With the control of both houses of the US Congress at risk, this program looks at the role of the President in the midterm elections during his last term in office. Watch Associated Press journalists Julie Pace and Matthew Lee, along with Sam Stein, White House reporter for Huffington Post and Kathleen Hennessey White House reporter for the LATimes, for an insiders view as they examine the prospects for the president's unfinished agenda at home and abroad against the backdrop of his lame-duck status. This discussion is moderated by AP Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee.
Matthew Lee is the diplomatic writer for The Associated Press, covering the State Department and U.S. foreign policy. He has traveled with every secretary of state since Madeleine Albright, reporting from more than 100 countries on America’s evolving international interests and priorities. Lee joined the AP in 2007 after 12 years with the French news agency AFP where he covered the State Department, served as the Kenya-based deputy bureau chief for East Africa and bureau in Cambodia. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1989 and began his journalism career at The Washington Post and the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va.
Sally Buzbee is Washington bureau chief for The Associated Press. Appointed in 2010, she leads reporters and editors working in a central multimedia newsroom and in offices at the White House and other key locations in Washington. The bureau includes specialized units for polling and investigative reporting and collaborates daily with AP bureaus throughout the United States and the world. She oversaw AP’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the New York Police Department’s surveillance of minority communities since the 9/11 terror attacks and helped lead AP’s response in 2013 to the U.S. Department of Justice’s secret seizure of AP phone records.
Buzbee previously held leadership positions for the news cooperative in Washington, the Middle East and New York. She was the news agency's Middle East editor, based in Cairo, from 2004 to late 2009, supervising Iraq war coverage and managing news, staff, budgets and logistics in 16 countries stretching from Libya to Iran.
Prior to her assignment to Cairo, Buzbee served as assistant chief of bureau in Washington. She joined the AP in Topeka, Kan., in 1988 and was correspondent in San Diego before moving to Washington in 1995. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Sam Stein is the senior politics editor and the White House correspondent for the Huffington Post. He's been at the website for more than six-and-a-half-years, having helped launched the D.C. bureau in a one-room office in the Watergate Hotel in September of 2007. Prior to then, he worked at Newsweek Magazine as an intern, where he covered items ranging from a deadly fire in South Carolina to the K-Street ties of Hillary Clinton.
Sam attended the Columbia School of Journalism, graduating in the spring of 2007 and did investigate reporting for the Center on Public Integrity in 2005 and 2006. His first job in professional journalism was with the New York Daily News where he interned on the sports desk -- a dream gig that turned into a tough slog of late night filing on obscure athletes and events.
Sam is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he majored in history and wrote a thesis on Israel-Palestine politics that only he, his faculty adviser and three family members read. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut to two Jewish doctors who, remarkably, put only mild pressure on him to follow their professional paths.
Sam is married to his college sweetheart Jessica. And while he does not have any children he does have a beagle named Bennett whom he loves like a child. Bennett recently celebrated his third year on earth with a delicious, stuffed bone.
Kathleen Hennessey is a White House correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and six other papers of the Tribune Company’s Washington, D.C. bureau. Since 2012, she’s covered the president, his re-election campaign, the health care law rollout, immigration, and other second-term initiatives. Before joining the White House beat, Hennessey covered Congress and national politics for Tribune, chronicling on the rise of the tea party and the Republican majority in the House. She moved to Washington in 2009 from Las Vegas, where she covered Nevada politics for AP. She is native of Minnesota and holds degrees from Boston College and the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Julie Pace serves as AP's chief White House correspondent. She joined AP's White House team in 2009 after covering the 2008 presidential election. She makes frequent national television appearances. Prior to AP, she worked as a journalist in South Africa, Zambia and Tampa, Fla.