On May 28, Maryland Matters reporter Danielle E. Gaines and her husband welcomed their daughter Leela into the world.
May 28 was Danielle’s due date, and Leela arrived at 11:44 p.m., meaning the kid just made deadline — fitting for a journalist’s baby. And her arrival was a milestone for our young publication: Leela is the first Maryland Matters baby.
We’ve soldiered on without Danielle for three months, and we’re sure you’ve missed her byline — and her smart, comprehensive and strategic coverage of so many important topics.
So we’re thrilled to welcome her back — in a new role. Danielle today becomes Maryland Matters‘ deputy editor, where she’ll become an integral part of planning and putting together our daily news report, will work to establish new features on our website, and will help us grow and improve internally and externally.
Danielle will continue to do some writing and reporting, but will now mostly focus on guiding and refining our coverage. And she’ll add more muscle to our already strong editing corps: veteran Maryland journalists Angela Breck and Margie Hyslop will continue to help us on the editing front, part-time.
This is an important moment in Maryland Matters‘ history — and I know I speak for all my colleagues by saying how lucky we are to be working with Danielle.
Danielle has now spent a decade working in Maryland journalism, the past two years with Maryland Matters. She was the lead political and state government reporter for The Frederick News-Post, where she also covered courts and criminal justice issues. She also reported for Bethesda Beat and 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.
Danielle has a BA in political science and psychology from the University of Illinois and an MS in journalism from Columbia University.
But the credentials are only a small part of the story. Most important, Danielle is a great partner, mentor and friend.
— Josh Kurtz