Tom is the digital editor for a media company in Pennsylvania. He worked for more than a decade and a half as a political reporter, columnist and blogger for a 75,000-circulation daily newspaper in southcentral Pennsylvania. He has also served as a contributing writer for About.com's U.S. Government Info section.
You can also read more about Tom's current and past work on his Google Profile: Tom Murse.
Tom covered numerous congressional and senatorial races, presidential campaigns and national political conventions over the course of more than 15 years in the newspaper business. He interviewed White House candidates one-on-one, and appeared on statewide television to discuss public policy.
He previously worked at a newspaper bureau in Washington, D.C., where he covered several members of Capitol Hill for local newspapers across the country that subscribed to the Capitol news service. He also worked as a reporter in Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg, where he wrote about state government and politics.
He has won several statewide and national journalism awards for investigative, spot news and enterprise reporting. He was among a team of reporters who shared the 2006 Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers from The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, beating out The New York Times and The Plain Dealer of Cleveland.
But the real highlights of Tom's career have been references to his work by two of his heroes in journalism, The Washington Post's Dan Froomkin, who writes the paper's White House Watch, and Slate.com uberblogger Dave Weigel.
By Tom Murse:
"Politics is a contact sport, cluttered too often by half-truths and spin. My goal as About.com's guide to U.S. Politics is to help you cut through the beltway noise, figure out who's who and what's what, and make informed decisions on Election Day."