Staff reporter John McKinnon covers tax and fiscal policy issues for the Wall Street Journal.
He previously covered the White House during President George W. Bush’s second term. From 1999 through late 2004, McKinnon covered Treasury and budget issues, as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He reported from Florida for six weeks as part of the Journal’s coverage of the 2000 presidential election recount. He helped in the paper’s coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and their aftermath.
McKinnon originally joined the Journal as a reporter for the Florida regional edition in 1997, based in Tallahassee. He joined the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal as a reporter in November 1999.
Previously he was a writer and columnist for the Miami Herald, and was Tallahassee editor of Florida Trend magazine. He worked for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times from 1984 to 1992, in Tampa Bay and Tallahassee. He began his journalism career at the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
A North Carolina native, McKinnon earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service for one year. He received his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina's School of Law at Chapel Hill.