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State policies directly affect people’s daily lives, and state-level political battles shape the national landscape. But in many state capitals, too many stories go underreported or unreported. There’s a void in our news ecosystem and it’s only growing.

While traditional news coverage of national politics has increased in recent years, those successes are isolated to a few major outlets. State coverage continues to shrink:

  • Newsroom employment in the U.S. fell 25% between 2008 and 2018, with a 47% decline at newspapers, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center report. 
  • Only 30 percent of newspapers have anyone assigned to cover their statehouses, and students working part-time account for 14 percent of those covering the capitals, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center study. 
  • And, The Boston Globe reported that the newspaper industry has lost an average of one thousand jobs per month in recent years. 

As a result, there are fewer eyes on state government, with real consequences for real people. 

States Newsroom is bucking that trend: we now employ more than 95 full-time editors, reporters, and support staff in 23 states across the country. States Newsroom has established a new, philanthropic business model that focuses on state politics and policy. Our model is different: it is entirely made possible by donors of all sizes and unlike virtually every other for-profit and nonprofit media outlet, we don’t run ads of any kind or accept corporate donations or underwriting. Read more about our funding.

We believe that no matter who you are or where you live, you need access to high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues of our time. We provide leading reporters and editors with the resources they need to cover their communities. 

States Newsroom is a network of affiliates we created and independent partner news sites that we support. Every newsroom is led by a veteran local journalist with deep knowledge of the state’s political history and media landscape who oversees a staff of experienced capital reporters. Our Washington, D.C., bureau reports on congressional delegations and key Supreme Court and administrative decisions that affect the states. Read our ethics policy.

States Newsroom is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit with offices in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Washington, D.C. All donations to States Newsroom affiliates and partners are tax-deductible.

Meet The Staff

Director and Publisher

Chris Fitzsimon

Chris oversees the content and themes of the organization, managing financial resources, and supervising the state editors. He also travels frequently to hire and visit editors and grantees and appears weekly on the TV political talk show NC SPIN.

From 2004 to 2017, Fitzsimon was the founder and original director of NC Policy Watch, North Carolina's leading online news and commentary outlet, where he led a team of seven journalists, hosted a weekly radio show and wrote a syndicated column on North Carolina politics and government.

Fitzsimon was also the founder and director of Common Sense Foundation, a progressive think tank in Raleigh. From 1991 to 1994, he was the spokesperson, speech writer and policy adviser for N.C. Speaker of the House Dan Blue. Before his stint with Speaker Blue, Fitzsimon was an award-winning television news reporter covering politics and government.

Deputy Director

Andrea Verykoukis

Andrea is the former Communications Director for Public Schools First NC, a statewide education advocacy organization, and a longtime contributor to NC Policy Watch’s blog. She and Chris worked together (many) years ago to quantify the dearth of state political coverage on capital area TV news, a project that helped inspire the creation of NC Policy Watch and later States Newsroom. She plays a long game.

Between stints in the political and journalism worlds, Andrea raised two kids and volunteered for auctions, boards, fundraisers, and as a reading tutor for underprivileged students in Durham and Chapel Hill. Supporting Chris’s work as publisher, Andrea travels regularly to develop leads for editors and reporters in the states and manages day-to-day functions in States Newsroom.

National Editor

Mary Cornatzer

Mary works with the state editors to maintain editorial standards, expand the reach of each state’s reporting and commentary, and advise on cross-outlet projects. She also provides editorial support and works with Chris and Andrea on States Newsroom's growth.

Before coming to States Newsroom, Mary was a longtime reporter and editor at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., where she was at various times responsible for business and political coverage. In another lifetime (before she became a mom), Mary was also The N&O's music critic.

National Editor

Andrea Shaw

Andrea works with the state editors to maintain editorial standards, expand the reach of each state’s reporting and commentary, and advise on cross-outlet projects.

Andrea Shaw is a North Carolina native who spent 23 years at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans as senior editor, reporter and bureau chief. She was part of the team of journalists awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2006 after chronicling Hurricane Katrina and its deadly, chaotic aftermath. Before heading south to New Orleans, Andrea was city editor of The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va. Her work there was recognized by the Virginia Press Association and the Virginia Bar Association.

Andrea’s journey began as a cub reporter covering farming, the military and education at the Fayetteville Observer-Times. She won a New York Times Chairman’s Award for reporting while working at the Morning Star in Wilmington.

National Editor

Sean Scully

Sean works with the state editors, primarily in the West, to maintain editorial standards and expand the reach of each state’s reporting and commentary.

A Virginia native, Sean has been in journalism for more than 30 years in a variety of roles and locations. Most recently he was editor and director of news content for the Napa Valley Register, where he worked relentlessly to protect local news coverage in the face of sweeping changes in the newspaper industry. Previously he worked as a reporter at the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, Ca; editor of the Weekly Calistogan, the local newspaper in the town where he and his family now live; at daily papers in VA and MD; and at the Washington Times. His work has also appeared in Time and People magazine, among other publications.

Operations Director

Breanne Porter

Breanne oversees personnel, finance, and systems management for States Newsroom. Her responsibilities include interfacing with third-party vendors, arranging and managing lease agreements and contractors, conducting financial analyses, and maintaining monthly budget tracking.

Before coming to States Newsroom, she worked at Arabella Advisors, LLC, where she provided operational, programmatic, financial, and business development support for a portfolio of fiscally sponsored nonprofit projects. Her portfolio focused on policy and advocacy issues such as healthcare and tax reform, civic engagement, and access to education research and resources.

Breanne has a BA in political science from Yale University, where she earned distinction in the political science major and served on the executive board for the Yale Mock Trial Association.

Media Administrative Coordinator

Dustin Burleson

Dustin provides administrative support for States Newsroom centered around invoicing, analytics, research and special projects. He has an eye for detail, an appreciation for aesthetics, and a passion for process design.

Before coming to States Newsroom, he worked in higher education where he provided administrative and internal communications support for the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School MBA Program and the Design Lab for K-12 Education at the NC State College of Design.

Dustin has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in General Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a student, he served on the Yackety Yack yearbook staff and was a member of Carolina Union Activities Board. Go Heels!

HR/Operations Assistant

Tonya Khakazi

Tonya provides support to The HR and Operations Departments of States Newsroom. Among her duties are maintaining employee files, managing HR Inquiries, processing expense requests, and serving as an assistant to the Operations Director.

Before coming to States Newsroom, she worked in the hospitality industry as a Trainer and Manager, where she encouraged employee engagement and provided ongoing support.

Tonya is a mom, plant mom, a native of Philadelphia, and earned her BFA in Jazz Voice & Business from Howard University in Washington, DC.

Digital Director

Nelle Dunlap

Nelle manages digital projects, exploring new ways to expand the reach and engagement of each state’s reporting and commentary. This includes outlet launches and training, audience development, and building strategies for multimedia storytelling.

Nelle spent several years as the New Media Director for NC Policy Watch; prior to that, she worked primarily in education and art/design spaces. She currently serves on the boards of two NC-based arts organizations: the Durham Art Guild and School of the Alternative.

Nelle has a Community Arts MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Graphic Design BFA from the University of Iowa. As a student, she was graphics editor of the Daily Iowan student paper and had an internship at Bloomberg News.

Principal Engineer

Joe Wright

Joe supports States Newsroom by developing modern and responsive code for web, building custom software solutions to solve business needs, administering web servers and security, continuously implementing best modern practices in strategic SEO, and providing technical support and assistance.

Before joining the team at States Newsroom, he worked with a variety of tech startups across several industries to build web presences and software, turning big ideas into realities.

Joe holds a 20th Century Literature MA from North Carolina State University, as well as a BS in Engineering and a BA in English from the same.

Digital Project Coordinator

Mary-Kate Murphy

Mary-Kate supports editors and reporters with day-to-day publishing needs, manages website launches, provides digital onboarding of new media outlets, maintains the health of newsletters, manages rollout of training tutorials, and supports in design and graphics.

Before joining the team at the States Newsroom, she spent 7 years as an Elementary School teacher advocating for multicultural education, social justice, and equity in curriculum and classrooms. Prior to that she taught overseas for two years. One year in Yilan, Taiwan as an English Teaching Assistant through the Fulbright Program, and another year teaching English in Valladolid, Spain through a program with the Spanish government.

Mary-Kate holds a Masters in Education from Roger Williams University, as well as a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Cognitive Science and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Central Florida.

National Newsletter Editor/Producer

Emily Dobler Siddiqi

Emily Dobler Siddiqi works with the national and digital teams to maintain the News From The States homepage and produce a daily newsletter that analyzes the top trends and themes emerging from the states.

She's currently based in Baltimore. Emily previously served as a night policy editor and a deputy production director for POLITICO Pro, the publication's subscription service, in Washington, D.C. Before that, she was a copy editor and front-page designer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Originally from New York, she attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

National Newsletter Author

Kate Elizabeth Queram

Kate is the author of the News From The States Evening Wrap, a daily newsletter that analyzes the top trends and themes emerging in news from the states. She’s based in Washington, D.C.

Kate is a recovering newspaper reporter who most recently worked as a senior correspondent for Route Fifty, a Washington, D.C.-based publication that covers state and local government. Her work has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association and the North Carolina Press Association. A native Wisconsinite, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland. She lives in the burbs with her husband, twin toddlers, three pets and zero personal space.

Democracy Reporter

Kira Lerner

Kira is the democracy reporter for States Newsroom where she covers voting, elections, redistricting, and efforts to subvert democracy.

Before joining States Newsroom, Kira was managing editor of Votebeat, a pop-up newsroom launched to cover election administration and voting before and after the 2020 election. She has also covered voting rights, criminal justice, and civil rights issues for outlets including The Appeal and ThinkProgress. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, Slate, and Talking Points Memo, among other outlets.

Kira has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.

DC Bureau

DC Bureau Chief

Jane Norman

Jane directs national coverage, managing staff and freelance reporters in the nation’s capital and assigning and editing state-specific daily and enterprise stories.

Before coming to States Newsroom, she was the editor for national education policy and the congressional budget and appropriations process for POLITICO.

A native of Illinois, Jane earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Drake University in Des Moines and landed her first job at The Des Moines Tribune, which shut down a year later. Switching to the sister paper, The Des Moines Register, she covered everything from small-town city councils to the Iowa Statehouse to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Jane then moved to the Register’s Washington bureau, where for 20 years she followed the Iowa congressional delegation and wrote the “Potomac Fever” weekly column. In 2009, she joined CQ Roll Call, where she was a reporter and editor for eight years.

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Before joining States Newsroom, Jacob was a national reporter for CQ Roll Call, where he covered state policy trends and federal-state relations. He also wrote about transportation and infrastructure policy on Capitol Hill for CQRC. He began his career covering local government for The Monitor newspaper in McAllen, Texas.

Originally from Minneapolis, Jacob has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

DC Bureau Reporter

Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.

Before joining States Newsroom, Ariana covered public health and chemical policy on Capitol Hill for E&E News. As a Florida native, she's worked for the Miami Herald and her hometown paper, the Tampa Bay Times. Her work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune and NPR.

She is a graduate of the University of Florida.

Newsroom Editors

Arizona Mirror

Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.

Colorado Newsline

Quentin Young

Quentin Young is an award-winning journalist who has served as a reporter and editor at the Boulder Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call and other Colorado outlets. His career includes stints covering news, writing editorials, and reviewing art exhibitions and theater. His in-depth story, published in 5280, about the FBI special agent who led a raid on the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant earned top investigative reporting honors from the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Before joining Newsline, Young served as the Boulder Daily Camera opinion page editor.

Florida Phoenix

Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

Georgia Recorder

John McCosh

John McCosh is a seasoned writer and editor with decades of experience in journalism and government public affairs. His skills were forged in Georgia newsrooms, where he was a business and investigative reporter, editor and bureau chief. He expanded his experience during years in nonprofit and corporate communications roles. For more than a decade at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McCosh investigated state and local government officials and operations. He also tracked regional growth and development with a focus on metro Atlanta’s population-related problems, including traffic congestion, air pollution and water quality. He first learned the power of public records to unlock information when he was a commercial real estate reporter at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. McCosh is a board member of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and active in the Georgia State Signal Alumni Group, which advises student journalists.

Idaho Capital Sun

Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism. She has 14 writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Idaho Press Club and UISAPA, including first-place writing awards for general reporting, column writing and editorial writing.

Iowa Capital Dispatch

Kathie Obradovich

Editor Kathie Obradovich has been covering Iowa government and politics for more than 30 years, most recently as political columnist and opinion editor for the Des Moines Register. She previously covered the Iowa Statehouse for 10 years for newspapers in Davenport, Waterloo, Sioux City, Mason City and Muscatine. She is a leading voice on Iowa politics and makes regular appearances on state, national and international news programs. She has led national-award-winning coverage of the Iowa Caucuses and the Register’s Iowa Poll.

Kansas Reflector

Sherman Smith

Sherman Smith has written award-winning news stories about the instability of the Kansas foster care system, misconduct by government officials, sexual abuse, technology, education, and the Legislature. He spent 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal, where he started on the copy desk, then oversaw digital operations, was the managing editor and reported from the Statehouse. A lifelong Kansan, he graduated from Emporia State University in 2004 as a Shepherd Scholar with a degree in English.

Louisiana Illuminator

Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose has covered news for more than 30 years in Louisiana. Before coming to the Louisiana Illuminator, he was the chief investigative reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He previously led the government and politics team for The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com, and was editor in chief at New Orleans CityBusiness. Greg's other career stops include Tiger Rag, South Baton Rouge Journal, the Covington News Banner, Louisiana Radio Network and multiple radio stations.

Maine Beacon (Partner)

Lauren McCauley

Lauren McCauley is Editor of Maine Beacon. Previously, she was a senior editor at Common Dreams covering national and international politics and progressive news. Lauren also helped produce a number of documentary films, including the award-winning Soundtrack for a Revolution and The Hollywood Complex, as well as one currently in production about civil rights icon James Meredith. Her writing has been featured on Newsweek, BillMoyers.com, TruthDig, Truthout, In These Times,and Extra! the newsletter of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. She currently lives in Kennebunk, Maine with her husband, two children, a dog and several chickens.

Maryland Matters (Partner)

Danielle E. Gaines

Danielle Gaines covered government and politics for Maryland Matters for two years before moving into an editing position. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post ― as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at The Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.

Michigan Advance

Susan Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 20-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.”

Minnesota Reformer

Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican is Editor-in-Chief of Minnesota Reformer. Previously, he was a Capitol reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for five years, after a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan and time at the Las Vegas Sun, Seattle Times and a few other stops along the way. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and son where they are restoring a 135 year old home. He has been to 48 Phish concerts and is not ashamed.

Missouri Independent

Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock has been writing about Missouri since 2011, most recently as lead political reporter for The Kansas City Star. He has spent nearly two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest, and has a track record of exposing government wrongdoing and holding elected officials accountable.

Daily Montanan

Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan, after leading his native state’s largest paper, The Billings Gazette. He is an award-winning journalist, author, historian and teacher, whose career has taken him to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, and Wyoming. With Darrell at the helm, the Gazette staff took Montana’s top newspaper award six times in seven years.

Darrell’s books include writing the historical chapters of “Billings Memories” Volumes I-III, and “It Happened in Minnesota.” He has taught journalism at Winona State University and Montana State University-Billings, and has served on the student publications board of the University of Wyoming.

Nebraska Examiner

Cate Folsom

Editor-in-Chief Cate Folsom has more than 40 years of experience in daily journalism, spending the bulk of that time at the Omaha World-Herald. She worked in various roles, including features writer, copy editor, Washington Bureau reporter, assistant city editor, investigative team editor, metro-regional editor and editorial page editor. She has led numerous award-winning reporting efforts, including investigations that triggered resignations of state officials and reforms in state law. Cate, an Omaha native, was inducted into the Omaha Press Club Hall of Fame in 2018.

Nevada Current

Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. He also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV for several years. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

New Hampshire Bulletin

Dana Wormald

Dana Wormald, a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, has been a newspaper editor for more than 25 years. He began his career on the Concord Monitor’s news desk in 1995 and later spent more than a decade at the New Hampshire Union Leader. In 2014, he returned to the Monitor to serve as opinion editor, a position he held until being named editor of the Bulletin.

New Jersey Monitor

Terrence T. McDonald

Editor Terrence T. McDonald is a native New Jerseyan who has worked for newspapers in the Garden State for more than 15 years. He has covered everything from Trenton politics to the smallest of municipal squabbles, exposing public corruption and general malfeasance at every level of government. Terrence won 23 New Jersey Press Association awards and two Tim O’Brien Awards for Investigative Journalism using the Open Public Records Act from the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. One politician forced to resign in disgrace because of Terrence’s reporting called him a ``political poison pen journalist.”

Source New Mexico

Marisa Demarco

Marisa Demarco is an Albuquerque-based journalist and lifelong New Mexican whose work has won national and regional awards. She's spent almost two decades as a reporter, producer and newsroom leader, co-founding the New Mexico Compass, and editing and writing for the Weekly Alibi, the Albuquerque Tribune and UNM's Daily Lobo. She began a career in radio full-time at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health and criminal legal reform for much of the last seven years. During the pandemic, she was also the executive producer for “Your NM Gov” and “No More Normal,” shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice.

NC Policy Watch (Partner)

Rob Schofield

Rob Schofield has three decades of experience as a lawyer, lobbyist, writer and commentator. At Policy Watch, Rob writes and edits daily online commentaries and handles numerous public speaking and electronic media appearances. He also delivers a radio commentary that’s broadcast weekdays on WRAL-FM and WCHL and hosts News and Views, a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.

Ohio Capital Journal

David DeWitt

David C. DeWitt is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years experience covering Ohio politics and policy, including covering education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, government, business, labor, energy, environment, and social issues. He has worked for the National Journal, The New York Observer, The Athens NEWS, and Plunderbund.com. His work has also appeared in Government Executive, the Columbus Dispatch, Girlfriends magazine, Bleacher Report, and the Ashtabula Star Beacon, among others.

Oregon Capital Chronicle

Les Zaitz

Les Zaitz is a veteran editor and investigative reporter, serving Oregon for more than 45 years. He reported for The Oregonian for 25 years and owns community newspapers and a digital news service. He is a national SPJ fellow, two-time Pulitzer finalist, including for a lengthy investigation of Mexican drug cartels in Oregon and five-time winner of Oregon’s top investigative reporting award. He has investigated corrupt state legislators, phony charities, and an international cult that moved to Oregon, and the biggest bank failure in Oregon history. He also has been active in reforming the state’s public records law and was appointed by the governor to the Oregon Public Records Advisory Council. In his spare time, he operates a ranch nestled in a national forest, feeding horses and assorted animals.

Pennsylvania Capital-Star

John Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

Tennessee Lookout

Holly McCall

Holly McCall is a fixture in Tennessee media and politics, with decades of experience. She began her journalism career covering City Hall with Suburban News Publications in Columbus, Ohio, and wrote for the Joplin Globe in Missouri and the Nashville Business Journal. She has served as political analyst for WZTV Fox 17 and provided communications consulting for political campaigns at all levels, from city council to presidential. Holly brings a deep wealth of knowledge about Tennessee’s political processes and players and likes nothing better than getting into the weeds of how political deals are made.

Virginia Mercury

Robert Zullo

Robert Zullo spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers, beginning at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., where he was a staff writer and managing editor. He spent five years in south Louisiana as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A former waiter, armored car guard and a graduate of the College of William and Mary, he grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey.

Wisconsin Examiner

Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine where she worked for many years from both Madison and Washington, DC. Shortly after Donald Trump took office she moved with her family to Oaxaca, Mexico, and covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.