Eric Bradner is a reporter for CNN Politics, tracking 2016's presidential race, hot statewide campaigns, Capitol Hill and breaking news stories. He writes CNN Politics' nightly newsletter Nightcap.

    He comes to CNN after covering international trade -- including President Barack Obama's efforts to negotiate massive new deals with the Asia-Pacific and the European Union -- at POLITICO. Bradner learned politics while tracking Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence as the Indiana Statehouse bureau chief for the Evansville Courier & Press. His four-year stint in Indianapolis included reporting on fights over labor rights and education reforms, as well as several House and Senate campaigns, not to mention Super Bowl XLVI.

    Bradner cut his teeth in journalism covering a triple-murder and the nationwide manhunt that ensued in an internship with the Courier & Press. He later covered cops and courts and wrote about ex-felons' voting rights during a summer at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.

    Bradner was born in Louisville, Ky. and grew up in the nearby Southern Indiana town of Greenville. He now lives in the Washington, D.C. area, but maintains his rabid Louisville basketball allegiance.