Jackie Calmes | Washington Week

Jackie Calmes

Jackie Calmes is the White House editor for the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau.

Calmes joined the LA Times from The New York Times where she worked as a national correspondent covering the 2014 midterm elections. She joined the Times in August 2008, and was a White House correspondent. Previously she had been chief political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau. During her 18 years at The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Calmes covered the White House and Congress, focusing mostly on budget and tax legislation, and also reported on congressional and presidential election campaigns as well as issues confronting state and local governments.

From mid-1997 to mid-1999, she was one of the Journal's two White House correspondents, and in 1999-2000, she covered national politics and the Bush campaign. After the 2000 presidential recount, she covered election reform and politics, and in June 2001, she became a news editor for the Journal's "Politics and Policy" page, and took over as writer and a reporter of the well-known "Washington Wire" column in Friday's Journal. She returned to full-time reporting in late 2002, and through 2004 was again a White House correspondent.

In May 2005, Ms. Calmes was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Reporting on the Presidency.

Ms. Calmes began her journalism career in 1978 at the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News. In 1979, she went to the Austin, Texas, capital bureau of Harte-Hanks Newspapers and in 1981 joined the Austin bureau of the Dallas Morning News. She worked for the Congressional Quarterly from 1984 until 1990, except for 1988 when she worked in the Washington  bureau of the Atlanta Constitution and Cox Newspapers Inc.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Ms. Calmes earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Toledo and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She is most proud of her two daughters, Sarah and Carrie, neither of whom wants to be a journalist.

Most Recent Appearances

Recent Stories

  • The New York Times
    December 13, 2016
    For the billionaires, the multimillionaires and the plain well-off people whom President-elect Donald J.
  • The New York Times
    December 2, 2016
    Trump thanked supporters at a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday, and announced that he intends to nominate James N. Mattis as defense secretary.
  • The New York Times
    August 12, 2016
    With both major-party presidential candidates vying for working-class voters, Hillary Clinton on Thursday followed Donald J. Trump to Michigan to outline her job-creation plans, answering his economic address on Monday in Detroit. Mrs.
  • The New York Times
    May 18, 2016
    A few years back, the heavy-equipment manufacturer JCB held a job fair in the glass foyer of its sprawling headquarters near here, but when a throng of prospective employees learned the next step would be drug testing, an alarming thing happened: Abo
  • The New York Times
    April 23, 2016
    After more than a century-long wait, women and African-Americans are finally going to be represented on the country’s paper currency. But with the new bills years away, how many people will even be carrying cash by the time they go into circulation?
  • The New York Times
    April 16, 2016
    For more than 100 years, women have waited for a portrait of someone of their sex at the center of a paper note, a wait that appeared to be ending when Treasury Secretary Jacob J.
  • The New York Times
    January 27, 2016
    A grand jury’s indictment on Monday of two abortion opponents who covertly recorded Planned Parenthood officials is the latest, most startling sign that a Republican campaign against the group has run into trouble.
  • The New York Times
    December 30, 2015
    Congressional Republicans are planning to start the new year with another attempt to ban federal funds for Planned Parenthood.
  • The New York Times
    December 18, 2015
    After much discussion and many delays, White House and congressional negotiators reached an agreement to make permanent more than 50 temporary tax breaks, or “tax extenders,” that had been repeatedly extended for only short periods to understate thei
  • The New York Times
    December 5, 2015
    Republican and Democratic negotiators closed in Friday on a major package of tax cuts for businesses and individuals that could exceed $700 billion in forgone revenues over a decade, and planned to work through the weekend in hopes that Congress can
  • New York Times
    November 30, 2015
    Even as the authorities say they remain uncertain what precisely led a gunman to attack a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs on Friday, a comment attributed to the suspect by a senior law enforcement official — “no more baby parts” — fed
  • The New York Times
    November 7, 2015
    Friday’s surprisingly robust jobs report cheered Democrats hoping to retain the White House and capture the Senate next year, but it heralded a new atmosphere of uncertainty by flashing a green light to the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, wh
  • The New York Times
    October 5, 2015
    The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Monday agreed to the largest regional trade accord in history, a potentially precedent-setting model for global commerce and worker standards that would tie together 40 percent of the world’s econ
  • The New York Times
    August 4, 2015
    As president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards tries to keep perspective while the group faces one of its biggest political crises.
  • The New York Times
    July 28, 2015
    For Senator Ted Cruz to call his party’s leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, a liar as he did Friday and again Sunday in the Senate was an extraordinary personal attack, but given how much the conservative base of the Republican Party has come to loathe
  • The New York Times
    July 16, 2015
    House Republican leaders on Wednesday announced a congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood, a day after anti-abortion activists released a video of an unsuspecting official from the organization explaining how it provides fetal tissue to res
  • The New York Times
    July 9, 2015
    Of all the problems that might cause Treasury Secretary Jacob J.
  • The New York Times
    June 18, 2015
    Growing numbers of Americans are going cashless, but demands to finally put a woman on paper currency persist. And now the Treasury has announced that a portrait of a woman, to be determined soon, will grace the $10 bill.
  • The New York Times
    December 16, 2014
    Democrats would like some credit for the run of good economic news. Yet the better those reports are, the more divided the party has become over how — even whether — to take any.
  • The New York Times
    October 23, 2014
    Anticipating a takeover of Congress, Republicans have assembled an economic agenda that reflects their small-government, antiregulation philosophy, but also suggests internal divisions that could hinder a united front against President Obama — much a
  • The New York Times
    July 25, 2014
    More than he might have imagined just a month ago, President Obama has an opening with Tuesday’s State of the Union address to advance his argument to Congress that the rising inequality of economic opportunities is America’s “defining challenge of o
  • The New York Times
    July 25, 2014
    President Obama will pronounce on the state of the union for the fifth time on Tuesday, and never during his time in office has the state of the economy been better — yet rarely has he gotten such low marks from the public for his handling of it.
  • The New York Times
    July 23, 2014
    Like so many political fights, the one between President Obama and Republicans over income inequality has become a battle over language. Is it about inequality of incomes or of opportunity?
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    Frank Houston knows something about the longtime estrangement of white men from the Democratic Party.
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    When President Obama releases his proposed annual budget on Tuesday, he will grab his best opportunity of the year to show, in one comprehensive package of hard numbers and precise detail, how he would have the government address what he has called “
  • The Washington Post
    July 21, 2014
    As the weather warms, Lizeth Chacon is anticipating a new season of registering Latino voters — yet dreading experiences like one late last year, when she came upon a skate park full of older teenagers. “I thought, ‘The perfect age!
  • The New York Times
    July 10, 2014
    President Obama on Wednesday directly challenged Gov.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    When President Bill Clinton had thrashed out his first difficult budget with advisers, he turned to one of his younger aides for the final word, a seal of approval. “Sylvia, are the folks in Hinton going to think we’ve done right by them?” he said.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    President Obama on Monday will take executive actions to ease the burden of college loan debt for potentially millions of Americans, in a White House event coinciding with Senate Democrats’ plans for legislation to address a concern of many voters in
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    Inside the sleek hillside headquarters of Valley Health Systems, built with a grant from the health care law, two employees played an advertisement they had helped produce to promote the law’s insurance coverage for young, working-class West Virginia