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Announcing: Tennessee Lookout

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2020

Press Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

 States Newsroom Launches Tennessee Lookout

Veteran Journalist and Political Expert Holly McCall to Lead Tennessee Newsroom

Nashville, TN — Today States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced the launch of the Tennessee Lookout. The outlet will be led by veteran journalist Holly McCall, and is States Newsroom’s 14th newsroom and fourth in the South.

Tennesseans face critical issues as rural hospitals close, trade wars threaten farmers and public education systems struggle with budget shortfalls, yet the number of reporters covering statehouse news across the country has plummeted over the last 15 years. According to the Pew Research Center, newsrooms have lost over half of their employees since 2008 – a problem that has only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic as 36,000 journalists and staff have been laid off or furloughed since the outbreak.

“In an era when corporations are slashing resources to newsrooms and local coverage is shrinking, we are excited to offer Tennesseans a fresh way to get intensive coverage of local and state issues,” said Holly McCall, editor-in-chief of Tennessee Lookout. “Tennessee Lookout is investing in some of the most talented investigative reporters in the state to arm citizens with the information needed to hold our government accountable.”

McCall is an expert in Tennessee politics and a longtime government reporter. After reporting on city government in Ohio and Missouri, she returned to Tennessee where she covered commercial real estate/development and public affairs for the Nashville Business Journal and later served as political analyst for WZTV Fox 17. McCall has also worked in communications for various Nashville government agencies as well as for two presidential campaigns

She leads a team of award-winning and locally renowned journalists dedicated to covering healthcare legislation, government reform, education, mental health and addiction treatment, criminal justice reform, climate change, and the developing coronavirus pandemic.

“Our vision for state journalism is to make sure that no matter where you are or where you live, you have access to the most accurate and high quality reporting.” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “Especially in times of crisis, newspapers and journalists are needed more than ever to provide accurate information that can potentially save lives.”

Previously, Fitzsimon founded and led NC Policy Watch, North Carolina’s leading news and commentary outlet, before launching what was to become States Newsroom in 2017.

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 supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

Other States Newsroom affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/

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Craig Pittman joins Florida Phoenix as contributor

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2020

Contact:
Shilpa Hegde, [email protected]

The Florida Phoenix Announces Award-Winning Journalist and Author Craig Pittman as Contributor

Pittman to Provide Weekly Column on Environmental Issues

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Phoenix, an award-winning, nonprofit news outlet announced today that Craig Pittman has joined the outlet as a regular contributor starting April 9th. Pittman most recently served for over two decades at the Tampa Bay Times as an Environment, Growth and Development reporter.

“Floridians cherish their environment, from the Everglades to sugar-sand beaches and state parks to fragile coral reefs and the iconic and endangered Florida panther. That’s where award-winning journalist Craig Pittman comes in. We are thrilled to welcome Craig as a weekly contributor to the Florida Phoenix,” said Diane Rado, Editor-in-chief.

A native Floridian, Pittman has covered a range of issues from natural disasters to the Florida legislature over his long career. Pittman is also a renowned author of five books, including Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, a New York Times bestseller and Florida Book Awards gold medal recipient.

“I feel as lucky as a lottery winner to be working again with editor-in-chief Diane Rado and to be on the same roster as the stellar columnists Lucy Morgan and Diane Roberts,” said Pittman.

The Florida Phoenix is part of States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets. States Newsroom operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. The network is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

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Announcing: Minnesota Reformer

For Immediate Release
January 14, 2020

Contact:
Michael Czin – (202) 286-7654

States Newsroom Launches Minnesota Reformer; Announces Major Expansion
Former Star Tribune journalist J. Patrick Coolican to lead Minnesota newsroom

Twin Cities, MN – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets announced a new effort to expand to more than 20 states by 2021 and launched the Minnesota Reformer, the organization’s 15th newsroom and fifth in the Midwest. Minnesota Reformer will be led by veteran journalist J. Patrick Coolican.

“We are reimagining journalism at the state level to ensure that no matter who you are or where you live, you have access to high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues of our time,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “In the last year, we’ve grown from 9 to 15 outlets, added a Washington, DC, bureau and now have almost 60 reporters, editors and support staff. We’re going to continue to expand on these successes and grow in the coming months and years.”

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, newsroom employment in the U.S. fell 25% between 2008 and 2018, with a 47% decline in newspapers. As a result, important state issues are under-covered, with real consequences for real people. States Newsroom is bucking that trend.

States Newsroom outlets like the Minnesota Reformer provide top-quality journalism focused on keeping government accountable and ensuring readers have a voice in the issues that affect them most: education, health care, agriculture and the environment, jobs and the economy, justice and public safety.

“It’s no secret that statehouse news coverage is declining across the country. It’s a shame to see and leaves a hole that needs to be filled, as too many stories are going underreported or simply unreported,” said J. Patrick Coolican, Editor of the Minnesota Reformer. “I am thrilled to join States Newsroom to buck that trend and to provide high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues of our time.”

Coolican comes to States Newsroom following five years at the Star Tribune. He joined the newspaper in 2014 and has been the voice of the Star Tribune’s daily newsletter, Morning Hot Dish.
Coolican will be joined by veteran reporters Richard Lopez, who worked at the Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017; Max Nesterak, who joins the Reformer from Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Edition; and Rilyn Eischens, a Minnesota native who has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia.

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 supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

Other States Newsrooms affiliates and partners are:
Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/
The Colorado Independent – https://www.coloradoindependent.com/
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – h ttps://www.penncapital-star.com/
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/

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Announcing: Iowa Capital Dispatch

For Immediate Release January 7, 2020

Contact:
Michael Czin (202) 286-7654

States Newsroom Launches Iowa Capital Dispatch; Expanding Network to 14th State
Award-winning journalist Kathie Obradovich to lead Iowa newsroom

Des Moines, IA – States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, today launched Iowa Capital Dispatch, the organization’s 14th newsroom and fourth in the Midwest. Iowa Capital Dispatch will be led by veteran Iowa journalist Kathie Obradovich.

Community journalism is essential to democracy. Iowa Capital Dispatch will provide top-quality journalism focused on keeping government accountable and ensuring all Iowans have a voice in the issues that affect them most: education, health care, agriculture and the environment, jobs and the economy, justice and public safety. The news at IowaCapitalDispatch.com is free to readers and other community journalism outlets, with no subscription fees or advertising.

“Faced with declining revenue and an uncertain business environment, I’ve seen the Statehouse press corps in Des Moines shrink year after year — and that’s hurting Iowans,” Obradovich said. “The Iowa Capital Dispatch will fill the void in state coverage with relentless reporting and insightful commentary to connect people to the state leaders and government policies that affect their daily lives.”

Obradovich is a leading voice on Iowa politics. She comes to States Newsroom following 16 years at the Des Moines Register, most recently as the opinion editor. Obradovich joined the Des Moines Register in 2003 as politics editor and directed nationally award-winning coverage of the 2004 and 2008 Iowa caucuses.

She leads a team of experienced Iowa reporters. Pulitzer finalist Clark Kauffman has won state and national awards for investigative reporting. Perry Beeman is a nationally recognized environmental and business writer, and Linh Ta was the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Young Iowa Journalist of the Year for 2019.

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, newsroom employment in the U.S. fell 25% between 2008 and 2018, with a 47% decline at newspapers. As a result, important state issues are
under-covered, with real consequences for real people. States Newsroom is bucking that trend: in the last year, States Newsroom has grown from 9 to 14 outlets, added a Washington, DC, bureau and has grown to more than 50 editors, reporters and support staff.

“We are reimagining journalism at the state level to ensure that no matter who you are or where you live, you have access to high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues of our time,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “By bringing on
top-tier talent like Kathie and providing the resources needed to succeed, we’ve been able to establish States Newsroom as an innovative leader in statehouse reporting across the country.”

Previously Fitzsimon founded and led NC Policy Watch, North Carolina’s leading online news and commentary outlet. In 2017, Fitzsimon left NC Policy Watch to launch what would become States Newsroom to replicate the successes of North Carolina in states around the country.

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 supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.

Other States Newsrooms affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/
The Colorado Independent – https://www.coloradoindependent.com/
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/

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