Aaron Kessler is a senior producer for CNN Politics, specializing in using data and document trails to unearth stories at the intersection of politics, the corporate world and the myriad of special interests wielding power in Washington.
Kessler has spent more than a decade covering government and business topics ranging from white-collar crime and terrorist financing networks to the automotive, housing and tech industries. He's previously written for The New York Times, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and other news outlets, dating back to his first job covering the Missouri statehouse for the Joplin Globe.
Kessler was a 2014 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business & Economics Journalism - a program for seasoned reporters to spend a year taking MBA coursework at Columbia Business School. His reporting has won numerous national and regional awards, and Kessler has twice been a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award, business journalism's highest honor. He was part of a 2016 team whose stories on corruption at a Veterans Administration hospital won a regional Emmy award for investigative reporting.
Kessler is a frequent speaker and trainer at events held by journalism organizations such as Investigative Reporting and Editors and Boston University's Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. He also teaches a data journalism course at The George Washington University. Kessler has master's degrees from both the University of Missouri and Columbia University, and did his undergraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis.