Matea reports on money and politics for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post in June, 2013 she covered the same beat from the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. From 2005 to 2010, she was a New York correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, writing about television media. Before that, she spent five years as a political reporter, covering Los Angeles City Hall, California’s 2003 gubernatorial recall election and two presidential campaigns. She also has written about gangs, poverty and immigration. She joined the Los Angeles Times in 1997 after graduating from UCLA, where she served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Bruin.