Gregory Korte is a White House reporter for USA TODAY, focusing on presidential power in the Obama presidency. His work features extensive use of database reporting and the Freedom of Information Act. Before moving to the White House beat in 2014, he covered Congress for four years, focusing on oversight, federal spending and tax policy.
Though his focus is more on government than politics, he’s had election-year stints covering Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for president, the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns in Ohio, Jerry Springer’s attempt to run for Senate in Ohio in 2003, and Cincinnati’s first direct election for mayor in modern history.
Gregory joined the Nation’s Newspaper in 2010 after nearly a decade at his hometown paper, The Cincinnati Enquirer.
In 2007, the Society of Professional Journalists named him the Best Reporter in Ohio. His foreclosure reporting that year earned state and national awards for investigative and business reporting, beating out competing coverage from The Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald and Bloomberg.
Gregory pioneered the Enquirer’s Data Center project, an ambitious effort to transform newspapers and their web sites into to more useful, interactive sources of local information. Before that, he was the City Hall reporter for five years, covering the 2001 and 2005 mayoral elections and the 2004 presidential campaign in Ohio.
He previously worked at the Akron Beacon Journal and the Lorain Morning Journal, where he was the lead writer for a Pulitzer Prize-nominated series on the alarming increase in the use of Ritalin to treat hyperactive children.
A 43-year-old West Side Cincinnati native, he attended St. Xavier High School and Ohio University. During college, he worked in the Washington Bureau of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and covered the 1992 national political conventions.
Gregory is former chairman of its Ohio Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists, and has won the SPJ’s national Sunshine Award for his work on First Amendment issues in Ohio.
Outside interests include obscure Cleveland Indians ballplayers of the 1920s and ’30s, old libraries and German beer. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Lisa and daughter Eleanor Cecelia.
(Last updated January 28, 2015.)