State policies directly affect people’s daily lives, and state-level political battles shape the national landscape. While traditional news coverage of national politics has increased in recent years, state coverage continues to shrink—leaving a void that is too often filled by partisan or unreliable sources. A 2014 Pew Research Center study showed that less than a third of U.S. newspapers have reporters covering their statehouses, a number that has certainly decreased in the last five years.
As a result, important issues in the states are under-covered, with real consequences for real people. Ultimately, the Newsroom exists to provide the relentless stream of quality reporting and commentary that helps sustain a vibrant democracy.
Each Newsroom outlet 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 capitol reporters. Our Washington, D.C. bureau reports on congressional delegations and key Supreme Court and administrative decisions that affect the states. The Newsroom’s headquarters is led by Director and Publisher Chris Fitzsimon and includes Deputy Director Andrea Verykoukis, National Editor Mary Cornatzer, Digital Director Nelle Dunlap, Media Administrative Professional Tori Addison, and Full Stack Developer Joe Wright.
The Newsroom is a project of the Hopewell Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that incubates projects and provides professional support and guidance. The Newsroom and its affiliates are independent, and we decide what we cover.
Deputy Director Andrea Verykoukis, Digital Director Nelle Dunlap, Media Administrative Professional Tori Addison, Director and Publisher Chris Fitzsimon. Not pictured: National Editor Mary Cornatzer, Full Stack Developer Joe Wright, Operations Director Breanne Porter.