Michael Tackett is the deputy bureau chief in Washington for the Associated Press, overseeing the White House, Congress and politics teams.
He was previously a reporter in the Washington Bureau for the New York Times. He grew up in Anderson, Indiana, the son and brother of teachers.
Tackett also worked as the Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News, where he helped over see a team of more than 150 reporters and editors. He also served as the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he worked for twenty-eight years, and as National Editor for the US News & World Report. As a reporter, he covered six presidential elections.
He is also author of The Baseball Whisperer, a non fiction book about a summer collegiate baseball team in Iowa that was a finalist for The Casey Award, which honors the best baseball book of the year.
He has received the White House Correspondents Association Award for National Reporting for a series he wrote on the influence of lobbyists on politics.
Tackett received his BA in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University at Bloomington and his JD from The John Marshall Law School. His wife, Julie Carey, who is also an alum of IU, is a reporter for NBC4 in Washington. They have two children.