@NCCapitol reporters named among nation's best

Posted January 27, 2015


— The Washington Post has named two WRAL News reporters on its list of the best state political reporters in the country.

The Fix, the Post's political blog, included Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and multimedia investigative reporter Mark Binker alongside two other North Carolina journalists, Pat Gannon from The Insider and Gary Robertson from the Associated Press.

"The most under-appreciated reporters in the political world are the scribes covering state and local politics," The Fix's Chris Cillizza wrote. "They rarely get the attention of their colleagues at the national level but are often covering the very politicians and national trends that come to impact the broad political landscape."

Cillizza solicits recommendations from Fix readers on the blog, Twitter and Facebook to build the list and is still accepting suggestions.

It's not the first time Leslie and Binker have earned praise from the Post. In 2014, the paper's GovBeat blog named them, along with WRAL News reporter Cullen Browder, among the best state capitol reporters in America.


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  • sisu Jan 28, 2015

    Congrats to the NC Capitol reporters. I enjoy their weekly wraps.

  • Eq Videri Jan 28, 2015
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    You can go to work there to set things right.

  • srw4720 Jan 28, 2015

    Sort of like the Acd Awards, actors picking other actors as the best. Wash Post picks winners, not real objective.

  • Gary_too Jan 27, 2015

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    I'm sure you have heard.....Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.

  • Martha Matthews Jan 27, 2015
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    Congratulations to the team. I know it has no bearing on the reporting, but I do wish Ms. Leslie would look in a mirror and use a comb before going before the camera. But that aside, thanks for keeping us informed!

  • heelhawk Jan 27, 2015

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    and yet, you come here and read the stories anyway.

  • raleighboy524 Jan 27, 2015

    Given WRAL's track record, the report of their honor is probably erroneous. If so, you can bet no correction will be forthcoming.

  • flyfish42 Jan 27, 2015

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    Any specific issues with their reporting that elicits your comment? Personally, I think Laura Leslie and Mark Binker to a great job.

  • Olenc Native Jan 27, 2015
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    Of course! These reporters are doing a great job keeping NC citizens informed of all that's going on in Raleigh!

  • Ping Jan 27, 2015

    Congratulations to All.