The Best State-Based Political Reporters (2009 Edition)
Ladies and gentleman, Fixistas of all ages, we give you the 2009 Fix list of the best state-based political reporters in the country!
Thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions -- it made the list even fuller and better than when we last did it in 2007.
As we have said before, political reporters out in the states are doing great work on a daily basis and, by aggregating the best of the best here, you have a chance to follow their work.
We will put our list in a permanent spot on the blog -- exact spot still to be determined -- so that it can be used as a reference in advance of the 2010 midterm elections.
We also want to make sure we have as much information about these reporters available to Fixistas as possible. So, if you know of a Twitter account, blog or some other medium that a reporter on this list communicates, put it in the comments section and we will add it.
Make sure to spread the word on our list -- the most comprehensive look at the best political reporters in each of the 50 states.
The full list is after the jump. Enjoy!
Arizona: Arizona Republic's Dan Nowicki, Capitol Media Services' Howie Fischer, Arizona Republic's Casey Newton
California: San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci, Los Angeles Times' Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak, Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters, Los Angeles Times' Shane Goldmacher, Calbuzz's Phil Trounstine and Jerry Roberts
Georgia: Atlanta Journal Constitution's Aaron Gould Sheinin
Idaho: Spokesman Review's Betsy Russell
Illinois: Chicago Tribune's Rick Pearson. Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet, Crain's Greg Hinz, Capitol Fax's Rich Miller, Chicago Sun-Times' Carol Marin, Associated Press' Deanna Bellandi, Chicago Sun-Times' Abdon Pallasch
Maine: Maine Public Broadcasting's A.J. Higgins.
Michigan: WKAR's Tim Skubick, Detroit Free-Press' Chris Christoff Associated Press' Kathy Barks Hoffman, Gongwer News Service's Stephanie Cepak, Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry, Mlive.com's Peter Luke
Montana: Lee Newspaper's Charles Johnson
New Jersey: Newark Star Ledger's Josh Margolin, Associated Press' Angela Delli Santi
New Mexico: NMPolitics.net's Heath Haussamen
North Dakota: Associated Press' Dale Wetzel
Oklahoma: KOSU's Michael Cross
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Inquirer's Thomas Fitzgerald, Allentown Morning-Call's John Micek
Rhode Island: WRNI's Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay
South Carolina: The State's John O'Connor, Associated Press' Jim Davenport
Texas: Dallas Morning News' Wayne Slater, Houston Chronicle's R.J. Ratcliffe, Austin American-Statesman's Jason Embry, Texas Tribune's Emily Ramshaw, Texas Monthly's Paul Burka, Associated Press' Jay Root, Austin American Statesman's Gardner Selby, Texas Monthly's Patricia Kilday Hart, Dallas Morning News' Christy Hoppe
Vermont: Burlington Free-Press' Samuel Hemingway
Wisconsin: The Wheeler Report's Dick Wheeler
West Virginia: West Virginia Watchdog's Steve Allen Adams
Wyoming: Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck
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