Ilyse Veron is the off air media reporter for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as well as a freelance writer and editor. She has been reporting and producing NewsHour segments from Washington DC and around the country for nearly seven years. In 1995 Veron was hired to cover the 1996 campaign as well as education, one of the public's biggest campaign concerns. Veron later moved to the national affairs/economics beat to cover the budget, taxes and other financial and cultural stories. While working that beat, she received an Emmy award for her work on a 1997 series about the United States Justice Department's case against Microsoft. A few months later, Veron helped found the now nationally recognized NewsHour Media Unit and subsequently began overseeing content produced for Media Watch online in addition to reporting on the media business for the broadcast. Veron also has written for Wired magazine and has provided analysis about the industry for the nonpartisan Center for Media & Public Affairs as well as other academic institutions.
Prior to joining the NewsHour team, Veron served as principal researcher and an editorial partner on The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point by Haynes Johnson and David Broder. The book about the Clinton's battle for their health insurance plan was heralded as an intimate portrait of politics and is still used in college classrooms today. Before the book project, Veron worked for Congressional Quarterly's Weekly Report, Congressional Monitor and contributed to Politics in America and the Scripps Howard News Service. She graduated with honors from Yale University with a BA in American Studies and later served in Washington DC as the Yale-Brookings Institution Intern in Governmental Studies.