Happy Birthday to Us!

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    On March 1, 2017, Maryland Matters debuted — a scruffy-looking blog populated by volunteers.

    Look at us now!

    We’ve come a long way in three years. We’re a full-throttled news operation, with four full-time editorial employees, a full-time publisher/business manager/marketing director, and an assortment of valued contributors.

    Most days, we do very good work.

    We’re not in start-up mode anymore, but we’re still very much a young and imperfect operation. We’re scrappy. We hustle.

    We’ve got very little infrastructure. What you see and read on our website every day is the product of the work of very few people. Sometimes, we work ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Yet it’s very much a labor of love. This is something we believe in.

    The news business has changed drastically in the past few years. And the conditions that compelled us to start Maryland Matters in the first place — shrinking coverage of state and local government, in Maryland and across the country — have only accelerated since we launched. So we’re glad that we’re here.

    Operating a nonprofit news operation comes with its own set of challenges. But quite simply, we couldn’t do what we do without your support.

    So thank you!

    Thank you for reading. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for your donations.

    As always, we value your feedback. Please pass along story ideas, and never hesitate to tell us what we ought to be doing better.

    We look forward to growing and improving in Year #4. And we’re grateful to have you along for the ride with us. As our late co-founder Keith Haller always said, “onward and upward!”

    Josh Kurtz
    Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading 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 later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.