Reporter covering D.C. government and politics Education: Northwestern University, BS in journalism and political science. ; American University, MSJ in journalism. Fenit Nirappil covers D.C. government and politics for The Washington Post's local politics team. Before moving to the D.C. beat, he was part of a team of reporters covering the governor's race and other elections in Virginia. Since joining the Post in 2015, he has written stories across the Washington region spanning breaking news, campaigns and government accountability.