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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 04/21/2010

Our Local Blog Network

By Washington Post editors

A group of independent bloggers from around the region have agreed to come together in this space to share their thoughts and insights on important local issues.

Our team: David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington, Kenny Burns of Maryland Politics Today, Paige Winfield Cunningham of Old Dominion Watchdog, Peter Galuszka of Bacon's Rebllion, Dan Malouff of Beyond D.C., Christopher 'Topher' Mathews of The Georgetown Metropolitan, Sommer Mathis of DCist.

David Alpert

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington, a Web site focusing on urban planning, transit, smart growth, pedestrian safety, bicycling, zoning, historic preservation and other policy areas that affect the D.C. metropolitan area. David is also the D.C. vice chairman for the WMATA Riders' Advisory Council and a member of the D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council.

A native of Massachusetts, he lived in California and New York before settling in the Dupont Circle neighborhood with his wife, Stefanie.

Kenny Burns

Paul Kenneth "Kenny" Burns blogs at Maryland Politics Today. He has contributed to and has appeared on WBAL-AM, WICO-AM and WAMD-AM as a political analyst and commentator.

He began in journalism with the now-defunct Children’s Express News Service and in 1998 joined the staff of the teen newspaper Young D.C., later serving as news editor. He has been a news assistant for WTOP, a staff producer for the Radio America Network and a traffic reporter/producer for NAVTEQ Traffic. Currently, he is a news anchor/reporter for WNAV-AM in Annapolis. He lives in Baltimore.

Paige Winfield Cunningham

Paige Winfield Cunningham is an investigative reporter and managing editor at Old Dominion Watchdog, a project of the nonprofit Franklin Center dedicated to covering state and local government in Virginia. Her work has been carried by newspapers and Web sites including the Washington Examiner, the Drudge Report and National Review Online. She has appeared on Weekend Virginia on WVTF Public Radio and is a regular guest on the Schilling Show on 1070 WINA Newsradio.

Before launching Old Dominion Watchdog in October 2009, Cunningham was a reporter at the Naperville Sun in Chicago, and she has appeared on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel and reported from Washington. She can be reached at

Peter Galuszka

Peter Galuszka, a writer for Bacon's Rebellion, has been writing about Virginia politics and business since 1975. Now a freelance journalist living in the Richmond area, he has been executive editor of Virginia Business magazine and a reporter at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He also spent 18 years at the McGraw-Hill Companies, including 15 years writing for BusinessWeek.

He was twice Moscow bureau chief for the magazine and served as international news editor in New York. A 1974 graduate of Tufts University, he has also worked in Chicago and Cleveland and at a small daily newspaper in North Carolina. Galuszka has been blogging on Bacon's Rebellion for three years, blogged on for one year and is now a contributing editor at Style Weekly in Richmond.

Dan Malouff

Dan Malouff blogs at, a Web site about urbanism, transportation and development in the Washington region.

His work has appeared in print publications such as the Next American City, the Express and the Colorado Daily, as well as online at, DCist and Greater Greater Washington. He has a degree in urban planning from the University of Colorado and lives a car-free lifestyle in Northwest Washington. You can follow his work on Twitter@BeyondDC.

Christopher 'Topher' Mathews

A Connecticut native, Topher Mathews arrived in the District in 1999 and has lived in Georgetown since 2003. In 2008, he founded the blog Georgetown Metropolitan, which covers news, notes and happenings in the neighborhood.

Mathews works for the federal government.

Sommer Mathis

Sommer Mathis is editor-in-chief of, a Web site covering news and culture in Washington. Her work has also appeared in The Guardian and Campus Progress, and she is a regular contributor to WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Before joining DCist, Mathis worked as a documentary film producer. She lives in the Shaw neighborhood of the District.

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Where is the diversity?

Posted by: wpjunk | April 21, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

All-star team! Looking forward to reading this.

Posted by: 12008N1 | April 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Guess the local tech and social media scene isn't an meaningful topic. That's fine, I'm too busy to participate. ;)

Posted by: davezatz | April 21, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I applaud you in celebrating the city by picking two bloggers who actually live there!

I don't count Georgetown because when I walk into a bar there they look at my DC driver's license like I'm from Wyoming.

Can't wait to start reading...

Posted by: dude7 | April 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

wpjunk wrote: where is the diversity?

Were you commenting on the racial make-up or the political make-up of these bloggers? In either case, you're right that there's no diversity.

Posted by: alvint | April 22, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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