnik News wire service division.
  • Responsible for daily activities and newsworthy events at the White House, with special attention given to matters of US politics, foreign policy, defense/homeland security, and US-Russia relations.
  • Developed sources within the White House and across the Executive Branch to cover breaking news as needed. Attended and covered campaign events, rallies, protests, and other events as assigned.
  • Prepared legitimate questions based on the day’s news for use at daily press briefings by the White House Press Secretary as well as subject-matter background briefings by senior administration officials.
  • Refused to use on-camera press briefing questions to promote conspiracy theories linking the murder of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to the release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails by WikiLeaks or which would’ve implied the April 2014 chemical weapons attack in Syria was a hoax.
  • Documented efforts to adhere to high ethical standards despite widespread dysfunction in Sputnik’s DC bureau for a first-person account which was published in Politico Magazine, “My Life at a Russian Propaganda Network.”

Staff Writer (2012)

News Communications, Inc. (The Hill)

  • Covered the technology and telecommunications beat for “The Hill” newspaper, responsible for covering matters before Congress, courts, and regulatory agencies.
  • Covered Sen. Charles Grassley’s use of holds to delay confirmation of two of President Obama’s FCC nominees (despite his lack of jurisdiction as Judiciary Committee ranking member. Broke story of Senate GOP frustration with Grassley’s actions, after which he lifted the holds and permitted a confirmation vote by the full Senate.

Assistant Editor (2008)

Warren Communications News (Communications Daily / Washington Internet Daily)

  • Covered technology and telecommunications policy matters before Congress, courts and regulatory agencies for daily newsletters, including privacy, cybersecurity and other Internet policy matters.
  • Also served as lead editor and correspondent for biweekly Public Broadcasting Report
  • Was among the first to cover House Republicans’ early adoption of Facebook, Twitter, and livestreaming video apps to communicate directly with constituents, including House Republicans’ use of Twitter (and the #DontGo hashtag) to protest when House Democrats voted to adjourn for August recess without debating or voting on an offshore drilling bill.
  • Broke the story of a plan by Democrats on the House Administration Committee to regulate members’ use of social media under franking rules, resulting in to protests from transparency advocates which led to House and Senate rule changes establishing members’ right to use social media tools, including tweeting from the House and Senate floors.

Education

•  University of Wisconsin-Madison, (Bachelor of Arts in History and History of Science, May 2005)

  • Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, The American University, School of Public Affairs (2006–2007)
  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (uncompleted Juris Doctor, 2008-2010)

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