Carla Marinucci, POLITICO’s California Playbook reporter, has been consistently named one of California’s leading political writers and top political bloggers. Prior to joining POLITICO, Marinucci was senior political writer for the Hearst flagship San Francisco Chronicle, and before that for the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. She has covered presidential elections since 1996, and six California gubernatorial elections, including the historic recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the administrations of four California governors. In 2013, she was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with a lifetime achievement award for her coverage of California politics. Internationally, she has covered major developments including the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the opening of business markets in China to the U.S. in the 1980s, border politics including the visits of U.S. Presidents and California governors to Mexico. As an award-winning investigative reporter at both the Chronicle and the Examiner, she reported on a wide range of issues including the abuse of immigrant laborers in California, and the rise of drug trafficking and organized crime in Oakland and the Bay Area, including the Hells Angels. She has been named a Casey Journalism Fellow at the University of Maryland and has been twice honored as a Media Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.