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Dear Maryland Matters Reader,

I’m often asked how I feel, as founding editor of Maryland Matters, about the emergence of the Baltimore Banner, a news site slated to debut next year and seeded by Maryland businessman and philanthropist Stewart Bainum.

As a citizen and as a journalist, I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I welcome Mr. Bainum and his colleagues to the world of nonprofit news in Maryland.

I value another news outlet that will inform Maryland citizens and hold the powerful to account. For too long, news from Annapolis and communities across the state was diminishing. Maryland Matters was conceived to fill that gap in news.

And as one of the people who built Maryland Matters from nothing — who has toiled endlessly to make our news site what it is today — I’m naturally a little envious of the investment Mr. Bainum is making: an estimated $50 million over five years.

But I’m proud of what my colleagues and I have built with a fraction of that.

I’m honored that you have supported our work. As a small nonprofit, we couldn’t have done this without our loyal readers and supporters.

For that, I will always be grateful.

You count on Maryland Matters for incisive reporting.

Can I count on you to support our work and contribute today?

Through December 31, your tax-deductible contribution up to $1,000 will be doubled, thanks to a matching grant.

The media landscape in Maryland may be changing. But our commitment to our readers and the citizens of Maryland is unwavering.

We can’t wait to bring you critical news in the year ahead — legislative developments, the 2022 elections, climate change and health — and the toll COVID-19 continues to take on our most vulnerable people.

Thanks again for reading — and supporting — Maryland Matters.

In this frenzied season, I hope you’re able to find a few moments of peace and much good health.

With much gratitude,

Josh Kurtz

Founding Editor

P.S. Maryland Matters is small and scrappy, reporting news you won’t find anywhere else.

If you count on our coverage, I hope I can count on you to support our work with a tax-deductible contribution today. Until Dec. 31, your gift will be doubled. Thanks!


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