ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — David Klepper, an experienced government reporter who excels at accountability journalism, has been named to the New York statehouse team for The Associated Press.
Klepper has spent the past three years as the AP's statehouse correspondent in Providence, R.I., where he wrote national stories detailing that state's fiscal crisis and the political response to it, including budget cuts, municipal bankruptcy and groundbreaking efforts to rein in billions in pension liabilities. He broke news by uncovering the fraudulent military record of a state lawmaker, and revealed a little-noticed budget item that stopped funding a treatment program for compulsive gamblers less than a month after the state expanded Las Vegas-style gambling.
His new appointment, effective at the end of this month, was announced Friday by Karen Testa, editor for the East region of the U.S., and New York State Editor James Martinez.
"David Klepper is already among the AP's best state government reporters, and I'm thrilled he will be bringing his talents to one of the nation's most influential statehouses," Martinez said.
Klepper, who previously spent nearly seven years covering the Kansas statehouse for The Kansas City Star, will team with Albany statehouse correspondent Michael Virtanen to provide distinctive coverage of New York government and politics for state, national and global audiences.
Klepper, 37, is a native of Naperville, Ill., and a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Missouri school of journalism.