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Welcome to Maryland Matters, the premier site for news about Maryland government and politics.

Maryland Matters is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan news site.  We are not the arm of a profit-seeking corporation.  Nor do we have a paywall — we want to keep our work open to as many people as possible.  So we rely on the generosity of individuals and foundations.

Years ago, healthy competition for news out of Annapolis and across the state produced robust coverage.  But the media landscape has changed.  Papers have closed.  Suburban bureaus have shut down.  Reporting staffs have shrunk.  Coverage of state and local news has all but disappeared.

Maryland Matters seeks to fill the void with original reporting and commentary. 

As the Maryland legislature opened in 2018, we expanded our staff and our coverage.  We are deeply grateful to the many kind donors who made this possible.

And with sustained support, we intend to continue our comprehensive coverage — from Ocean City to Oakland, from Capitol Hill to the State House to Baltimore City Hall. We will cover all the important issues: education and transportation, poverty and health care, energy and the environment, the business community and organized labor, and of course, politics.  Maryland citizens will have to news they need to hold their government and elected officials accountable.

Without independent news sites like Maryland Matters, a lot of stories will never be told. 

If you like what you read, please consider contributing to Maryland Matters.  Your online contribution is secure and tax-deductible. Or you may mail a contribution check, made out to the Maryland Matters Fund, to Maryland Matters, P.O. Box 11121, Takoma Park, MD 20913.

Maryland Matters is a nonprofit entity, meaning we can solicit and accept tax-deductible contributions through the Greater Washington Community Foundation, which is serving as our fiscal sponsor. We are members of the Institute for Nonprofit News, and we are exploring the process of creating our own 501(c)(3) for tax purposes, and will release a list of our donors when that process is complete. 

We also welcome news tips, gossip, and all feedback.

Thank you for reading!


Co-Founder + Editor
All stories by Josh

Co-founder and 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 also 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 Kurtz 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.

Managing Editor
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Managing Editor Angela Breck is best known for her 17 years as editor of the Maryland Independent in Charles County. She also has been an editor of local editions of The Gazette newspapers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.  She is currently a contributor to The Lexington Park Leader in St. Mary’s County, and to Southern Maryland — This Is Living.

All stories by Bruce

Bruce DePuyt spent nearly three decades on local television, including 14 years as executive producer and host of News Talk on NewsChannel 8 in the Washington, D.C., area. He has served as reporter, anchor and producer/host of 21 This Week in Montgomery County and as reporter/anchor at NBC affiliate WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, Va. He's a regular contributor to WTOP (103.5 FM) and frequently moderates community and political events.

All stories by Danielle

Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post – as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.

Senior Contributor
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Bill Zorzi was a Baltimore Sun reporter and editor for nearly 20 years, focusing on government and politics. An Annapolis bureau veteran, he wrote a weekly column, "The Political Game" for the paper. Zorzi and another former Sun reporter, David Simon, are longtime collaborators on acclaimed television projects, including the HBO series, "The Wire," and the HBO miniseries "Show Me a Hero," which dealt with an explosive housing desegregation case in Yonkers, NY.

Senior Contributor
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Robin Bravender is the Newsroom's Washington, D.C., bureau chief. She has previously reported for E&E News, Politico and Reuters TV.

All stories by Frank

Frank A. DeFilippo is an award-winning political commentator who lives and writes in Baltimore. DeFilippo, who pens a weekly column for Maryland Matters, has been writing about the comic opera of politics for more than 50 years. He reported on the Maryland General Assembly for 10 years before joining the administration of former Gov. Marvin Mandel (D) as press secretary and speechwriter. Between times, he was a White House correspondent during the administration of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, and he has covered six national political conventions. DeFilippo is the author of “Hooked,” an alleged work of fiction, and an unpublished manuscript, “Shiksa: The Rise and Fall of Marvin Mandel.”

All stories by Marice

Marice I. Morales writes a regular column for Maryland Matters. She is an attorney and former state legislator who represented Montgomery County in the House of Delegates.

All stories by Louis

Co-founder Louis Peck is the founding editor of National Journal’s Congress Daily, who, over nearly two decades, built the publication into essential reading for members of Congress and their staffs, along with lawyers, lobbyists, businesses, advocates and federal officials. He is now a contributing editor for Bethesda Magazine, providing comprehensive and sophisticated coverage of Montgomery County politics, and is a contributor to the Almanac of American Politics.

Reporting Intern
All stories by Meghan

Reporting intern Meghan Thompson is a Harford County resident and a senior at the University of Maryland. Meghan is majoring in journalism and political science and has also held an editorial internship at Baltimore Style magazine.

In Memoriam

Keith Haller (1948-2018)


Co-founder Keith Haller was a longtime communications and political professional who ran his own public affairs and polling company in Bethesda for 30 years after a career in government and politics. He offered independent analysis on Maryland elections and politics for the media, and his services and wisdom were regularly in demand by Fortune 500 companies, government leaders, political campaigns and nonprofit groups.

Keith was an integral part of the early planning and strategizing for Maryland Matters whose ideas and encouragement were invaluable. We miss him terribly.