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At Maryland Matters, We’re Growing

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Maryland Matters is starting the new year with new staffers — a sign of our growth and our commitment to providing the best coverage of government and politics in the state.

It’s also a tribute to the support we’ve received from our readers and donors. Thank you for believing in us and for supporting our work! We could not be expanding without you.

Since the new year, we’ve added a full-time reporter, a part-time editor, and an editorial intern who will help us cover the General Assembly session. Meet our new colleagues:

Hannah Gaskill, reporter

Hannah Gaskill received her master’s of journalism degree in December 2019 from the University of Maryland. She previously worked on the print layout design team at The Diamondback, reported on criminal justice in the state of Maryland for Capital News Service and served as a production assistant for The Confluence — the daily news magazine on 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR member station. Gaskill has had bylines in The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune, among other publications.

Before pursuing journalism, she received her bachelor’s of fine art degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016. She grew up in Ocean City.

At Maryland Matters, Gaskill will be covering health care, education and equity issues, among others.

Margie Hyslop, associate editor

Margie Hyslop has covered government and politics in Maryland, Virginia and the national capital region for decades, working for the Gazette of Politics and Business, The Washington Times and The Montgomery Journal. She began that career on her native Eastern Shore. Her work has also appeared in The Daily Record and The Frederick News-Post.

At Maryland Matters, Hyslop, who covered several legislative sessions in Annapolis, will be providing part-time deadline editing and will also edit some commentaries.

Samantha Hawkins, reporting intern
Samantha Hawkins is a current journalism masters student at the University of Maryland. She has previously reported for The Diamondback, covered the Oregon State Legislature for the The Statesman Journal, and covered the Maryland congressional delegation for Capital News Service.
Hawkins will be in Annapolis part-time for Maryland Matters, focusing primarily on environmental and immigration issues
Gaskill, Hyslop and Hawkins join a news team that includes Editor Josh Kurtz, Managing Editor Angela Breck, reporters Bruce DePuyt and Danielle E. Gaines, and senior contributor William F. Zorzi. Publisher Margaret Thale runs the business side of our operation.


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