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AP adds 2 journalists to 2020 reporting team

, by Lauren Easton

Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace announced today the addition of two political reporters to cover the 2020 presidential campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Here is her memo to staff:

All, As the 2020 campaign kicks off, we’re expanding our team of journalists covering the election across the country. I’m happy to announce that Alexandra Jaffe is joining the AP as a political reporter based in Iowa and Hunter Woodall is our new political reporter based in New Hampshire. Both will report to U.S. Political Editor Steven Sloan.
Alexandra comes to AP from "Vice News Tonight," the nightly news show on HBO, where she was a political correspondent covering national and state politics and policy. She’s no stranger to presidential politics. She spent the 2016 election as an embed for NBC News, covering Marco Rubio and Donald Trump's campaigns. Prior to that, Alex covered Congress and the 2014 midterms for CNN’s digital politics team and The Hill newspaper.
Voters fill out primary ballots at a Polk County polling place at East Side Library in Des Moines, Iowa, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Stewart)
Hunter joins AP from The Kansas City Star, where he’s covered state government and politics in Kansas and Missouri. His reporting has detailed transparency issues, secrecy within state government and the impact of Donald Trump's presidency on a state level. Hunter was a member of The Star's reporting team recognized as a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. He graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in history and journalism. Alexandra and Hunter start on Feb. 25. They’ll spend a few days in Washington before heading to Iowa and New Hampshire.

Please join me in welcoming them to the team!