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Jonathan D. Salant. (Photo: Jonathan D. Salant via LinkedIn).

Salant wins re-election to Washington press post

Defeats Ledyard King of Gannett

By David Wildstein, January 20 2023 10:09 am

Jonathan D. Salant, a popular Star-Ledger reporter who covers Capitol Hill, has been re-elected to the five-member Standing of Correspondents that accredits news reporters in the U.S. Senate and House press galleries.

Salant was the top vote-getter in a competitive four-candidate race for three seats seats.  Salant received 197 votes, followed by Associated Press congressional reporter Farnoush Amir (196) and Jennifer Shutt, a senior reporter for States Newsroom (186).

A fourth candidate, Ledge King, the assistant Washington editor who runs the congressional reporting team for Gannett, finished a distant fourth with 108 votes, 89 behind Salant.

King is a familiar name to some New Jerseyans.  His byline appeared regularly in Gannett-owned newspapers in New Jersey between 2000 and 2014 when he covered some local elected and appointed officials in Washington.

Salant is a former president of the National Press Club.  He served on the Standing Committee of Correspondents in the 101st, 102nd, 114th, 116th and 117th Congresses and is a former president.

He has been a the Washington correspondent for NJ Advance Media since 2014 and previously worked at Bloomberg, Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly, Newhouse News Service, Syracuse-Herald Journal, Albany Times Union, Miami Herald, The (Bergen) Record, and Newsday.

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