New editor-publisher takes over MarylandReporter.com

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In Annapolis, from left, Len Lazarick, Regina Holmes, Tim Maier, and Bryan Renbaum. MarylandReporter.com photo

By Len Lazarick

Len@MarylandReporter.com

Longtime journalist Tim Maier is the new executive editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com, taking over day-to-day operations after my 10 years at the helm of the site I founded in 2009.

I will remain as president of the nonprofit corporation and am now chairman of its board. I will continue to write for the website and contribute in other ways with fundraising and business functions. 

Tim and I worked together at the Baltimore Examiner from 2006 to 2009. Tim was the managing editor and I was the State House bureau chief.

Tim founded the website Baltimore Post-Examiner in 2012, where he used much of the original content produced by Maryland Reporter as well as original content from former Washington Post, New York Times and Baltimore Examiner reporters.

Tim was previously the executive editor and CEO of Talk Media News, a Washington-based national news organization that provides news and analysis to more than 400 radio stations nationwide. He served as one of the founding editors of the Washington Examiner, and worked as a reporter for the Prince George’s Journal and Patuxent Publishing and Baltimore Business Journal.

Tim will bring fresh energy and creativity to the website, which serves hundreds of thousands of readers per year, while maintaining its focus on accountability on how Maryland tax dollars are raised and spent. Tim can be reached at Tim@MarylandReporter.com.

Joining Tim will be managing editor Regina Holmes, a veteran journalist who worked with us at the Baltimore Examiner as an assistant managing editor. Regina was most recently the managing editor at Talk Media News and also has worked as an assistant city editor at Newsday and an assistant business editor at the Miami Herald. She also co-launched an award-winning investigative news website that tackled police and political corruption in Baltimore. Regina can be reached at Regina@MarylandReporter.com.

Also joining us is reporter Bryan Renbaum, who worked for Tim as a Capitol Hill reporter at Talk Media News for nearly four years and reported at MarylandReporter.com and the Baltimore Post-Examiner. Stories he broke at BPE prompted ABC’s “Good Morning America” to interview him. Bryan has covered congressional reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the confirmation hearings of attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, presidential debates, and interviewed several high-profile political figures. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@MarylandReporter.com.

State Roundup, newsletter continues

As it has 2,500 times since it began in November 2009, MarylandReporter.com will continue to produce a daily State Roundup of news on Maryland government and politics from legacy news sites and blogs across the state. The morning newsletter will go out as usual. 

Roundup editor Cynthia Prairie will continue to edit the roundup as she has for eight years. Cynthia worked with me at Patuxent Publishing, and has worked as an editor for the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times and the Prince George’s Journal. Cynthia can be reached at cynthiaprairie@gmail.com.

Associate editor Meg Tully will continue to help with the roundup and other editing and writing duties. Meg is a former reporter at the Frederick News-Post and Hanover Evening Sun. Meg can reached at megctully@gmail.com.

As you can see from these brief descriptions, all these folks are experienced journalists who embrace the value that facts matter. They also believe that all voices need to be heard.

Last year’s session of the Maryland General Assembly was the 15th in a row I’ve covered – although I was distracted by teaching East Asian history at Howard Community College, one of my other passions in life. I’ve long believed in term limits, and 15 years is about long enough covering a legislature where many of the same issues come back year after year.

Also, in my four decades in Maryland journalism, being editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com for 10 years is the longest I’ve had a single job and title. Several of the publications I’ve worked for are defunct or mere shadows of their former journalistic quality.

I didn’t want to see that happen at MarylandReporter.com, and it was time for new editorial leadership. We are the original nonprofit news website covering Maryland government and politics, and there is no less need for our work than there was when we started in 2009.

Thanks to our readers, to the 10 foundations that have funded us along the way, to the hundreds of donors who have kept us going. We hope you’ll continue to support us in this important work.