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Rachel La Corte

The Associated Press
Rachel La Corte started her career with The Associated Press in Miami in 1997 and has covered Washington state politics and elections as head of the Olympia office since January 2005. She has broken news on sexual discrimination at the state Lottery and on allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault at the Capitol, and she spearheaded a lawsuit against the Legislature in 2017 over lawmakers’ claims they do not have to release numerous records, including sexual harassment investigations. That case is currently awaiting a hearing before the state Supreme Court after a superior court judge found mostly in favor of AP and the news coalition that joined the suit. Rachel has won several awards in recognition of her reporting and work on the lawsuit, including two national honors: The Associated Press Media Editors “Journalism Excellence Award” for state news reporting and a Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Rachel received her BA in journalism from the University of Central Florida and a master’s in international affairs from Florida State University. She has been president of the Capitol Correspondents Association since 2012.