One of the most recent additions to the House of Cards cast, Kim Dickens, plays Kate Baldwin, the chief political reporter of the Wall Street Telegraph. She replaces Sayyad at the White House after Seth Grayson dismisses Sayyad for protocol violations. (seasons 3–5) Having worked at The Washington Post, New York Times and CNN, Dickens brings authenticity to her role as one of the country’s leading reporters. She has also worked in print journalism, so it’s clear she knows what she’s talking about in terms of news reporting.
Introducing Kate Baldwin
Kim Dickens joined House of Cards season 3 in an intriguing new role — that of chief political reporter for The Wall Street Telegraph (an imagined newspaper). She replaces Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) after Zoe is murdered by Frank Underwood’s administration to stop her from writing a negative story about Frank’s economic policies. The journalist maintains her job at The Telegraph through season 5, despite various attempts by both Frank and Claire Underwood to personally influence her reporting on their lives.
Three key episodes featuring Kate
in season three’s No More Blood when she had to break a story on Russians hacking into their government systems, in season four’s The Fall when she was captured by Russian mercenaries while reporting on an illegal arms deal gone bad and in season five’s Fear Itself when she becomes a whistle blower who helps Milo and Mike uncover a terrorist plot involving drones with nerve gas that were sold to Yemen. (seasons 3–5)
Further analysis of three key episodes featuring Kate
in Season 3’s Bullies she is embarrassed by Jim Quinn; in Season 4’s Man of God she breaks protocol to report on a story by herself; and in Season 5’s Nocturne her personal life is connected to that of Zoe Barnes. A few lines on each episode should suffice.