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Newsrooms

Affiliates are news sites created by States Newsroom; Partners are independent news sites we support with grants.

AFFILIATE

Editor-in-Chief Jim Small

The Arizona Mirror strives to tell untold stories, amplify the voices of Arizonans whose stories are unheard, shine a light on the relationships between people, power and policy, and hold public officials to account. We view news as a vital community service, and are supported by the generosity of those who believe an informed Arizona is a better Arizona.

AFFILIATE

Editor Quentin Young

Colorado Newsline provides fair and accurate reporting on politics, policy and other stories of interest to Coloradans. Newsline is based in Denver, and coverage of activities at the Capitol are central to its mission, but its reporters are devoted to providing reliable information about the environment, health care, education, the economy, the justice system, the functioning of state government, and other topics that concern readers in all parts of the state, from Lamar to Dinosaur, from Durango to Sterling.

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Editor-in-Chief Diane Rado

Reporters in many now-shrunken capital bureaus have to spend most of their time these days chasing around after more and more outrageous political behavior, and too many don’t have time to lift up emerging innovative ideas or report on the people who are trying to help solve problems and shift policy for a more compassionate world. The Florida Phoenix does those stories.

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Editor-in-Chief John McCosh

The Georgia Recorder brings a fresh perspective to coverage of the state’s biggest issues and the communities we care about. Most traditional news organizations now lack the resources to do much more than chase the political outrage of the day, so proposals to shape Georgia’s approach to health care, public schools, community development and other essential ingredients for a good quality-of-life don’t receive the attention they warrant. The Georgia Recorder aims to remedy that.

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AFFILIATE

Editor Kathie Obradovich

The Iowa Capital Dispatch combines state government coverage with relentless investigative journalism, deep dives into the consequences of policy, political insight, and principled commentary. We deeply believe in sharing the stories of people outside the halls of power, connecting the actions of state leaders to their impacts on Iowans.

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Editor Sherman Smith

Kansas Reflector works to amplify voices of people whose lives are affected by public policies but who might typically be left out of public debate. The Reflector seeks to increase Kansans’ awareness of how decisions made by elected representatives and other public servants affect our day-to-day lives.

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Editor Jarvis DeBerry

Notwithstanding the way political reporting is often presented, we see politics as neither sport nor entertainment. There are quality-of-life consequences – even life-and-death consequences – to environmental permitting decisions, to health care policy, to income- and sales-tax rates, to budgetary cuts and to economic development plans. For those reasons, the Illuminator does not cover politics in a way that centers politicians, their squabbles with one another or their career ambitions. Instead, we center Louisianians from Ouachita to Calcasieu, from Plaquemines to Caddo who must live with the decisions their political leaders make.

PARTNER

Director Mike Tipping

Editor Lauren McCauley

Maine Beacon is a website and podcast created by the Maine People’s Alliance to highlight the experiences of everyday Mainers, share information about the political and policy processes that affect Maine people and promote a progressive worldview based on community, fairness and investing in the future. We’re proud to feature rigorous reporting, political analysis and smart, progressive voices from across the state.

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PARTNER

Editor-in-Chief Josh Kurtz

Years ago, healthy competition for news out of Annapolis and across the state produced robust coverage. But the media landscape has changed. Papers have closed. Suburban bureaus have shut down. Reporting staffs have shrunk. Coverage of state and local news has all but disappeared. Maryland Matters seeks to fill the void with original reporting and commentary.

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AFFILIATE

Editor-in-Chief Susan Demas

The Michigan Advance features in-depth stories, blog posts and social media updates, as well as top-notch progressive commentary. We wholeheartedly believe that journalists have the biggest impact by reporting close to home, explaining what’s happening in our state and communities — and why. Michigan has hundreds fewer reporters than just a couple decades ago. The result is too many stories falling through the cracks.

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Editor J. Patrick Coolican

The Minnesota Reformer is an independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to keeping Minnesotans informed and unearthing stories other outlets can’t or won’t tell. We’re in the halls of government tracking what elected officials are up to — and monitoring the powerful forces trying to influence them. But we’re also on the streets, at the bars and parks, on farms and in warehouses, telling you stories of the people being affected by the actions of government and big business. And we’re free. No ads. No paywall.

AFFILIATE

Editor-in-Chief Jason Hancock

The Missouri Independent is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization covering state government, politics and policy. Our mission is relentless investigative journalism that sheds light on how decisions in Jefferson City are made and how they affect Missourians. We aim to tell the untold stories, and explain what’s happening, why and who it helps (or hurts).

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Editor-in-Chief Hugh Jackson

Nevada Current seeks to:

  • Demonstrate how policies, institutions and systems make life harder for Nevadans than it needs to be;
  • Document how things got that way, and;
  • Explore what it might take to fix them.
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PARTNER

Director Rob Schofield

NC Policy Watch, generates a large and steady flow of timely, accurate and hard-hitting commentaries, analysis and news reports that inform elected officials, advocates, the media and the public at-large. With a team of four veteran, full-time reporters dedicated to covering state government, the project is one of North Carolina’s most important news outlets and generates hundreds of original news stories each year. Our blog, The Progressive Pulse, is one of North Carolina’s busiest and important interactive policy websites

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Editor David C. DeWitt

The Capital Journal combines Ohio state government coverage with relentless investigative journalism, deep dives into the consequences of policy, political insight and principled commentary. All those cheesy journalism aphorisms about reporters being the eyes and ears of the people in the halls of power? We believe them, deeply. We also deeply believe in sharing the stories of people outside the halls of power, connecting the actions of state leaders to their impacts on Ohioans.

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Editor-in-Chief John Micek

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star is dedicated to honest and aggressive coverage of state government, politics and policy.

The nearly 13 million people who call the commonwealth home depend on their interests being safeguarded by one of the nation’s largest, most expensive, and often inefficient and corrupt full-time state legislatures. At a time with regrettably fewer eyes on Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star holds the powerful to account and amplifies the stories of the powerless.

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Editor Holly McCall

The Tennessee Lookout is your watchdog, telling the stories of politics and policy that affect the people of the Volunteer State. Our mix of veteran investigative reporters and rising young journalists explain what’s happening, why it’s happening, and who it helps or hurts. We expose the relationships between politics, people and policy and we hold the powerful accountable.

AFFILIATE

Editor-in-Chief Robert Zullo

From the push to remove Confederate statues to big shifts in healthcare and energy policy, the Old Dominion is changing. The Virginia Mercury aims to bring a fresh perspective to coverage of the state’s biggest issues. We feature original and guest commentary on a range of topics and are staffed full-time by four veteran Virginia newspaper journalists.

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Editor-in-Chief Ruth Conniff

The Wisconsin Examiner offers investigative reporting and daily coverage dedicated to the public interest. In Wisconsin’s great progressive tradition, we aim to hold the powerful accountable to the people, follow the money, and dig out the truth.

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