Lateshia Beachum joined the federal politics reporting team this month as a full-time staff member. From October through May, Beachum worked at the Center as a Kellogg Investigative Reporting fellow, focusing on economic injustice and broadband communications issues.
Beachum has previously covered community news for The Post-Standard of Syracuse, N.Y., billionaires for Forbes magazine and health science and politics for The Washington Post.
She earned a master’s degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia College in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.
“This is a team that will dig incredibly deep to break news and explain how self-serving actions of political powerhouses — both liberal and conservative — affect average Americans,” said Dave Levinthal, who will oversee the Center’s political reporting staff.
Levinthal joined the Center in 2013 as its senior political reporter. In addition to managing federal political coverage, he will continue to report on money-in-politics and political influence issues and provide analysis on television and radio.
Levinthal previously covered political influence issues for Politico and co-wrote the daily Politico Influence column. Last decade, he reported on Dallas City Hall and national politics for The Dallas Morning News and the New Hampshire statehouse for The Eagle-Tribune of North Andover, Massachusetts. He has also edited OpenSecrets.org.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Levinthal graduated from Syracuse University in 2002 with degrees in newspaper journalism and political philosophy. He edited The Daily Orange, as well.