Natasha Korecki is an American journalist and National Correspondent with POLITICO. She covers the 2020 presidential campaign and Joe Biden. Korecki also covers Midwest issues for the publication. In 2019, Korecki was inducted into the Hall of Fame of political reporters for the University of Illinois at Springfield. She has won numerous state and national awards, including First Place in Deadline Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a Livingston Award Finalist.
In 2015, she was hired by POLITICO to report on Illinois policy and politics. She helped launch POLITICO's Illinois Playbook, a daily tipsheet she authors each morning, Monday through Friday. She formerly covered politics for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Before taking on the political beat at the Sun-Times, she covered federal court for eight years, including the trials of two former governors -- Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan. Before that, Korecki, whose parents are immigrants from Argentina, led a major immigration project at the Daily Herald, involving extensive reporting in Mexico and on the U.S.-Mexico border.
After graduating the University of Illinois, she worked as a reporter and legal affairs writer for the Daily Herald. Beginnining in 2004, she covered federal courts for the Chicago Sun-Times. She covered high-profile trials of Rod Blagojevich, George Ryan, Tony Rezko, Conrad Black, Matthew F. Hale, and others. The "Blago" affair is covered in her 2012 book, Only in Chicago. In July 2012 she was reassigned to cover politics, succeeding Abdon Pallasch.
- "Illinois". Politico PRO. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Feder, Robert (8 September 2015). "Sun-Times' Natasha Korecki joins Politico". Robert Feder. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "Illinois Playbook". POLITICO. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Natasha Korecki, "Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; and Enthralled the Nation" 2012, ISBN 9781572844254
- Feder, Robert (26 April 2016). "Robservations: Gannett bid refigures Chicago media equation". Robert Feder. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Tolchin, Martin; Tolchin, Susan J. (2011). Pinstripe patronage: political favoritism from the clubhouse to the White house and beyond. Paradigm Publishers. p. 19. ISBN 9781594515927. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- "With Blago book on the docket, Korecki shifts to politics", by Robert Feder Jul 29, 2012, accessed November 19, 2012