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Announcing: Source New Mexico

For Immediate Release
August 31, 2021

Contact:
Shilpa Hegde – [email protected]

States Newsroom Launches Source New Mexico

Experienced Local Journalist Marisa Demarco to Lead the New Outlet 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced the launch of Source New Mexico. This newest outlet is the organization’s 24th and will be led by veteran Albuquerque-based reporter Marisa Demarco. 

Source New Mexico will be a dedicated resource for the state’s residents — providing unflinching coverage of COVID response and health care, access to education, tribal affairs, climate change and industrial regulation, police accountability, criminal legal reform, the impacts of immigration policies and more from across the region.

“In forming this team and developing Source New Mexico’s focus, I’m really thinking about how exactly we work in service of our community. Great reporting, thoughtful columns and analysis — those should be a resource, the information people need to make strong choices about their world,” said Marisa Demarco, Editor-in-Chief. “This work is also about centering and respecting the people of New Mexico — their experiences and expertise — in the stories we tell. They’re the real source.”

Demarco brings nearly two decades of reporting experience across New Mexico’s print and radio outlets, including the Albuquerque Tribune and KUNM News. Her career is stacked with leadership experience–from founding the New Mexico Compass to serving as executive producer of “Your NM Government” and “No More Normal.” 

Additional seasoned journalists join the Source New Mexico’s staff, including:

  • Austin Fisher, who is based in Santa Fe and has over five years of experience reporting on state news, writing for the Rio Grande Sun and the Santa Fe Reporter. He hails from Kansas, where he previously wrote for the Garden-City Telegram and the Topeka Capital-Journal.
  • Shaun Griswold, a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, who most recently covered Indigenous affairs for New Mexico In Depth. He brings more than a decade of print and broadcast journalism experience to Source New Mexico
  • Patrick Lohmann, an award-winning journalist with 14 years of experience. He most recently spent six years reporting for the Syracuse Post-Standard. Prior to that, he worked for the Albuquerque Journal and the Daily Lobo.

This fall, States Newsroom plans to add an Oregon outlet to its growing media network.

“We’re pleased to add another high-quality, non-partisan news source to States Newsroom’s network.” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “We have no doubt Demarco’s team will bring unparalleled reporting to New Mexico.”

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/  
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/  
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/  
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/ 
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Idaho Capital Sun –   https://idahocapitalsun.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/   
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/ 
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/  
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/  
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/ 
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/   
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/   
New Jersey Monitor – https://newjerseymonitor.com/
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.com/  
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/  
New Hampshire Bulletin – https://newhampshirebulletin.com/ 
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/  
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/  
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/  
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/  
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/   

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Announcing: New Jersey Monitor

For Immediate Release
July 28, 2021

Contact:
Alex Daigle – [email protected]

 

States Newsroom Launches New Jersey Monitor

Seasoned Reporter Terrence T. McDonald to Lead New Outlet

TRENTON, NJ – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced the most recent launch in its expanding web: the New Jersey Monitor. This newest outlet is the organization’s twenty-third and will be led by veteran New Jersey journalist Terrence T. McDonald. 

The New Jersey Monitor will provide top-quality journalism focused on state government and politics, housing, civil and social justice, schools and any other issue that affects New Jerseyans.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be leading a team of amazing journalists committed to providing news reporting that the people of New Jersey need and deserve,” said Terrence T.  McDonald, Editor of the New Jersey Monitor.

McDonald brings to the New Jersey Monitor more than 15 years of reporting experience across newspapers in the Garden State. He has 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. 

Additional seasoned journalists join the new outlet’s staff, including:

  • Nikita Biryukov, who previously covered state government and politics for three years at the New Jersey Globe. Prior to that, Biryukov worked as a freelancer for The Home News Tribune and The Press of Atlantic City.
  • Dana DiFilippo, who comes to the New Jersey Monitor after five years of reporting for WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station. DiFilippo previously spent 15 years at the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.
  • Sophie Nieto-Muñoz, who covered the Statehouse and breaking news for NJ.com. Nieto-Muñoz has won several awards for investigative reporting from the New Jersey Press Association. 

By the end of 2021, States Newsroom plans to add news outlets in two additional states to its growing list of organizations.

“States Newsroom is continuing to expand to meet the demand for high-quality, non-partisan reporting at a local level,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “We’re looking forward to the first-rate reporting that the New Jersey Monitor will contribute to our nationwide network.”

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/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/
Idaho Capital Sun –   https://idahocapitalsun.com/
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/ 
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/  
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/ 
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/ 
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.com/ 
Nevada Current – https://www.nevadacurrent.com/ 
New Hampshire Bulletin – https://newhampshirebulletin.com/
NC Policy Watch – http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/ 
Ohio Capital Journal – https://www.ohiocapitaljournal.com/  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – https://www.penncapital-star.com/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/  

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Announcing: New Hampshire Bulletin

For Immediate Release
April 14, 2021

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

States Newsroom Launches New Hampshire Bulletin

Former Concord Monitor Editor Dana Wormald to Serve as Outlet’s Editor-In-Chief 

Concord, NH – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, announced the most recent launch in its expansion plans for 2021: the New Hampshire Bulletin. This newest outlet is the organization’s twenty-second, and will be led by veteran New Hampshire journalist Dana Wormald. 

The New Hampshire Bulletin will provide top-quality journalism focused on holding government accountable and ensuring readers have the best information on the issues that affects them most, like education, health care, jobs and the economy. 

“There is no question that local newsrooms are struggling both nationally and in New Hampshire. Downsizing and closures are commonplace. Meanwhile, the community’s need for reliable local coverage is more urgent than ever,” said Dana Wormald, editor-in-chief of the New Hampshire Bulletin. “I’m thrilled to team up with other journalists who are and have been dedicated to providing the people of New Hampshire with news that impacts their daily lives. We’re committed to providing high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the critical issues of our time.”

Wormald, who has been a newspaper editor for over 25 years, comes to the New Hampshire Bulletin after serving seven years as the Opinions Editor at the Concord Monitor and more than a decade as an editor at the New Hampshire Union Leader.

The new outlet’s staff includes other seasoned New Hampshire journalists, including Annmarie Timmins, who spent 25 years at the Concord Monitor covering state government, and Ethan DeWitt, formerly of The Keene Sentinel and Concord Monitor. Amanda Gokee has also joined the newsroom, coming to New Hampshire from VTDigger.

“States Newsroom will have expanded to at least 25 states by the end of this year. We’re growing, and rapidly, because we are meeting the demand for high-quality, non-partisan reporting at a local level,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “The New Hampshire Bulletin will serve as a beacon for New Hampshire residents seeking clear and honest state government reporting. We look forward to continuing to build robust, successful newsrooms like this one.”

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/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/
Idaho Capital Sun –   https://idahocapitalsun.com/
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/ 
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/ 
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/ 
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/ 
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.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/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/  

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Announcing: Idaho Capital Sun

For Immediate Release
March 31, 2021

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

 

States Newsroom Launches Idaho Capital Sun

 Seasoned Reporter Christina Lords to Lead New Outlet  

Boise, ID – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets announced the launch of its 21st outlet: Idaho Capital Sun 

Based in Boise, the Capital Sun is staffed by professional journalists with deep experience in Idaho statehouse reporting. The outlet will report on important state issues, which are often under-covered due to the decline in local news across the nation. All of the Capital Sun’s reporting is available to be republished online or in print by other organizations through “Capital Connections,” States Newsroom’s free syndication service. 

Christina Lords will serve as the editor-in-chief of the Capital Sun. Lords has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. She led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism and has 14 writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Idaho Press Club and UISAPA.

“Idahoans deserve to be informed about the important happenings in our state capital,” said Christina Lords, editor-in-chief of the Capital Sun.Our aim is to bring data, context and analysis to some of the most under-covered state politics and capital city issues. Idaho has a long history of a robust, investigative press corps. It’s my hope our work will continue that tradition for years to come.

The Capital Sun will also be staffed by veteran Idaho reporters:

  • Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press
  • Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun, he covered every Idaho legislative session from 2011-2020 gavel-to-gavel, first for the Idaho Falls Post Register and most recently with Idaho Education News
  • Audrey Dutton joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Dutton’s work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, radio journalism, data visualization and much more. 

“As States Newsroom grows, our mission to provide high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues of our time remains the same” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “We look forward to seeing the great reporting that comes out of Idaho and all of the outlets that follow this year.”

By the end of this year, States Newsroom will expand to at least 25 outlets. 

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. Earlier this year, States Newsroom announced its plans to expand to 25 states by the end of 2021. 

Other States Newsroom affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/ 
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/ 
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/ 
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/ 
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.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/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/ 

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Announcing: Capital Connections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 25, 2021 

Press Contact: Jillian Susi – [email protected]

 

States Newsroom Debuts Free, Innovative Syndication Service; Will Expand to 25 States in 2021 

‘Capital Connections’ to Fill Much-Needed Gap in Coverage of State News 

Washington, D.C. – Today States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets, officially launched “Capital Connections,” a free syndication service with coverage from twenty state capitals. States Newsroom also announced plans to expand to twenty five states by the end 2021. 

The new “Capital Connections” service allows other news organizations to run award-winning statehouse reporting from State Newsroom’s team of roughly 100 journalists in every corner of the country. In 2021, an estimated 25,000 articles will be made available through Capital Connections. 

“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. “Capital Connections will expand the reach of our existing work and give our colleagues at other outlets the ability to publish stories that their readers would otherwise miss. This type of journalism is essential to democracy.” 

News organizations in all twenty states with States Newsroom outlets ran more than 3,000 Capital Connections stories in 2020. Examples of Capital Connections work include:

Capital Connections allows stories to be republished online or in print under a Creative Commons license. Partners are asked not to put the piece behind any paywall, edit only for style or length, provide proper attribution and link to the original outlet’s website. 

In addition to the launch of Capital Connections, States Newsroom also announced plans to expand to at least five new states in 2021: Idaho, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, and New Mexico, bringing the total number of States Newsroom outlets to 25. 

Both efforts come as the nation’s local news crisis was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic causing a record number of local journalists, editors and staff layoffs due to news organizations’ staggering loss of revenue.

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/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/ 
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/ 
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/ 
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.com/ 
Daily Montanan – https://dailymontanan.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/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/ 

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Announcing: Daily Montanan

For Immediate Release
January 5, 2021

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

States Newsroom Launches Daily Montanan; Kicks Off 2021 Expansion

Seasoned Journalists to Fill Critical Gap in Montana News Coverage

Helena, MT – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets announced the launch of the Daily Montanan, the organization’s 20th newsroom and first outlet launch in 2021. 

“After 2020, a year that was especially hard on local newsrooms due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are thankful and excited that we can continue to provide quality, nonpartisan local news to our readers” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “The staff in Montana are some of the best and we know they will serve the state well.”

Despite the demand for journalism amid the coronavirus pandemic, the impact of COVID-19 on local newsrooms has been devastating. Hundreds of newspapers have laid off staff or closed entirely, according to Poynter, and experts expect more closures to come. States Newsroom outlets like the Daily Montanan are able to step in and close the gap in local coverage. 

“My colleagues and I are thrilled to launch the Daily Montanan,”  said Darrell Ehrlick, editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan. “Too many stories are going underreported or just unreported, and we are going to fill that gap while providing high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues of our time.”

Ehrlick comes to States Newsroom 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 all over the country. Ehrlick has won a number of prestigious reporting awards, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ highest media honor, three Lee Enterprises President’s Awards, and statewide awards for his commentary. 

Ehrlick will be joined by veteran reporters Keila Szpaller, former city editor of the Missoulian; Keith Schubert, alumni of the Asbury Park Press, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Arren Kimbel-Sannit, an Arizona-bred journalist who previously worked for the Dallas Morning News and POLITICO. 

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/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.com/
Maine Beacon – http://mainebeacon.com/ 
Maryland Matters – https://www.marylandmatters.org/ 
Michigan Advance – https://www.michiganadvance.com/
Minnesota Reformer – https://minnesotareformer.com/ 
Missouri Independent – https://missouriindependent.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/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/ 

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States Newsroom featured on Washington Post list of outstanding state-based reporters

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2020

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

The Washington Post Highlights Twelve States Newsroom Outlets for “Outstanding Politics Reporters”

Washington, D.C. – For the first time since 2015, the Washington Post has published a list of outstanding state-based political reporters. The just-released 2020 list includes fourteen reporters from States Newsroom outlets in twelve states.

At States Newsroom, we pride ourselves on creating high-quality, non-partisan reporting and we are thrilled to see a number of our outstanding reporters recognized for their great work,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “In 2015, States Newsroom didn’t even exist, and now our reporters are being nationally recognized and having an impact in more than 20 states. We are excited to see our team continue to put out excellent reporting in the years to come.”

The States Newsroom reporters honored in the The Fix’s 2020 list of outstanding politics reporters to follow in every state included:

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.

A complete list of States Newsroom affiliates and partners are below.

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Announcing: The Missouri Independent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2020

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

 

 States Newsroom Launches The Missouri Independent

Experienced Watchdog Reporter Jason Hancock to Lead the New Outlet

Jefferson City, MO — Today States Newsroom, the nation’s premier nonprofit news network announced the launch of the organization’s 19th news outlet, The Missouri Independent. The Independent will be led by Jason Hancock, a veteran Kansas City Star watchdog reporter, and will focus on state government and oversight.

The Independent’s staff of four full-time journalists make it the largest news operation focused on state government in Missouri. Its goal will be providing citizens with the information they need to hold elected officials, political appointees and state agencies accountable.

“State government has such a huge, tangible impact on the daily lives of people across our state,” said Jason Hancock, editor-in-chief of The Independent. “Having watchdog reporters on the state government beat is critical to a functioning democracy. I am thrilled to take on this new role to help ensure Missourians get honest, accurate and quality reporting.”

Hancock has been covering Missouri’s government since 2011. He previously served as lead political reporter for The Kansas City Star. Hancock has a long history of shining a light government abuse and holding public officials accountable for several newspapers in the Midwest.

Hancock will be joined by a team of well-established journalists:

  • Deputy Editor Rudi Keller has spent 22 of his 30 years in journalism covering Missouri government and politics, most recently as the news editor of The Columbia Daily Tribune. Keller has won awards for spot news and investigative reporting.
  • Rebecca Rivas has been reporting in Missouri since 2001, most recently as senior reporter and video producer at the St. Louis American, the nation’s leading African-American newspaper. As a Fulbright scholar, she investigated Peru’s high maternal-death rate among Andean women and produced a 45-minute documentary that has been used as an educational tool in college campuses nationwide.
  • Reporter Tessa Weinberg previously covered the Missouri legislature for The Kansas City Star and The Columbia Missourian, where her reporting into social media use by the governor prompted an investigation by the Attorney General’s office. She most recently covered state government in Texas for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“Holding public officials accountable is the bedrock of journalism which is, in turn, the most important pillar of our democracy.” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “Our vision for States Newsroom is similar to our views on journalism, that hard hitting and meticulous reporting needs to be accessible to the public. That is exactly what The Missouri Independent will provide.”

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/
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.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/
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/

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States Newsroom welcomes Jane Norman and Andrea Shaw

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2020

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

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.

States Newsroom affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – https://www.azmirror.com/
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/
Kansas Reflector  – https://kansasreflector.com/
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.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/
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/

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Announcing: Kansas Reflector

For Immediate Release
July 21, 2020

Contact:
Jillian Susi – [email protected]

States Newsroom Launches the Kansas Reflector 

Veteran Kansas Journalist Sherman Smith to Lead 

Topeka, KS – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets announced the launch of Kansas Reflector. The outlet will be staffed by professional journalists with insight and experience in Kansas reporting and is States Newsroom’s 18th newsroom and sixth in the Midwest. 

2020 has been a tumultuous time for this country and especially for the state of Kansas. With the recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases, the reopening of schools in the fall, and one of the most decisive election seasons in decades, now more than ever Kansans need accessible, factual and unbiased reporting of state government and local issues. 

“I am proud and excited to lead this team of talented journalists as we keep Kansans informed,” said Sherman Smith, Kansas Reflector’s Editor in Chief. “During these troubling, uncertain times, we are more motivated than ever to pursue stories that otherwise wouldn’t be told and to amplify the voices of people impacted by decisions made in the Statehouse.”

The Kansas Reflector will be led by a team of accomplished and seasoned journalists determined to bring extensive coverage of how the decisions made in Topeka will tangibly affect the daily lives of Kansans without bias and for free. This team will provide in-depth investigations, coverage of government actions, commentary through podcasts, interactive graphics, photos and videos in order to help readers make sense of state policy. 

“States Newsroom was founded with the guiding principle that everyone, despite wherever they are, deserves access to high-quality, non-partisan journalism for free. No paywalls and no political spin,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “What we have done is provide a model that delivers steadfast community journalism and we are excited for the great reporting from the Reflector.” 

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 providing 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/ 
Colorado Newsline – https://coloradonewsline.com/ 
Florida Phoenix – https://www.floridaphoenix.com/ 
Georgia Recorder – https://georgiarecorder.com/
Iowa Capital Dispatch – https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/ 
Louisiana Illuminator – https://lailluminator.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/ 
Tennessee Lookout – https://www.tennesseelookout.com/ 
Virginia Mercury – https://www.virginiamercury.com/ 
Wisconsin Examiner – https://wisconsinexaminer.com/ 
 

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