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 Ana Faguy, a Maryland resident and student at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and former editor of the student newspaper, The Hawk, as our summer intern.
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, 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 of Delegates
—Andrew Friedson, 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
—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. Steve Silverman, former Montgomery County councilman, former county economic development director
–Hon. Jeffrey Slavin, mayor, Somerset, Md.
–Hon. Chris Trumbauer, Anne Arundel County councilman