By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Allentown, Pa., and Fairbanks, Alaska
Political party: Nonpartisan
Relationship status: Boyfriend
Libby Casey’s arrival in Washington four years ago as a correspondent for Alaska Public Radio was “baptism by fire.”
She was only two days into her new job when then-Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was indicted.
She barely knew her way around the city at that point. Casey remembers being in the Rayburn House Office Building when an editor called with the news.
The hits kept coming for Casey, who is now a producer and host of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Soon after the Stevens story broke, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced that then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) would be his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.
All this, and Casey was also dealing with an Alaskan wardrobe. She had only two suits when she arrived in Washington.
Friends staged clothing “interventions” to make her look more “lower 48” when she began appearing as a guest host on C-SPAN three years ago.
Casey went to Alaska for a summer as a 20-year-old backpacker before making it her home for more than 10 years. Now as a Washingtonian, she goes to barre and yoga classes, walks all around the city, drinks lots of water and eats vegetables from her own garden.
Casey also likes to try new things, which have included trapeze flying on the waterfront, hot yoga on Capitol Hill and rock climbing in Alexandria.
“When I work out I want to also have fun,” she says.
She says she has fully transformed into the “Washington version of Libby.”
— Geneva Sands