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An insider's glance at the AllPolitics players

R. Morris Barrett, writer, comes to AllPolitics via a Washington-based think tank and a two-year legislative stint on Capitol Hill. Oh, yes, he also spent a few years at a Hollywood movie studio along the way. A 1987 graduate of Princeton University, Barrett wrote for TIME Daily in New York before joining AllPolitics in January, 1996.

Kathleen Hayden is a proud New Englander, growing up in a burb outside Boston. She left for the Philadelphia area to attend Haverford College. After graduating in '94, New York and a job offer to help start TIME's website and write for TIME Daily beckoned. From there she moved 17 floors up to join Time Warner's Pathfinder as News Producer. When the chance to try out D.C. as a writer for AllPolitics came up, how could she say no? But she still loves the land of six-month winters and the Red Sox best.

Sue Hoye is a native of Wisconsin and a sometimes reluctant resident of Atlanta. She has degrees in English and Journalism from Marquette University. After a stint in the world of non-profits and the remaindered book business, Sue came to CNN Interactive in March of 1996. She now works as an Associate Producer for AllPolitics and spends most of her free time with her two Golden Retrievers and her husband Matt.

Gary Hulmes, an expatriate Rhode Islander, came to Atlanta in 1996 to join the AllPolitics webmonster team. He is a multimedia artist and former bartender, with degrees in creative writing and philosophy. His current aspirations are to get his picture taken with Ted Turner and wrestle in the WCW Cruiserweight division.

Wendy King, a Cumberland, R.I., native, got her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Vermont and her Masters of Arts from American University before joining TIME in 1990. Covering everything from Capitol Hill to infertility at TIME, Wendy has also contributed to Smithsonian Magazine and Sports Illustrated. With AllPolitics since January 1996, Wendy spends much of her free time volunteering with the Washington Humane Society. She likes weird food and has a strange sense of humor.

Sr. Webmaster Rob Leary began his career at CNN Interactive as the first employee brought on to work on Internet projects. After completing the CNN web site, Rob went on to develop the infrastructure for CNN's business web site, CNNfn.com. Rob then worked on the AllPolitics site. He continued on as senior webmaster, and has been involved in working with third-party groups such as Congressional Quarterly, Lexis-Nexis, and Children's Express. Before working for CNN Interactive, Rob was pursuing a master's degree in nuclear engineering at Texas A&M University. He currently thinks of sleep as a hobby he would like to pick up someday, when he has the time.

AllPolitics writer Thomas H. Moore made the jump from print in September 1996. Before leaping, he had been a political reporter, book editor and systems editor for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report. Moore grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and received an A.B. in political science from Davidson College. He is currently trying to decide if he can psych himself up to run another marathon (He ran the Marine Corps marathon last time but insists his time is classified).

Justin Oppmann, Washington Ad Sales Manager for AllPolitics, realized that, after a year as the AllPolitics whipping boy, uh, intern, he had no other options in life and quickly joined the staff. Despite the occasional hisses of "corporate drone" from former editorial co-workers, Justin enjoys his new job and still wonders what ever possessed them to hire him. A native of Cleveland, Ohio and recent graduate of Georgetown University, Justin caught the journalism bug at age 14 when a letter that he wrote to TIME appeared on the letters page. It's been downhill since then. Justin's interests include travel, writing, architecture, classical music, scuba diving, motorcycles, Cuba and his nonprofit Caribbean Architecture Restoration Project.

Web editor David Pate paid his dues on the CNN Interactive site before being recruited by AllPolitics. He holds degrees in writing and literature, but has yet to use them to make his fortune. David bats .400 and can make 30-minute brownies in 18 minutes.

Though he'd rather play power forward in Italy, Executive Producer Michael Riley left his post as a senior correspondent at TIME, where he had been for a decade, to start up AllPolitics. A third-generation reporter, Mike started at the Lexington, N.C., Dispatch, typing on a battered IBM Selectric and handing glued paper copy to a typesetter. After graduating from Wake Forest University and Harvard, Riley covered politics for TIME, including several presidential campaigns, and served as chief of the Atlanta-based southern bureau. A couple of years ago, Mike took a year off as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard to learn about new media. Mike lives in Oakton, Va., with his wife, Arline, and two daughters.

Craig Staats joined AllPolitics in January 1996. As a staff writer for the Oakland, Calif., Tribune from 1982-1995, Staats built a computer database of local political contributions and wrote about campaign money-laundering, sleazy trade schools and fatal fires in poor neighborhoods. He studied journalism and city planning at the University of California, Berkeley and learned about database journalism at the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting at the University of Missouri.

Associate Producer Janine Yagielski joined AllPolitics' Atlanta staff in 1996. After covering the Indian, Israeli and Russian elections for CNN Interactive's main news site, AllPolitics seemed like the logical next step. Prior to her move online, Yagielski spent her days and nights writing, producing and roaming the halls of the New York State Capital for WTEN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Albany, N.Y. She holds a degree in Economics and International Relations from Colgate University.


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