AP hires Alan Suderman as Va. Statehouse reporter

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Alan Suderman, an investigative reporter with the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., is joining The Associated Press to cover Virginia state government and politics.

Suderman, 34, will be based at the Statehouse in Richmond. He has spent the past several years working for a variety of news agencies in the Mid-Atlantic region and has a long track record of exposing government abuse and corruption. Most recently, he has been part of the Consider the Source team at the Center for Public Integrity, a project that focuses on the influence of money in state politics.

The announcement was made Thursday by South Region Editor Lisa Marie Pane.

He previously worked at the Washington City Paper, where he covered D.C. government and authored the weekly Loose Lips column, and at the Washington Examiner, where he covered Maryland's Montgomery County.

"Alan is the type of journalist who digs deep to find out how elected officials are performing and how taxpayer dollars are being spent," Pane said. "He's tenacious and dogged in his pursuit of news that helps readers understand how their government is being run, and we are excited to have him on board as our lead Statehouse reporter in a key battleground state."

Suderman has a bachelor's degree in history from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

He previously worked at the Juneau Empire in Alaska, was a freelance reporter in Austin, Texas, and was a temporary reporter for The Associated Press covering the 2007 legislative session in Montana. Suderman also was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, Africa, from 2001 to 2003.

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