Alison Gerber: Reporter is Washington bound

At a time when many newspapers are scaling back coverage and closing bureaus, the Times Free Press is doing something to buck the trend. We're sending a reporter to Washington, D.C. and reopening the bureau we closed there in 2008.

Reporter Chris Carroll, who covers politics for the newspaper, moves to Washington this week. And, while D.C. reporters are notorious for practicing "pack journalism," where everyone follows the herd to the biggest story of the day, Carroll won't be following anyone. That's not his nature nor his assignment.

He'll be there to cover Washington through the lens of what readers in Tennessee and Georgia care about and report on the states' congressional delegations. And this is a good moment in time to do that.

After all, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker from Tennessee frequently finds himself on the national stage.