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Salena Zito      

National Political Reporter for the Washington Examiner, CNN Contributor & New York Post Columnist

Salena Zito was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She is a reporter for the Washington Examiner, an enterprise columnist for the New York, a CNN contributor, host of SIRIUS XM POTUS Channel Main Street meets the Beltway and co-author of the book "The Great Divide."

Before her two decade long career in journalism, she worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers, had own pie business and owned a theater (most famous for its stage production of Reservoir Dogs). Throughout her career, she has interviewed every U.S. president and vice president since 1992, as well as top leaders in Washington, D.C., including secretaries of state, speakers of the House and U.S. Central Command generals. Her passion, though, is interviewing thousands of people across the country. She reaches the Everyman and Everywoman through the lost art of shoe-leather journalism, having traveled along the back roads of 49 states.

Zito rarely flies when traveling across the country, not because of a fear of being airborne, but because understanding how people are impacted by government and politics is most evident in the communities where they live. Over the past 13 years, in covering three historic swing midterm elections as well as three presidential cycles she placed over 330,000 miles on her 14 year old Jeep Liberty.

She is also a devoted history nerd, spending countless down hours at places such as Gettysburg, Antietam and Harpers Ferry, as well as more obscure French and Indian War National Parks such as Jumonville Glen and Fort Necessity. Zito is also an avid cyclist, averaging 2,000 trail miles on her 15 year old bike a year, and her biggest accomplishment was completing a solo ride on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) from West Newton Pennsylvania to Washington D.C.

In addition to cycling she spends her down time, hiking, fishing, cooking, canning and baking and most importantly with her family. Every week Zito spends Sunday family dinner with her two adult children Glenn, Shannon, her husband Michael, her granddaughter Eleanora, as well as her parents, sisters, brothers-in-law and their children and grandchildren.

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