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Paul Singer is Washington Correspondent at USA TODAY, where he directs and produces coverage of legislation, political campaigns and congressional ethics. He also leads the paper’s coverage of social media and politics, and has created several interactive graphics to let readers track this data. For the 2016 presidential election, he led the creation of the USA TODAY/Facebook Candidate Barometer to track the volume of Facebook chatter about each presidential candidate.

Singer’s USA TODAY investigations of congressional expenditures helped oust Rep. Aaron Schock from office, spurred House Ethics Committee investigations of Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Cathy McMorris Rodgers and sparked an investigation of Republican debate consultant Brett O’Donnell that has led to at least one criminal conviction.

Prior to joining USA TODAY in February 2012, Singer spent five years at the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, first as the lead investigative reporter and later as head of an investigations and political money reporting team. Among other things, his reporting launched one of the first investigations by the new Office of Congressional Ethics; caused the House to revise its system for reporting the personal assets of Members of Congress; and uncovered a secret, bottomless fund lawmakers can use to pay for overseas travel.

In prior positions Singer tracked billions of dollars on federal disaster relief money in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as the executive branch correspondent for National Journal; spent 10 weeks covering the corruption trial of Rep. James Traficant as head of the Associated Press bureau in Cleveland; and — as the United Press International White House correspondent — spent election night 2000 in the Gore press filing center in Nashville awaiting an election result that never arrived.

A native of Pittsburgh, Singer made his first foray into journalism at age 9, when he started the River Street News, a short-lived handwritten newspaper by, for and about the half dozen houses on his end of the street.