Jimmy Vielkind was the founding member of POLITICO New York's state Capitol bureau and was named bureau chief in November, 2013, when the operation was still known as Capital New York. He has been reporting on state government and politics since 2008, first as a correspondent for the New York Observer and later for the Albany Times Union. Vielkind also covered breaking news and Brooklyn for the New York Daily News while a college student, and spent his first year after graduation as the nighttime police reporter for the Times Union.
At POLITICO, Vielkind coordinates the largest bureau at the Capitol and reports and writes articles and analyses state politics. He has been a regular contributor to POLITICO New York's magazine and a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including public broadcasting's New York Now, WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, WCBS 880-AM and Time Warner Cable News' Capital Tonight.
A native of the Albany suburb of Clifton Park, Vielkind now lives with his wife and two daughters in Delmar, N.Y. He has bachelor's degree in urban studies from Columbia University (2007) and a master's degree in urban and regional planning from SUNY Albany (2012).
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