Veteran journalist and Tennessean alum Trent Seibert will join TNReport this week to cover politics and the Legislature.
At The Tennessean, Seibert covered the Operation Tennessee Waltz bribery scandal and its aftermath, corruption at the Highway Patrol and the flow of money and power through Capitol Hill. He was also a reporter for WKRN-TV and, later, an investigator for the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, now the Beacon Center of Tennessee.
Seibert left Tennessee in 2008 to launch Texas Watchdog, a nonprofit, online news organization. Under his leadership, Texas Watchdog won national and regional awards for its investigative work. Time magazine described Texas Watchdog’s investigations as “feisty.” The Houston Press said it was the source of “stellar muckraking.”
“Between power shifts and guns-in-parking lots, Legislative Plaza looks as newsy as it’s ever been,” Seibert said. “I’m happy to be back in Tennessee and covering politics for TNReport.”
Seibert’s journalism career also includes stints at the Denver Post and the Tuscaloosa News. He started his career in New Jersey — and hopes the readers and viewers of TNReport do not hold this against him.
Mark Engler, editor of TNReport, said Seibert will obviously be a welcome addition to the Tennessee Capitol press corps.
“There’s never an overabundance of smart, talented, energetic, independent-minded reporters covering state politics,” said Engler. “Fortunately for our readers and supporters, Trent is all those things. We’re excited to have him on board, and with his help we’re looking forward to taking TNReport’s journalistic efforts to the next level.”
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