Introducing the staff of the Washington Post Democracy Team

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Announcement from National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Philip Rucker and Senior National Investigations Editor Peter Wallsten:

We are thrilled to announce the full roster of our new Democracy Team, a group of journalists based in Washington and across the country who document battles over voting rules and ballot access, efforts to cast doubt on elections and the erosion of confidence in the democratic process.

Members of the Democracy team work with journalists across the newsroom to provide our readers with incisive and revealing stories about the people and forces working to erode that trust, as well as those struggling to restore it.

Matte brown joined The Post in March to cover Georgia, a state at the center of the national debate over access to the ballot box. It will document the impact of Georgia’s new electoral law while exploring the dynamics of an increasingly diverse electorate. Now based in Atlanta, Matt was previously at USA Today, where he covered the White House.

Amy Gardner covers voting rights and laws, the administration of elections, and efforts to undermine confidence in the American democratic system. Amy joined The Post in 2005 and reported and edited local and national political coverage. His recent work has focused on attempts to cancel the 2020 presidential election and the spread of election-related lies.

Tom Burger will examine threats to electoral democracy at the state and municipal levels, with a focus on Pennsylvania. Tom has reported extensively on the pressure put on election officials in Michigan and other battleground states during the 2020 campaign, as well as Russian efforts to influence the 2016 vote.

Rosalind S.Helderman investigates individuals and organizations leading efforts to undermine the democratic system, spread misinformation about the 2020 elections, and make it harder to hold free and fair elections. Roz spent 21 years at the Post, most recently covering Russian interference in the 2016 election, both Donald Trump’s impeachments and the aftermath of the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

patrick marley writes about democracy in Wisconsin, Michigan, and other parts of the upper Midwest. Patrick, who is based in Madison, joined The Post last month after 18 years at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he reported on political turmoil in Wisconsin, including fights over voter ID cards, redistricting and access to the ballot.

Isaac Stanley Becker , who has reported for The Post across the United States and Europe as a member of our domestic and foreign teams, focuses on the role of money and misinformation in the democratic system. He is the author of a forthcoming book on free movement in the European Union.

Yvonne Winget Sanchez covers democracy in Arizona, where officials have come under intense pressure to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Yvonne, who is based in Phoenix, joined The Post last month from the Republic of Arizona, where she spent 21 years, most recently as a national political reporter.

The team is led by Democracy Editor Griff Wittewho served as an editor on Foreign and most recently worked as a correspondent in the US Bureau, and deputy editor of Democracy Jenna Johnsonwho edited throughout the national department and was a national political reporter.