Alexis Simendinger, a native of Washington, DC, has been a reporter in the capital since 1986. She joined RealClearPolitics as White House correspondent in May 2011, shortly after completing a six-month investigative project with the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to help write the best-selling official account of the 2008 financial meltdown, published early in 2011.
Alexis covered the White House, national affairs and presidential politics for National Journal magazine, reporting on the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as Senate action during Barack Obama’s first two years in office. In 2008 she won the respected Aldo Beckman journalism award administered by the White House Correspondents’ Association for her 2007 National Journal reporting about the Bush White House.
She earlier reported for news and information publisher BNA (the Bureau of National Affairs Inc.), in Washington, covering the White House, Congress, executive branch departments, and the Supreme Court. In Florida, she began her reporting career at The Tampa Tribune. She has discussed four presidents, Congress and national politics as a guest speaker, and as an occasional commentator for a variety of television and radio outlets, including PBS’ Washington Week program.
Alexis earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her B.A. from New College in Sarasota, Florida.