Let’s pause for a second and get to know each other better.
My byline is “Madison Alder” but my friends call me “Madi.” I grew up in Seattle telling stories and getting lost in them. Since then, not much has changed — except now I live in Arlington, Virginia, I’m a little better at telling stories, and I enjoy getting lost in more complex ones.
Somewhere in between my changes of scenery I picked up the guitar and realized it could do a lot of the talking for me. Ever since, my spare time has been filled with learning, writing, and playing music.
I am currently a reporter covering employee benefits and compensation for Bloomberg Law and a proud graduate of The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
I've held a number of titles like "breaking news reporter," "copy-editor," "Washington correspondent," "fact-checker," and "managing editor," but my favorite is "amateur coffee connoisseur." If I'm not reporting, eating, or sleeping, there's a good chance I'm bouncing from coffee shop to coffee shop in search of the perfect cup.
The U.S. Supreme Court is one of my favorite obsessions. I love learning as much as I can about the justices, the history of the court, and the complex issues it confronts.
I’m a bit of a news junkie and nerd. I like dad jokes, funny socks and I am religious about my TV shows (see Game of Thrones, Gilmore Girls, Jeopardy, and The Office).
I live by a single quote: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Whether it's breaking the ice or moving across the country, I push myself to do the things that make me uncomfortable -- things I know, if done, will be for the better.
It is with that I leave you. You may return to your perusing.