The following BNA analysts are available for in-depth discussion of major news and legislative developments. BNA is the leading independent publisher of specialized news, analysis, and reference products for professionals. Known and valued for nonpartisan, unbiased reporting, BNA reporters, analysts, attorneys, and editors around the world produce more than 300 information services for business, legal, and government professionals at every level of expertise.
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White House ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Cheryl L. Bolen reports from the Obama White House for all news publications at BNA, providing detailed reporting on Administration policies. She has a B.A. in English from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, VA and an M.A. in Journalism from American University. She is the recipient of a 1994 Myra E. Barrer Journalism Award from the Women’s Institute of Washington, D.C.
Senior EditorMoney & Politics ReportBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Ken Doyle writes for professional lobbyists, corporate government affairs executives, trade association executives, labor organizations, issue-oriented interest groups, political action committees, politicians, and others in the fast changing world at the intersection of money and politics. He covers campaign finance reform laws & regulations, nationwide; details of who is lobbying whom, on which issues, and the resulting influence on policy; rulemaking, litigation, advisories, and enforcement actions of the FEC ; and related activities at the Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Government Ethics, and other federal and state agencies. His work appears in Money & Politics Report and Daily Report for Executives. He holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University in NY.
Congressional ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Jonathan Nicholson covers appropriations and leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives for all news publications at BNA. He covers the House leadership as well as the U.S. Budget process. He has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.
Nancy Ognanovich covers appropriations process and the leadership of the U.S. Senate for all news publications at BNA. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee. In april 1997, Ms. Ognanovich was named one of “The Most Influential Journalists in the Capital...” by the National Journal.
Legal Editor, BankingBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Chris Bruce covers a broad range of issues affecting financial services firms, focusing on litigation, regulatory developments, and legislation important to commercial banks, savings institutions, holding companies, and similar enterprises. Among other issues, he has covered development of the Basel II Capital Accord, mergers and acquisitions, a wide range of consumer protection disputes in the courts, money laundering, and enforcement matters. His work appears in BNA’s Banking Report; Daily Report for Executives (DER); and other news publications at BNA. He has a B.A. in Russian Studies from George Mason University and a J.S. from the George Mason University School of Law.
Economics ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Diana Gregg covers macroeconomics and economic policy, international finance and development, and global economic issues for BNA. She is a native of Havana, Cuba and a long-time Washington, D.C. resident. She holds a B.A. in English from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL, and an M.A. in Communications from American University in Washington, DC.
Financial Services ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Aaron Lorenzo covers financial institutions and the legislation and policies that affect them for all news publications at BNA . His coverage includes Federal Reserve lending and asset purchase programs, Treasury Department programs for the banking sector and other industries, and proposals for reforming the regulatory environment that governs the financial sector. His work appears primarily in Daily Report for Executives and BNA’s Banking Report. He has a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University.
National Energy ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Lynn Garner is the lead writer on BNA’s Daily Report for Executives covering national issues in the fields of energy and biotechnology. He covers the Administration, Congress, the Department of Energy, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as well as crude oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear energy developments; biofuels, renewable energy, alternative technologies; energy prices, forecasts, trends; energy tax policy for industry, businesses, and consumers; and the offshore drilling debates. His coverage also includes the unconventional fuels: coal-to-liquids, oil shale, LNG terminals; and vehicle fuel economy. He has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Senior EditorDaily Environment ReportBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Steven Cook covers the Clean Air Act and all legislation that addresses air quality at the federal and state levels. His topics include, among others, climate change, cap-and-trade emissions trading and regulation, and the massive amounts of particulate matter sent into the atmosphere by older oceangoing ships, trucks, trains, and automobiles. His work appears in the Daily Environment Report, Daily Report for Executives, and Environment Reporter. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School.
Senior Reporter, Climate ChangeBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Dean Scott covers state, federal, and international developments on climate change; Cap-and-trade emissions policy; the emerging scientific findings on climate change from the polar regions to the IPCC; the Kyoto Protocol and United Nations' negotiations; and efficiency and green energy developments from plug-in hybrid technologies to wind and solar. He has a B.S. in Journalism/Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a M.S. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Government. He is the recipient of seven press and editorial excellence awards, including five from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and a National Press Club award for congressional coverage.
Chemical Regulation ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Pat Rizutto covers the regulation of chemicals, legislation and judicial actions that could affect chemicals, along with risk assessments, science policy and scientific research that affects society's understanding of the health and environmental problems chemicals may -- or may not -- cause. Her coverage includes the burgeoning area of nanotechnology; the Toxic Substances Control Act; human toxicity studies; international treaties affecting chemicals; risk assessment; toxicology; and human exposure research. She has a B.A. in Social Issues and Communications from Juniata College in Huntington, PA.
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Toby McIntosh is the former managing editor for BNA’s Daily Report for Executives and a leading expert on Freedom of Information Act issues. He was the White House reporter for six years, covering the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations before taking the helm at BNA’s flagship daily in 1993. His current areas of interest include FOIA (the Freedom of Information Act); Sunshine laws; and the many new ways to access government information. McIntosh has a B.A. in Government from Oberlin College and was a National Endowment for the Humanities journalism fellow at the University of Michigan from 1980-81. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 1990 Joseph Brechner Freedom of Information Award from the University of Florida, for an article about FOIA in the electronic era; 1992 awards from the National Press Association and the Newsletter Publishers Foundation for an article about Senate “holds;” and journalism awards from the American Library Association, the Washington‑Baltimore Newspaper Guild, and the Business Council for the Reduction of Paperwork. He participated in the Oxford University Reuters Foundation Program in 1998; and was inducted in to the Society of Professional Journalists DC Chapter Hall of Fame in 2009.
Health Care ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Jeannie Baumann covers medical research and clinical trials for BNA’s health care policy division: stem cell research, protection of those enrolled in research studies, and policy from the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration on research and clinical trials. She also reports on Congressional legislation related to medical research. Her coverage includes human subject protection issues: informed consent, institutional review boards, clinical investigators, and research administrators; stem cell research; ethical and conflict-of-interest issues: Congressional investigations, tightening policies, allegations of scientist misconduct or failure to disclose potentially conflicting relationships with drug, device, and biologics companies; the National Institutes of Health budget and its impact on the research enterprise; litigation related to medical research; and clinical trial billing, especially as it relates to Medicare coverage decisions. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Dana Elfin covers pharmaceuticals, medical devices, pharmacies, and Food and Drug Administration policy on drugs and medical devices. She also reports on Congressional legislation related to the drug and device industries and their lobbying associations, with a particular emphasis on the cost of prescription drugs. Her work appears in BNA’s Health Care Daily, Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Report, and Medical Research Law & Policy Report. She has a B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. She practiced law for five years before coming to BNA.
Legal Editor, Intellectual Property LawBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Anandashankar Mazumdar writes about all aspects of U.S. intellectual property law, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets, with a focus on judicial decisions and legislative developments. Though writing for practicing IP lawyers and scholars, Ananda can explain IP concepts to lay audiences, especially how changes in the laws affect everyday citizens. Because in the electronic age many people are affected by copyright law who would not have been before, copyright and patent issues are often in the news and in the public mind. Ananda practiced law in the District of Columbia for two years and is a member of both the DC and Maryland bars. He writes for Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal; Electronic Commerce Law Report, Computer Technology Law Report, International Trade Reporter, and Daily Report for Executives. He has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Wright State University in Dayton, OH, and a J.D. from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Labor ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Derrick Cain covers labor and employment legislation, including unemployment insurance, e-Verify employment verification, and other labor issues for BNA’s news publications. His coverage area includes legal, legislative, regulatory, and economic developments and trends affecting the workplace. He has a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Custom Research ManagerBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Bob Combs oversees BNa’s research projects related to labor relations and unions, human resources, and payroll, including international HR. He is well versed in the details of union membership and earnings data and statistics across the United States, and knows at any given time the most critical concerns for HR executives. His expertise includes NLRB elections, negotiated wages and benefits, union membership, work stoppages , internal union issues, health care union issues, and labor relations and employment laws abroad. He has a BNA in English from Denison University in Granville, OH, and an M.S. in Journalism from the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in Athens, OH.
Workplace Immigration Issues ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Amber McKinney is a reporter/editor on BNA's Workplace Immigration Report and a staff writer on Daily Labor Report covering immigration issues with a focus on workplace and employment. She covers the several Department of Homeland Security agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS); Congress; multiple state and local immigration initiatives; parts of the Department of Labor dealing with labor certifications and other immigration programs; immigrant rights groups; and immigration focused research organizations. She has a B.A. in English and Political Science from West Virginia University, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Managing EditorPayroll Library ServicesBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Michael T. Baer is the >managing editor of Payroll Library services, which touch on every aspect of the payroll function. He tracks the various federal and state responses to the economic downturn that affect employers, including the focus on enforcing proper worker classification, increasing the minimum wage, and modifying overtime rules. He has a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in International Affairs from the American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C. He is also a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).
Legal EditorBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Don Aplin covers the latest breaking regulatory, legislative, and judicial news on corporate data protection and data security and privacy issues, including U.S. and global developments affecting business compliance with rules governing the protection of financial, health, consumer and other personal information. His coverage includes state data security regulations for businesses, including encryption requirements; expanded HIPAA Privacy and Data Security Rules compliance enforcement by HHS; compliance with identity theft Red Flags rules for financial institutions and creditors; resolution of conflicts between the EU Data Protection Directive and U.S. e-discovery rules; Congressional efforts to legislate on behavioral advertising, data breach notices, and to create a national privacy framework law; cybersecurity efforts by the federal government; and the many related topics. His work appears in BNA’s Privacy & Security Law Report and other BNA news services. He has a B.A. (Government) Pomona College, Claremont, Calif. And a J.D. from the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. Don is also an adjunct professor in Legal Rhetoric and Writing at the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C.. He was a public interest attorney for the Government Accountability Project, Washington, D.C. (1985-1995) and an EEO Litigation Attorney at Gary T. Brown & Assocs., Washington, D.C., from 1996-1997.
Tax ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Alison Bennett covers tax policy and regulation for BNA. Her beat includes tax shelters, international taxes, tax treaties, corporate taxes, tax patents, and financial products. Her work appears in BNA’s Daily Tax Report, Daily Report for Executives, Daily Labor Report, and International Trade Reporter. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a M.A. in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.
Heather Rothman covers tax policy for BNA. Her beat includes the tax provisions of the current health care reform legislation, the estate tax, the alternative minimum tax, and tax extenders. Her work appears in Daily Tax Report, Daily Report for Executives, and Daily Report for Executives. She has a B.A. in Journalism and History and an M.S. in Political Management from The George Washington University.
Brett Ferguson covers tax policy for BNA. His beat includes the tax provisions of the current health care reform legislation, the estate tax, the alternative minimum tax, and tax extenders. His work appears in Daily Tax Report, Daily Report for Executives, and Daily Report for Executives. He has a B.A. in Economics and Journalism from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, and is the recipient of the 2001 Newsletter Journalism Award for Best Exclusive Story from the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Transportation ReporterBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Adam Snider covers transportation policy for all news publications at BNA. His coverage includes the highway/transit legislative reauthorization bill; Congressional transportation committees and legislative action, Amtrak, the Federal Aviation Administration, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; and TEA-21 – the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, and federal highway, transit and safety programs. He has a B. A. in English and Communications from Clemson University in S. Carolina.
Director, Surveys UnitBNA1801 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
Matt Sottong has more than a decade of professional experience in survey research, statistical methods, data analysis, and survey reporting. His unit tracks and summarizes policies, practices, trends, and developments in the fields of human resources. His coverage area includes Human Resources policies and practices, job absence rates, employee turnover statistics, Human Resource department budgets and staffing levels, business expense reimbursement policies, employers’ holiday policies and practices, the quarterly employment outlook. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.