Henry J. Gomez is the award-winning chief political reporter for Northeast Ohio Media Group. His coverage appears regularly in The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest daily newspaper, and on cleveland.com.

Gomez anchored The Plain Dealer’s coverage of the 2012 presidential race as it played out in one of the nation’s top battleground states. He also contributed heavily to the newspaper’s coverage of the closely watched Senate race between incumbent Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel and of the congressional race that pitted incumbent Democrats Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich against each other.

Gomez is a regular guest on “Between the Lines,” a weekly public affairs program that airs on Cleveland’s NBC affiliate, and on “Feagler & Friends,” which airs on the city’s PBS affiliate. His political stories and commentary also have been featured on National Public Radio, CNN and MSNBC.

Before taking over the politics beat in September 2011, Gomez routinely broke stories about corruption and dysfunction in Cuyahoga County government. He also covered Cleveland City Hall and spent a year as an investigative reporter, co-authoring a series of award-winning articles on police brutality in Cleveland. That coverage preceded the U.S. Justice Department’s launch of a probe into the police department’s practices.

Gomez also has experience as a business writer, having covered the advertising and retail industries for Crain’s Cleveland Business and the information-technology and real estate sectors for The Plain Dealer.

Past newspaper jobs include The Tribune-Chronicle, in Warren, Ohio; The Indianapolis Star, where he was a Pulliam Fellow in 2002; and The Sacramento Bee, where he interned during the summer of 2003.

He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and a graduate of Youngstown State University.