Ian Kullgren - Spring 2013
Ian Kullgren is a junior at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., where he is double majoring in social policy and journalism. He spent the last year covering the 2012 election, where he followed the Republican primary race in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District for MLive Media Group. For a year before that, he was a member of the Michigan capitol press corps for MSU’s State News, where he covered Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the state legislature. He also reported on the GOP presidential primary race in Michigan, covering Mitt Romney’s election-night event and a televised CNBC debate. He interviewed former contenders Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. In August he attended the Republican National Convention, writing about Romney’s keynote speech and Michigan delegation events.
Ian, who grew up in Midland, Mich., enjoys wading through campaign finance reports, both on and off the job.
He is excited and grateful for the opportunity to finally live and report in Washington.
WASHINGTON – As a Rhode Island state representative, Rep. David Cicilline never tried to hide that he was gay. So when a newspaper columnist asked him about it during his first run for Congress in 2002, he answered honestly.
WASHINGTON – The main discussion about sequestration weakening national security has centered on cuts to the military, but government and industry officials are warning that the cuts could have another unforeseen threat: foreign spying.
WASHINGTON – Their sights might be lowered, but they haven’t surrendered.
WASHINGTON – In 2010, New Mexico elected Republican Susanna Martinez as the state’s first female governor. But in 2012, President Barack Obama won her state with almost 53 percent of the vote.
WASHINGTON – A Supreme Court case set to be argued Wednesday is rehashing a 150-year-old civil rights debate in the South, once again bringing into play the contentious balance between racial equality and states’ rights.
WASHINGTON – Come next month, thousands of soldiers and civilian workers at El Paso’s Fort Bliss might have to weather fallout from the ongoing federal debt dispute.
WASHINGTON – When Dan Glickman realized he had launch codes for enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world, he remembers feeling more thoughtful than afraid.