Fred Lucas, who has covered the presidency and national politics from Washington for almost a decade, this week joined The Daily Signal as White House correspondent.

“As we mark the second anniversary of @TheDailySignal, I’m delighted to expand our reporting team with @FredLucasWH,” @RobertBluey says.

The addition of Lucas, who is an independent contractor, comes as The Daily Signal celebrates its second anniversary as the multimedia news organization of The Heritage Foundation.

Lucas previously was White House correspondent for TheBlaze since August 2013 and worked as a reporter at CNS News for nearly seven years, five of them covering the White House. He covered the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential races, traveling to early primary states and reporting from party conventions.

“As we mark the second anniversary of The Daily Signal, I’m delighted to expand our reporting team with the addition of Fred Lucas,” Editor-in-Chief Rob Bluey said. “His presence at the White House will allow The Daily Signal to cover all three branches of government more effectively.”

Lucas will continue to contribute to and Political Storm. He was a contributing editor at Townhall Magazine from 2010 to 2013 and has written for The Weekly Standard, Human Events, and The American Spectator.

He is the author of the books “Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections” (Stairway Press, 2016) and “The Right Frequency: The Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment” (History Publishing, 2012).

“I’m really excited about delving into the policies of the remaining months of the Obama administration and into the next presidential administration for The Daily Signal, which does a great job of looking past the daily politics of the Beltway and at the issues that affect Americans,” Lucas said.

Lucas covered state politics for The News-Times in Danbury, Connecticut, from 2003 to 2007, including the imminent impeachment and resignation of Gov. John G. Rowland amid corruption charges in 2004. Before that, he covered state and city government for The State Journal in Frankfort, Kentucky, for nearly two years. His work there won four first-place journalism awards. His first full-time job as a journalist was as a city hall reporter for the Iowa City Press-Citizen in 2000.

“Fred’s commitment to high-quality journalism makes him a great fit for our team of news reporters,” Bluey said. “The Daily Signal is dedicated to original, insightful, and credible reporting on the most important policy issues of the day. We’re excited to have Fred help us achieve that mission.”

Lucas held various reporting and editing jobs, including managing editor, at Western Kentucky University’s student newspaper. He later interned at the Lexington Herald-Leader, Bloomberg News, and The Washington Times.

Lucas was born and grew up in London, Kentucky, a small town between Knoxville and Lexington. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Western Kentucky University.

He and his wife, Basia, reside in Alexandria, Virginia, with their dog, Jake.