Kathie Obradovich is the new DMR political columnist

I've known Kathie Obradovich for about 14 years; I met her when she came to cover the statehouse for Lee Enterprises.  She wrote weekly columns which were well-written, insightful and often witty.  I'm sure she'll do the same for The Register

Congratulations, K.O.!



Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Des Moines Register announces political columnist
Des Moines, IA< The Des Moines Register today announces Kathie Obradovich as the new political columnist.
Generations of Iowans have trusted the Register¹s political commentary to help set the agenda, define issues and hold public officials accountable.
For decades, presidential candidates have courted the Register¹s attention and national reporters have sought its tips and insight into candidates¹ characters and qualifications. Obradovich will not only carry on this tradition but add her own unique voice. ³My passion is helping Iowans to engage with their government to make a difference,² said Obradovich, political columnist for The Des Moines Register.
Obradovich has served since 2003 as the Register¹s political editor, directing coverage of Iowa¹s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, the Iowa Statehouse and Congress. She has been the lead editor of the award-winning Iowa Poll, developing questionnaires and coordinating reporting of the results.
Obradovich has covered Iowa government and politics for over 20 years, including a decade as a reporter and bureau chief at the Iowa Statehouse. She¹s an Iowa native and Iowa State University graduate, with strong family roots in the state.
³Kathie earned this role by covering politics and government in Iowa for 20 years. She has shaped the coverage of elections, Iowa Caucuses and legislative sessions, sometimes under her own byline and sometimes behind the scenes. Born and raised in Iowa and with those years of perspective, she is uniquely suited to carry on the responsibility of the four Des Moines Register political columnists who preceded her.² said Carolyn Washburn, Vice President and Editor of The Des Moines Register.

Obradovich¹s first column will appear on Sunday, June 28. You can find her columns every week in The Des Moines Register or online at www.DesMoinesRegister.com. If you are interested in arranging an interview with Kathie Obradovich, please contact The Des Moines Register at (515) 699-7052.


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