I’m Mackenzie Wilkes, a journalist from North Carolina. I do data-driven reporting on politics and policy with a particular interest on how demographics are shaped by policy decisions. Currently, I’m a fellow at POLITICO where I’ve covered breaking news, education policy, and the 2022 midterm elections.
At the heart of my work is people — I strive to capture the nuances and complexities of different communities. I’m always curious about how policy affects people, especially the implications it has on equity.
Previously, I was a politics intern at FiveThirtyEight where I contributed to reports on polling and redistricting. I also investigated federal aid to Indigenous communities as an investigative reporting fellow with Carnegie-Knight News21. An Elon University graduate, I served as Executive Director of Elon News Network where I managed our digital platforms.