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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 08/27/2010

New members of the Local Blog Network

By Washington Post editors

We are pleased to announce the addition of three new independent bloggers to The Post's Local Blog Network:

Martin Austermuhle of DCist,
Keith Berner of Left-Hand View, and
Aaron Morrissey of DCist

Their bios are below, along with those of the other participants in the network. If you're a blogger who would like to be considered for inclusion, or you have a favorite blogger you think we should reach out to, e-mail us at

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.

Martin Austermuhle

A senior editor at DCist, Martin Austermuhle came to the District in 2002 for grad school, and after years and years of promising that he'd be moving elsewhere, decided that this is a pretty great place to be. Born in Switzerland but having grown up in Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela, Martin attended Penn State University, where he majored in political science and protested a whole lot.

Martin now occupies his time working with embassies on communications and press, racing road bikes with District Velocity Racing, blogging on local politics, and relentlessly complaining about the District's lack of voting representation. Though he spent his first five years in the District living on the east end of Capitol Hill, he's now proud resident of Mount Pleasant.

Keith Berner

Keith Berner, a proud resident of the People’s Republic of Takoma Park, blogs at Left-Hand View. He has been active in the Montgomery County and Maryland political scene since moving there from the District in 2000.

His background includes a master’s degree in international relations, experience in nonprofit management, and work as a researcher, writer, and editor. He currently serves as Chief Information Officer for an international development NGO.

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.

Aaron Morrissey

Aaron Morrissey arrived in Washington after earning a degree in creative nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh, and quickly found himself charmed by the intimacy of the District. After three years of covering anything and everything he could get his hands on at DCist -- transit, sports, food, local media, city politics, the Obama Inauguration, Snowpocalypses and the weekend news desk, to name a few -- he was named the site's editor-in-chief in June 2010.

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
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