Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, who has covered politics and government in Minnesota for 20 years, has been named the Des Moines Register’s politics editor.
Stassen-Berger will oversee the Register’s politics and policy team, which includes coverage of state government, health care, Iowa’s congressional delegation and the Iowa caucuses. She will start in mid-March.
Stassen-Berger has covered the Statehouse in St. Paul for 16 years. Most recently, she was the capitol bureau chief, as well as a reporter and columnist, for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She has also served as a political writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“We are thrilled to add a journalist of Rachel’s caliber to our team,” Register News Director Annah Backstrom said. “Her experience with state politics in Minneapolis will bring valuable insight to our team in Des Moines.”
Stassen-Berger has covered state government shutdowns, statewide recounts, the machinations of redistricting, campaign finance, the flow of lobbying cash and lots of policy, politics and plots in between. For the past two years, she has taught a graduate class at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School about state governance and legislation. She is originally from New York City and graduated from New York University. Before moving to Minnesota, she lived in Budapest, Hungary, and was a staff writer for the Budapest Sun.
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