Maryland Matters is thrilled to announce that three veteran journalists will become regular contributors in January as the Maryland General Assembly and an exciting election year get underway.
The addition of reporters William F. Zorzi and Bruce DePuyt and Associate Editor Angela Breck is part of Maryland Matters’ plan to expand in scope and size.
“As an independent nonprofit and nonpartisan news site, we are deeply grateful for the individuals and foundations who make our growth possible,” said Josh Kurtz, co-founder and editor. “Without sites like ours, a lot of news in and around Maryland would never get covered.”
DePuyt and Zorzi will be based at the State House in Maryland, providing stellar in-depth coverage of day-to-day developments and deeper trends.
“We could not ask for two better or more knowledgeable chroniclers of the Maryland political scene to help burnish our coverage,” Kurtz said.
Zorzi is a former Baltimore Sun reporter and editor who spent nearly 20 years at the paper, focusing on government and politics for most of that time. He first arrived in Annapolis to cover a legislative session in 1988 and was later assigned permanently to The Sun‘s State House bureau. In the 1990s, he wrote a weekly column, “The Political Game,” for the paper.
Zorzi, a Baltimore native, left the newspaper in 2002 to collaborate with another former Sun staffer, David Simon, on several projects. He worked on staff as executive story editor, screenwriter and actor on the acclaimed HBO series, “The Wire,” and was writer and executive producer with Simon on the 2015 HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” which dealt with an explosive housing desegregation case in Yonkers, N.Y., and continues to collaborate on projects with Simon and other journalists.
Most recently, Zorzi taught journalism at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Patty Zorzi, a first grade teacher in the Howard County school system.
As host of the popular “NewsTalk” program on NewsChannel 8 in the Washington, D.C., area for 14 years, DePuyt produced intelligent conversation with political, business and civic leaders; entertainers, sports figures and journalists. DePuyt spends 23 years at the station, logging significant time in the State House.
He began his career at News 21 in Montgomery County, where he served as reporter, anchor and producer/host of “21 This Week.” He then spent a year as reporter/anchor at NBC affiliate WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, Va., before returning to the D.C. region.
DePuyt has been a regular contributor to Maryland Matters since its inception. His story about former Gov. Parris Glendening’s regrets over failing to locate the College Park Metro station on the University of Maryland campus has been our most-read story to date. DePuyt also is the host of the weekly “The Bruce DePuyt Podcast.”
He lives in Washington, D.C., with his husband, Russell Cross, a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s National Health System in D.C.
Breck has a wealth of editorial experience in Southern Maryland and the D.C. suburbs. She is best known for her 17 years as editor of the Maryland Independent in Charles County. She has also been an editor of local editions of The Gazette newspapers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
Breck is currently a contributor to The Lexington Park Leader in St. Mary’s County, and to Southern Maryland – This Is Living.
“Angela is one of those editors who knows everything about the news business and can polish a great story until it shines,” said Kurtz. “Hers in an unseen and unsung – but critically important – job in producing the pithy copy our readers have come to expect.”
A Maryland native, Breck lives in La Plata.
With Breck, DePuyt and Zorzi adding to the regular contributions from Kurtz, co-founder Louis Peck, and other journalists, Maryland Matters is poised to fulfill its goal of becoming the premier source for news about state and local government and politics.
“It’s an honor and a thrill to provide this level of reporting about the state we love,” Kurtz said. “I’m so grateful to our readers and supporters.”