Meet the Editorial Team

Barbara Matusow · Tom Bevan · Carl M. Cannon · Scott Conroy · Caitlin Huey-Burns · Alexis Simendinger · Sean Trende

Barbara Matusow

Tom Bevan

Tom Bevan is the co-founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics. Prior to launching the site in 2000 with Princeton University classmate John McIntyre, Tom worked for nearly a decade in the advertising and communications industries. In addition to overseeing the editorial staff and writing regular features for RealClearPolitics, Tom’s  work has appeared in numerous publications and he is featured frequently as a political analyst on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, the BBC.

Carl M. Cannon

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics. Carl is a past recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting and the Aldo Beckman Award, the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage. Previous positions include Executive Editor of, DC Bureau Chief for Reader's Digest and White House correspondent for both the Baltimore Sun and National Journal. He was a 2007 fellow-in-residence at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, a past president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and is a published author.

Scott Conroy

Scott Conroy is a National Political Reporter for RealClearPolitics. Before joining RealClearPolitics, he held several positions at CBS News. He was the network’s embedded reporter for  Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and Sarah Palin’s VP campaign. Scott is the coauthor of the 2009 bestselling book Sarah From Alaska.

Caitlin Huey-Burns

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a Political Reporter for RealClearPolitics. Before joining RealClearPolitics, she wrote for the politics and policy channel of U.S. News & World Report. Caitlin earned a master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University and bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Alexis Simendinger

Alexis Simendinger is the White House Correspondent for RealClearPolitics. Before joining RealClearPolitics, she worked on a six-month project as an investigative reporter for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, contributing to the official account of the 2008 financial meltdown. She previously covered the White House, Congress and national affairs for National Journal. Alexis won the Aldo Beckman Memorial Journalism Prize in 2008 for “excellence in White House coverage.”

Sean Trende

Sean Trende is the Senior Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics. He is the author of "The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs and Who Will Take It," and will co-author the forthcoming Almanac of American Politics 2014. Before becoming a full-time political analyst, Sean practiced law for eight years at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Hunton & Williams LLP, where he represented clients in a variety of contexts, from state trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States. Sean earned a juris doctorate from Duke University, a master's degree in political science from Duke University and bachelor's degree from Yale University.