August 3, 2020

For Immediate Release


Jillian Susi

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States Newsroom Announces New Washington Bureau Chief and National Editor

Veteran Journalists Jane Norman, Andrea Shaw Join States Newsroom

Washington, D.C. – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced two more veteran journalists will join its central team. States Newsroom currently employs more than 75 journalists and support staff at eighteen state outlets.

Jane Norman, a veteran legislative and policy journalist, will join as Washington Bureau Chief. Norman’s career spans more than three decades across three respected news publications: The Des Moines Register, CQ Roll Call and POLITICO.

Norman worked for 20 years as The Des Moines Register’s Washington correspondent and continued her career in Washington by joining CQ Roll Call, where she worked for eight years as a reporter and editor for policy areas including health care, agriculture, the budget, and the economy. In 2017, she joined POLITICO as its education policy and budget and appropriations editor.

“Sometimes it’s hard to see how actions in Washington affect people on the ground level,” said Norman. “The work we do here will have a direct impact on all of the newsrooms in the country. I am eager and excited to take on the challenge of leading the D.C. bureau of States Newsroom.”

Pulitzer Prize winner Andrea Shaw will serve as a National Editor. Along with Mary Cornatzer, she will maintain editorial standards across the States Newsroom network. Shaw, a native of North Carolina, spent 23 years at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans working as a reporter, night metro editor, bureau chief and senior editor. While at the Times-Picayune, Shaw was part of the team of journalists awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2006 for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

“Throughout my career, the stories that I have been drawn to the most are the ones that have a tangible effect on the everyday lives of people,” said Andrea Shaw. “That is what I look for in stories and that is the approach that I will take with my role here at States Newsroom. I am so excited to start my new role and make state government news more accessible to people across the country.”

“A newsroom is only as good as its staff, and our organization has some of the most talented and professional journalists in the industry,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “Incredible journalists like Andrea and Jane are the reason our organization is able to provide high-quality news to all parts of the county. We are honored to have them join our team and we are immensely excited to see their superior work.”

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to providing fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

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Michigan Advance –
Minnesota Reformer –
Nevada Current –
NC Policy Watch –
Ohio Capital Journal –
Pennsylvania Capital-Star –
Tennessee Lookout –
Virginia Mercury –
Wisconsin Examiner –