Who We Are

Co-founder 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 since August 2010 has been the editor of E&E Daily, overseeing a staff of 20 reporters for a premium, subscription-only publication that covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. He has given numerous speeches and appeared on several TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.


Co-founder Louis Peck is the founding editor of National Journal’s CongressDaily, 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.


Co-founder Keith Haller is a veteran communications and political professional who has run his own public affairs and polling company in Bethesda for 30 years. He regularly offers independent analysis on Maryland elections and politics for the media, and his services and wisdom are regularly in demand by Fortune 500 companies, government leaders, political campaigns, and nonprofit groups.


We are also pleased to have accomplished broadcast journalist Bruce DePuyt as a regular contributor to Maryland Matters. DePuyt spent more than two decades on local television, including 14 years as host of “News Talk” on Newschannel 8.


And we’re very pleased to have Meghan Thompson, a Harford County resident and sophomore at the University of Maryland, as our intern this fall. Meghan is majoring in journalism and political science.

We are also getting regular contributions from Samuel Manas, a recent UMBC graduate who has interned at the Baltimore City Paper and WYPR-FM, and from Genevieve Kurtz and BJ Darden, senior communications majors at Salisbury University.


We also have an impressive and growing Steering Committee. The members as of this date are:

–Hon. Michael Barnes, former congressman

Angela Breck, former editor, Maryland Independent in Charles County

–Hon. Bill Bronrott, former state delegate; former senior U.S. Department of Transportation official

Bonnie Casper, immediate past president, Maryland Association of Realtors

Richard Cross, political analyst and former speechwriter to Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R)

Tom Dennison, lobbyist and communications director, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative; former State House bureau chief, Gazette Newspapers

–Hon. Valerie Ervin, former Montgomery County councilwoman

Adrianne Flynn, University of Maryland journalism professor and former director of the University of Maryland Capital News Service

Len Foxwell, chief of staff, Maryland Comptroller’s Office

–Hon. Bill Frick, Maryland House Majority Leader

Andrew Friedson, former senior adviser, Maryland Comptroller’s Office

Curtis Johnson, founder and former director, New Leaders Council, Maryland chapter

Hamza Khan, president, Muslim Democratic Club of Montgomery County

Joel Kirkland, deputy editor, Energy Wire

Howard Libit, executive director, Baltimore Jewish Council

Leonard Lucchi, attorney and lobbyist, former president, Maryland Government Relations Association

–Hon. Connie Morella, former member of Congress

Adam Pagnucco, political commentator and strategist

Tyler Patton, vice president, Maryland Rural Broadband Coalition

–Hon. Jeffrey Slavin, mayor, Somerset, Md.

–Meg Thale, political fundraiser, former journalist and Capitol Hill aide

–Hon. Chris Trumbauer, Anne Arundel County councilman