About 

  • Katelyn Polantz is a CNN senior writer based in Washington, DC. She joined the network in 2017 to cover Justice and crime, with a focus on court actions.

    Before joining CNN, Polantz reported on the economics of large corporate law firms and DC's community of lawyers for American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal. There, she wrote extensively about lobbying, white collar and regulatory legal practices and oversaw data-centric special reports.

    Polantz previously produced live broadcast interviews and online features for the PBS NewsHour, where she contributed to coverage of the 2012 presidential election cycle and of two landmark Supreme Court terms. Earlier in her career, she wrote about farms, schools and local governments in southwestern Virginia for the Roanoke Times.

    She grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She is an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh and its student newspaper, The Pitt News.