Charles Mahtesian, POLITICO Senior Politics Editor

Charles Mahtesian, POLITICO


Charles Mahtesian is POLITICO’s Senior Politics Editor. He returned to POLITICO in 2015 after spending two years at NPR, where he served as Politics Editor and Deputy Washington Desk Chief. Prior to that, he spent five years directing POLITICO’s political and campaign coverage.

He first joined POLITICO in 2008 after serving as the editor of National Journal’s Almanac of American Politics, the biennial book often referred to as “the bible of American politics.”

Before that, he was a national correspondent for Governing magazine, where he covered state legislatures, governors and big-city politics.

Mahtesian began his career reporting on elections and congressional redistricting for Congressional Quarterly, where he was also a contributing writer to the books “Politics in America” and “Congressional Districts in the 1990s.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in politics from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and his law degree from American University.


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