Salena Zito, who made a name for herself during the election cycle as chronicler of the white working class, or WWC, as it’s known in the much-discussed parlance, is moving to the Washington Examiner on a full-time basis as a political correspondent.
She already had ties to the Examiner, writing a Sunday column gig that she’ll continue to do along with her correspondent duties, for which she’ll continue to focus on the Rust Belt and swing states.
“Salena produced some of the most brilliant and insightful reporting on the election, and is widely regarded as having understood which way the political tide was flowing when most pundits and news organizations got it wrong,” said editorial director Hugo Gurdon in a statement.
Zito will be covering the rust belt from within, based near Pittsburgh. Zito had been an 11-year vet of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review before taking a buyout this summer and filing stories from the “Paris of Appalachia” and beyond for a number of national outlets.
She starts Dec. 1, but has a profile on West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin out now.