Rachael Bade and Karoun Demirjian joined Walter Shorenstein Fellow Brian Stelter for a conversation about congressional coverage just one week before the 2022 midterm elections. This engaging and timely discussion offered insights on how the media covers the infighting between the branches of government in an increasingly politicized environment and cover the intersection of politics oversight in general. Karoun and Rachel are the authors of “UNCHECKED: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump,” a book detailing how Pelosi’s Democrats twice fumbled their efforts to oust the 45th president — and with Republican complacency, undermined the tool of impeachment forevermore.
Rachael Bade is a 10-year veteran of the congressional press corps, where her stories illuminated the power struggles and personal dynamics animating the major policy clashes of Capitol Hill. She spent the past two years covering House Democrats’ oversight of the Trump Administration for The Washington Post, where she routinely broke news on the party’s attempts to hold the president accountable as well as the historic impeachment effort.
Karoun Demirjian is a Pentagon correspondent, covering the military and related policy. Until recently, she was a national security reporter based on Capitol Hill, where she covered defense, foreign policy, intelligence and matters concerning the Justice Department. She started with The Post as a correspondent based in the Moscow, Russia bureau. Before that, she reported for the Las Vegas Sun as its Washington correspondent, the Associated Press in Jerusalem, the Chicago Tribune and Congressional Quarterly, and worked at NPR. Demirjian was previously an on-air contributor to CNN.