Our Washington, D.C., bureau reports on congressional delegations and key Supreme Court and administrative decisions that affect our state.


Jane Norman

DC Bureau Chief

Jane directs national coverage, managing staff and freelance reporters in the nation’s capital and assigning and editing state-specific daily and enterprise stories.

Jacob Fischler

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Ashley Murray

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.

Jennifer Shutt

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

Ariana Figueroa

DC Bureau Reporter

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.


U.S. Justice Department asks Supreme Court to take up abortion pill case

BY: - September 8, 2023

The DOJ called on the Supreme Court to take up the case by arguing that lower courts erred in several ways, including by making “serious legal errors.”

Biden to nominate former FAA deputy to lead aviation agency

BY: - September 7, 2023

President Biden’s previous pick for FAA chief withdrew from consideration in March after Senate Republicans opposed his confirmation.

Congress and nonprofit working to put women’s suffrage monument on National Mall

BY: - September 6, 2023

A House committee passed a bill in July that would allow the monument to be constructed on the National Mall, but provides no federal funding.

Millions enrolled in new student loan repayment program

BY: - September 5, 2023

92,300 New Jerseyans are among those seeking repayment from the Biden administration's new student debt relief plan.

New federal water pollution rule draws mixed reaction

BY: - August 31, 2023

A federal rule limiting agencies’ power to regulate water pollution will severely restrict protections for waters and wetlands nationwide.

Labor leader touts union support as possible auto strikes loom

BY: - August 30, 2023

United Auto Workers at Detroit’s “Big Three” car companies voted overwhelmingly Aug. 25 to authorize a strike if a deal is not reached by Sept. 14.

Biden administration chooses first 10 drugs for Medicare price negotiations

BY: - August 29, 2023

People on Medicare spent $3.4 billion out of pocket last year on the 10 drugs selected Tuesday for Medicare price negotiations.

‘Hate will not prevail in America’: Biden marks 60 years since March on Washington

BY: - August 29, 2023

Monday's event gained urgency after a white gunman on Saturday killed three Black people near a historically Black university in Jacksonville, Florida.

Judge sets March trial date in Trump federal election interference case

BY: - August 28, 2023

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan scheduled jury selection to begin March 4, despite protests from the former president’s attorney John Lauro.

Updated COVID-19 vaccines expected to be available in September, federal officials say

BY: - August 25, 2023

A Biden official said one updated COVID-19 vaccine shows some promise against the EG.5 variant that makes up an increasing number of new cases.

Trump absent but still dominates as GOP presidential rivals clash at first debate

BY: , and - August 24, 2023

Donald Trump instead recorded a competing interview with ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson that posted online minutes before the debate began.

Here’s what to know about new federal policies for repaying student loans

BY: - August 22, 2023

It’s estimated by the administration that more than 20 million student loan borrowers will benefit from a new income-driven repayment plan.