Deseret News political editor Bob Bernick Jr. and reporter Lee Davidson headed for New Orleans Saturday to cover the Republican National Convention.

The pair will follow Utah's 26 delegates and 26 alternates and will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of all the hoopla and color of the four-day convention's speeches, platform debates, votes and social events.

Bernick has worked at the Deseret News for 12 years covering beats ranging from City Hall to the Legislature. He has been political editor for two years covering major political races and developments in the state.

Davidson, who will become the newspaper's Washington correspondent this fall, has worked at the paper for six years, most recently concentrating on investigative projects and the Legislature. He is covering the Jim Hansen-Gunn McKay 1st Congressional District race this year.