My name is John Hendel, and I’m a tech reporter living in Washington, D.C. In June of 2012, I began covering telecommunications for Communications Daily, a D.C. trade publication that’s led tech industry reporting for decades. I cover Congress and focus on the hearings, bills, and telecom and media policy issues that occupy our lawmakers. One eye is on the FCC, always.
Before the Capitol Hill beat, I covered all 50 states and their regulatory utility commissions as well as legislatures, with emphasis on high-level policy, law, politics, and regulation. I’ve covered the conferences of NARUC, NATOA, and APCO at different U.S. cities across the country as part of my state and local reporting.
My past journalism jobs have run the gamut. I reported on D.C. transportation in all its forms for TBD’s On Foot blog for a year, and then before that, spent a year working as a writer and web producer for The Atlantic magazine as part of their fellowship program. I wrote about everything from streetcars to Andrei Tarkovsky to transit delays to “the right to be forgotten.” In the fall of 2009, I earned a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Missouri. I completed a 140-page graduate thesis, for which I conducted quantitative research examining how snark affects newsreaders. In May 2008, I graduated from the University of Missouri with bachelor’s degrees in magazine journalism and history.
Past travels include stints teaching English in South Korea, interning in London for the free expression magazine Index on Censorship; and Spanish practice in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Once I worked as a producer’s assistant on a feature film (now streaming on Netflix!). Other internships included The Missouri Review literary magazine and communications work at a major art museum.
Check out some of my work on this website and feel free to drop me a note. I like freelancing.