What better way to celebrate Josh Kurtz’s birthday than to support Maryland Matters!We are so grateful to everyone who joined us in honoring Josh, who co-founded, edits and writes for this independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan news site.Many of you sent birthday greetings with a contribution. If you haven’t had a chance to fete Josh and would like to, please see below. — The Maryland Matters TeamThanks to our birthday contributors to date:Alicia La Porte“Happy birthday! Thanks for the great reporting!”Barbara Goldberg GoldmanHappy Birthday! ????Bill Bronrott“Happy Birthday!”Catherine Cecil Happy birthday!”Debra Bruno“Happy birthday to the hardest-working reporter in the biz!”Vincent DeMarco“Go Josh. You are doing a GREAT job!!!”Gene Counihan“Happy Birthday, Josh. You shine brighter than any local journalist.Gail Ewing“Happy Birthday, Josh. All the best for a great year ahead for you and much advancement for Maryland Matters. Great job. Celebrate.”Howard Libit“Happy Birthday, Josh!”Kyle Trygstad“Keep up the great local journalism!”Len Lucchi“Happy birthday!”Melissa Rock“I wouldn’t be nearly as effective in Annapolis without Maryland Matters’ sharp insight into the nitty gritty behind the scene of Md politics!! Thanks!!!”Paul Singer “Happy Birthday, and intensify the struggle on all fronts.”Dave Skysarczyk and Renee Brooker“Happy birthday, Josh!! We support you.”Roslynn Seidenstein“Happy Birthday! Thanks for all you do to enlighten us!”Sheila and Jack Sprague“HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOSH! You’ve always been an honest Maryland icon in our eyes!”Tom Dennison“Happy Birthday, my friend.“Diana and Bill Conway“Thanks for all you do to bring us the news that no one else is covering.”Wanda Hutchinson“Wishing you a wonderful Birthday!”Zoe Kurtz“HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM YOUR FAVORITE DAUGHTER!!” ❤Meg Thale“A well-made birthday cake is a step in the right direction. Happy Birthday!” Dave SonodaEliza KurtzJoseph WyattKevin AdlerJeffrey KurzJeremy KarpatkinCaryl AshreyKathleen Matthews*****Total raised so far: $ 2,806 — With our generous matching grant, that’s $5,612!Thank you for your loyal support!There’s still time to join us in wishing co-founder and editor Josh Kurtz a happy birthday with a generous contribution and a birthday greeting. A tax-deductible contribution to this birthday fundraiser will be doubled, thanks to a generous matching grant.
Founding Editor Josh Kurtz is a veteran chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He was an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, for eight years, and for eight years was the editor of E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill. For 6 1/2 years Kurtz wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz regularly gives speeches and appears on TV and radio shows to discuss Maryland politics.