Associated Press Appoints New Des Moines Correspondent

By: Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Thomas Beaumont, a veteran chronicler of presidential politics and the Iowa Caucuses, has been named Des Moines Correspondent for The Associated Press.

The appointment was announced Wednesday by David Scott, the cooperative’s regional editor for the Central U.S., and Scott McFetridge, the AP’s news editor for Iowa and Nebraska.

Beaumont joins the AP from The Des Moines Register, where he had served as the newspaper’s chief political reporter since 2002. He led the paper’s coverage of the White House aspirants who every four years spend months courting Iowa voters ahead of the state’s first-in-the-nation caucus vote.

“Tom breaks the news that matters most in presidential politics in Iowa,” Scott said. “We’re delighted that he’s joining the AP and are excited about what he will bring to the report.”

As Des Moines Correspondent, Beaumont will join a political coverage team that includes state government reporter Mike Glover and Iowa City Correspondent Ryan J. Foley. Along with reporters from across the region and the AP’s Washington staff, they will ensure the AP’s report on the caucuses and the 2012 election is consistently first and always complete.

“Adding Tom to the AP’s team in Des Moines will ensure that our members in Iowa and our customers nationwide are well served throughout the 2012 campaign,” said Kia Breaux, the AP’s Chief of Bureau for Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.

Beaumont, 42, joined the Register in 1999 as a general assignment and investigative reporter, focused on development in Des Moines’ western suburbs. He took over as the paper’s chief political reporter three years later, and has served as the lead writer for the newspaper’s Iowa Poll since 2008.

He previously covered courts and politics for The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Ill.

Beaumont, who grew up in southeastern Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1989 and earned a master’s degree in journalism from the school in 1993. He is married and the father of three sons.

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