NPR preps for midterms with additions to politics team

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NPR announced Wednesday the addition of two reporters and an editor to its Washington Desk to cover the 2018 midterm elections.

Asma Khalid returns to NPR after a year covering technology for WBUR in Boston. She reported on the 2016 election for NPR and was a founding member of the NPR Politics Podcast. She will return to the podcast as a co-host with Tamara Keith and Scott Detrow.

“It felt like a dereliction of duty to be off the political beat at this moment,” Khalid said in a press release.

And Tim Mak, who previously reported for the Daily Beast, is joining NPR. He will cover the conservative movement and assist with coverage of Russian interference in U.S. politics.

Editor Brett Neely is also moving back to the NPR Politics team from the National Desk. Arnie Seipel, Washington Desk editor, will lead the 2018 election team.

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