Meet the Team

Andrew Rafferty

Senior Political Editor

Andrew joined Newsy in June 2018 as senior political editor after spending nearly nine years at NBC News. There he contributed to the network's political coverage in a variety of forms, including stints at "Meet The Press," the TODAY show and NBCNews.com. In 2012, he covered the presidential election as a campaign reporter, traveling the country to report on the Republican challengers to President Barack Obama. Andrew is a native of Buffalo, N.Y., and graduate of John Carroll University outside Cleveland, Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewrafferty.

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Andrew Yang speaks to media ahead of the first Democratic debate.
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How Young Conservatives Hope To Make Climate A GOP Issue

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Presidents Have Wide Discretion When It Comes To Medals Of Freedom

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GOP Tax Reform Poses New Threat For Nonprofits

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke with Newsy about how he can stand out in a crowded field of Democrats.
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South Bend Mayor Buttigieg Says He'll Stick Out In Crowded 2020 Field

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New Congress meets
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Washington Roundup: Why Are Congressional Committees So Important?

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Millennials Look To Shake Up The Status Quo In New Congress

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit.
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A sample ballot from Broward County, Florida.
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How A Ballot's Design Can Impact Elections

Libertarian Gary Johnson campaigns for president in Utah in 2015.
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Third-Party Candidates Don't Need To Win To Impact 2018

Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks to Newsy about whether young voters will show up in November.
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Young Voters Say They're Ready To Have An Impact On Midterms

Donald Trump introduces Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican running for Senate in Tennessee
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Where We Will — And Won't — See Trump This Campaign Season

Republican Troy Balderson greets a Trump supporter ahead of a rally with the president.
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What Ohio's Special Election Could Mean For The Midterms

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Has President Trump Gone Easy on Putin and Russia?