Shane Goldmacher is a senior political correspondent for the National Journal. Prior to joining NJ in 2011, Goldmacher was a Sacramento-based reporter covering California politics and government for the Los Angeles Times. He was the paper's lead budget reporter during California's fiscal crisis. He also covered statewide campaigns, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature. He previously was a reporter for Sacramento Bee, where he launched the political website, Capitol Alert. Before that, he wrote for Capitol Weekly, a Sacramento-based newspaper that covers state government. A San Francisco native, Goldmacher received his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley.