John Lauinger

Deputy Editor, Agriculture & Trade

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As a native New Yorker, John’s journalistic journey has brought him from the New York City tabloids to his current position as deputy editor of POLITICO Pro’s Agriculture and Trade verticals. Arriving at POLITICO in April 2016, John was senior night editor for POLITICO Pro during the 2016 campaign, editing across policy verticals and anchoring the Morning Agriculture and Morning Technology newsletters. He edited Pro’s Transition 2017 newsletter before taking on his current assignment.

Prior to moving to Washington, D.C. to begin his POLITICO life, John worked at the New York Daily News for a decade, serving stints as breaking news editor, night editor, transit editor, morning assignment editor, deputy political editor and associate editor. Before turning to editing, he reported on crime, working out of the paper’s NYPD headquarters bureau, where his assignments took him to every neighborhood in New York City and left him with an enduring appreciation of sharp lead sentences and the fragility of human experience.

Before his time documenting New York’s macabre happenings, he covered Queens and Long Island, reporting on everything from zoning disputes to political wrangling to the disappearance of marshland in Jamaica Bay. He even interviewed Junior Gotti at a high school football game. John got his start in journalism at a weekly paper on Long Island, where the rumbling whir of the ancient press in the back of the ramshackle building punctuated the work-week — and to this day ranks among his favorite sounds.

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