Jackie Koszczuk is the editor of The Almanac of American Politics. She has been a Washington-based journalist covering politics and the congressional leadership for more than 20 years. Her first assignment was in the Washington bureau of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in the late 1980s, when Jim Wright was the speaker of the House and George Mitchell was the Senate majority leader. She later became a national correspondent for Knight Ridder newspapers, where she wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Miami Herald and the Detroit Free Press. She also was a senior writer for CQ's Weekly Report and the co-author of the political handbook, Politics in America. Koszczuk is a winner of the Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress. She also has received top honors from the Dallas Press Club for government and political reporting and from the Chicago Press Club for feature writing. Born and raised in Chicago, Koszczuk (pronounced "KOZ-chuck") has a bachelor's degree in communications from Southern Illinois University.