Brakkton Booker joins POLITICO as national political correspondentFebruary 23, 2021
Announcement from Managing Editor, Washington and Politics, Blake Hounshell:
Today at 1 p.m. we are thrilled to launch The Recast, our twice-weekly newsletter that breaks down how race and identity are shaping politics, policy and power. The nation’s demographics are changing. Power is changing. We want to be the first to document that change and put it in context for our readers.
We’re equally thrilled to announce we’ve found the perfect journalist to helm it: Someone with a snappy writer’s voice, energy, enthusiasm and a deep knowledge of the inner workings of national politics.
Meet Brakkton Booker, author of The Recast and national political correspondent.
Currently, Brakkton is a National Desk reporter based in Washington, D.C. for NPR, where of late, his work has focused on the intersection of race and justice. He served as the lead writer for NPR’s America Reckons with Racial Injustice Series where he, among other things, tracked the high-profile encounters of Black Americans by law enforcement. He also covered both Senate impeachment trials of President Trump and the historic confirmation process of Lloyd Austin, the nation’s first Black Defense Secretary.
Throughout his career, he’s covered a wide range of topics, including federal social safety net programs, the Ferguson uprising and young activists pushing for changes to federal and state gun laws in the wake of the Parkland shootings. Before he joined NPR’s national desk, he spent five years as a producer/reporter for NPR's political unit, covering Barack Obama’s 2012 election, Mitch McConnell’s 2014 campaign and the 2016 presidential election. He was the lead producer from the Trump campaign headquarters on election night.
Brakkton started his career as a show producer on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Tell Me More, where he produced the program's signature Barbershop segment.
Brakkton earned a bachelor's degree from Howard University and was a 2015 Kiplinger Fellow. He’s looking for some golfing buddies here at POLITICO so he can trash talk. He starts on March 30.