The Washington Post: National correspondent Holly Bailey takes on a new assignment in Atlanta


Announcement from National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Philip Rucker and America Desk Editor Cathleen Decker:

We are delighted to announce that national correspondent Holly Bailey is taking on a new assignment based in Atlanta, with the mission of covering a swath of the country from the upper South to the Great Lakes.

From her new home base, Holly will cover the biggest stories and political and cultural forces shaping life in this key region, as well as continue to anchor our coverage of the Fulton County investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Holly is making this move after shining as a national correspondent in Minneapolis, where she moved in the wake of the 2020 murder of George Floyd. She produced forceful and illuminating coverage about Floyd’s life and death, as well as the national uprising spurred by his killing. Holly wrote dozens of pieces on the state and federal trials of the police officers accused in his death and documented the trauma in Black communities and the frustration among Black residents about how little changed in the aftermath.

In her three years on the America desk, Holly has been known for her deep reporting and elegant writing. She has chronicled such disparate topics as the attack on Paul Pelosi and the return of the Mardi Gras Indians, how one neighborhood survived days without power in New Orleans after Hurricane Ida (hint: ice cream trucks and long extension cords), and the pastor who carried a gun and a Bible as he tended to his flock, also in New Orleans. Her readers have been moved by her carefully observed pieces about mass killings in communities such as Sutherland SpringsHighland ParkNashville and Uvalde, such as her tale of a man so upset by the killings that he gave away his gun.

Holly first joined The Post in March 2019 as a campaign reporter, covering the 2020 Democratic contest and logging ample time in the critical state of Iowa. Before that, she served as a national correspondent for Yahoo News covering politics, culture and major national news and worked for Newsweek, where she was a White House correspondent covering the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Her book “The Mercy of the Sky,” about a massive tornado in her home state of Oklahoma, was published in 2015 by Viking and was the recipient of the Oklahoma Book Award and the American Meteorological Society's 2017 Lewis J. Battan Award for distinguished reporting. Holly is also a skilled and award-winning photographer, whose Instagram feed serves as a curation of visual excellence by her and others.

We’re excited for the revelatory coverage Holly will produce in her new assignment, which begins immediately.


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