Washington Bureau Chief
Jacqueline Policastro created the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in 2014. She’s covered Congress and the White House for more than 15 years.
Jacqueline leads a team of reporters who provide daily, hyper-local coverage of Congress, the White House, and campaigns for Gray TV stations in 113 markets across the country. The stations collectively reach 36% of U.S. television households.
Jacqueline has conducted one-on-one and exclusive interviews with President Joe Biden (as vice president), President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and dozens of cabinet members since the George W. Bush administration. She has also interviewed countless high-profile lawmakers in Congress.
Jacqueline has reported on the ground during every presidential campaign since 2004. Some of the major political events she has covered include the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, presidential primaries and debates, election nights, and inaugurations. Jacqueline has also reported on impactful Supreme Court decisions.
She covered two papal visits to Washington: Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 and Pope Francis in 2015. She has also traveled to cover four G20 summits: Pittsburgh (2009), Mexico (2012), Russia (2013), and Australia (2014).
Jacqueline launched her first DC Bureau under Lilly Broadcasting as a one-woman-band in 2007. She also worked as a breaking news reporter and anchor at CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis, IN, as an evening anchor at CBS affiliate WSEE-TV in Erie, PA, and as a producer at Associated Press Television in Washington, DC.
Jacqueline has served as a Kneeland Fellow, Paul Miller Washington Fellow, NAB Professional Fellow, and as a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. She is a member of the Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and has served as an executive board member of the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association.
Jacqueline graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. She attended BU’s Sydney, Australia and Washington, DC journalism programs.
She is originally from New Jersey, and now lives with her husband and children in Washington, DC.