Gaspard Le Dem

Gaspard Le Dem

Gaspard Le Dem has worked in a wide array of newsrooms –– from print to broadcast, local to international. The best stories, in his opinion, always have one thing in common: they’re focused on people. Whether he’s reporting on Congress or local politics, he always keeps in mind that news should give people a voice. Before joining The Well, he worked at a local paper in Washington D.C., at a financial publication on Wall Street, and at a French newswire with bureaus across the world. If he’s not chasing down a source, you may find him making black-and-white prints in his darkroom or playing blues on his guitar.


Recent Work

June 2, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem
Civil Rights Coalition Urges Quick Action On “Systemic” Police Brutality

WASHINGTON - A coalition of hundreds of national civil rights organizations urged Congress on Monday to address systemic police violence... Read More

WASHINGTON - A coalition of hundreds of national civil rights organizations urged Congress on Monday to address systemic police violence against African-American people in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis last week. In a letter co-signed by... Read More

June 2, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem
DC Residents Set To Vote Tuesday Amid Pandemic and Social Unrest

WASHINGTON - Polls are set to open on Tuesday for the District of Columbia’s primary election despite ongoing civil unrest... Read More

WASHINGTON - Polls are set to open on Tuesday for the District of Columbia’s primary election despite ongoing civil unrest and a lingering coronavirus outbreak in the nation’s capital. For the past three nights, the District has been rocked by violent clashes between police and demonstrators... Read More

June 1, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem
D.C. Drops Speed Limit to 20 MPH On Local Roads to Combat Reckless Driving

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Friday that the default speed limit on local D.C. roads... Read More

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Friday that the default speed limit on local D.C. roads will be lowered from 25 to 20 mph. The decision to lower the speed limit was prompted by an uptick in speeding on D.C. roads during... Read More

May 29, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem
State Legislatures Are Increasingly Looking To Take The Lead On Immigration

WASHINGTON - In the past decade, many U.S. states have faced labor shortages that have placed a financial strain on... Read More

WASHINGTON - In the past decade, many U.S. states have faced labor shortages that have placed a financial strain on local businesses and economies.  With fewer skilled immigrants entering the country and young people losing interest in blue-collar jobs, key industries like construction, health care, and... Read More

May 28, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem
FCC Commissioner Says Lack Of Broadband Access Amid Pandemic Is ‘A National Disaster’

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic has reignited a longstanding debate on the issue of unequal access to broadband internet in... Read More

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic has reignited a longstanding debate on the issue of unequal access to broadband internet in America, also known as the “digital divide.” With thousands of businesses shut down, having access to a reliable internet connection is critical -- whether it’s to... Read More

May 27, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem
CBO Report Says Federal Highway Fund Could Go Broke In 2022

WASHINGTON - Federal funding for U.S. highway projects could soon run out, according to a new report by the Congressional... Read More

WASHINGTON - Federal funding for U.S. highway projects could soon run out, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan agency that gives lawmakers advice on economic and budgetary matters. The Highway Trust Fund -- a government funding pool that helps states... Read More

May 27, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem
Poll Shows Trump Has Large Favorability Gap With Women

New polling shows that a majority of female Trump supporters in 2016 who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19... Read More

New polling shows that a majority of female Trump supporters in 2016 who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic would vote for him again, however, 48% of women still hold a very unfavorable view of him as opposed to  31% very unfavorable for Biden. ... Read More

May 22, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem
Advocates Urge Stricter Standards For Particulate Pollution At EPA Hearing

WASHINGTON - Advocates called on the Environmental Protection Agency to raise its standards on particle pollution -- also known as... Read More

WASHINGTON - Advocates called on the Environmental Protection Agency to raise its standards on particle pollution -- also known as soot or PM2.5 -- at a public hearing on Thursday held by phone due to the coronavirus crisis. In April, the EPA announced it did not... Read More

May 21, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem
Dam Disaster Raises Concerns Communities Not Prepared For “Rough” Hurricane Season

Thousands of Michigan residents were forced to evacuate their homes on Wednesday after heavy rains caused two dams to fail... Read More

Thousands of Michigan residents were forced to evacuate their homes on Wednesday after heavy rains caused two dams to fail in Midland county, about 120 miles northwest of the city of Detroit. The breaches of the Edenville and Sanford Dams sent a deluge of water into... Read More

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