Who’s the new WV statehouse reporter?

November 14, 2014 by Brad McElhinny
Joel Ebert

Joel Ebert

Meet Joel Ebert, the latest addition to the Charleston Daily Mail reporting staff.

His job prior to this was with the Capital Journal in Pierre, S.D. Part of his role in Pierre was covering state government.

With the Daily Mail, Joel will be covering West Virginia government, including the governor, the Legislature, state agencies and the congressional delegation. He’ll be partnered up with Whitney Burdette, who also covers those areas.

Name:  Joel Ebert

Lives in: Charleston’s East End

Hometown: Chicago

Position at the Daily Mail:  Statehouse reporter

Graduated from: University of Illinois at Chicago

With a degree in: English

Twitter handle: @joelebert29

1. What was your first job? Golf caddy at Medinah Country Club (in Illinois)

2. What made you want to become a journalist? Reading travel and investigative stories

3. What do you like most about your job? The least? Not knowing where or what I’m going to be covering and where it might take me. Being in an office

4. What do you do in your spare time? Play basketball, racquetball, chess, NHL 94; make music, read, kayak, watch St. Louis Cardinals baseball

5. What’s your favorite journalistic effort you’ve produced? A story about taking a two-day kayaking trip. And writing/helping design a 3,000 word story on Essential Air Service subsidies.

fedora6. Name a personal item that is or will be on your desk: A fedora

7. Your favorite blog you read or Twitter feed you follow: Capitolfax.com

8. What’s your favorite TV show? Book? Homicide/The Wire. 1984

9. What’s your favorite place in West Virginia? Don’t know enough about West Virginia yet

10. What’s one newsroom quirk you were surprised about? How often Kroger or food is brought up

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One Response to “Who’s the new WV statehouse reporter?”

  1. Welcome to Charleston, Joel. I’m retired these days and living in Charleston where I was the AP COB in the mid-80s, but I was also the statehouse correspondent for the AP in Pierre back in the days of Janklow. If you’re interested in chatting over a cup of coffee, give me a call at 304/982-5544.

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