The Fix blog for The Washington Post has a fun tradition: an annual list of best political reporters.
Any such list is subjective, of course. And the list relies heavily on crowdsourcing (because who can regularly read or listen to the political reporting from each and every state). Reporters were nominated through social media and then finalized by The Fix.
We’re proud to have one of West Virginia’s names on the list, Whitney Burdette. This is actually Whitney’s second year in a row to make the list. In between, she had a baby, which is no small feat in itself.
West Virginians apparently came out in droves for Hoppy Kercheval of MetroNews because he’s singled out by The Fix for his large number of mentions. We’re pleased to note that we often run Hoppy’s insightful commentary on our editorial page.
The other reporters representing West Virginia were Phil Kabler and Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette. West Virginia is fortunate to have a vigorous and lively press pool covering what goes on under the dome.
Well done everyone. Now, the Legislature’s in session so get back to work.
The list, now somewhat lengthy, has a distinctly Charleston feel to it. That’s natural since it’s capital reporters covering the Capitol. But if you’re looking for an out-of-Charleston viewpoint, check out the work of Beckley’s Pam Pritt or Parkersburg’s Michael Erb, who covers state issues for the Ogden Newspapers in West Virginia.
And for a new-to-Charleston viewpoint, I’d recommend Joel Ebert, who just got to town but who is doing a bang-up job for the Daily Mail.