Elaine S. Povich covers tax and budget issues for Stateline. Povich has reported for Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and United Press International. She also covered taxes and government finances as a freelancer for The Fiscal Times, Governing, AOL Government, Kiplinger and AARP Bulletin magazine. She has written three books and is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland. Povich received the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for her work on how the personal health care stories of members of Congress affect policy. She is a past president of the Washington Press Club Foundation, which helps young women and minorities excel in the field of journalism through internships in Washington, D.C. A native of Bath, Maine, Povich graduated from Cornell University.