Welcome to 50 States of Blue, a national hub for local news and progressive politics from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
50 States of Blue offers fresh, authentic, intelligent voices who can give an insider’s perspective on what’s really going down in local progressive politics and activism.
Our state correspondents actually live in the communities they’re writing about. They have diverse backgrounds and experiences: some are newsroom veterans, while others are activists, academics, or engaged citizens who might be brand-new to journalism.
What they all have in common, however, is a passion for social justice, civic engagement, responsible storytelling, and speaking truth to power.
What’s Local is National
These perspectives are more vital now than ever. Local news coverage is in decline across the United States. Democrats are still struggling to recover from their devastating losses over the past decade, which came about in no small part because the party started prioritizing national politics at the expense of local.
Donald Trump’s election, ironically, helped make local politics great again. His victory shocked many into realizing that change isn’t going to make itself, and that it has to start in our own backyards. New surges of activist energy and local engagement are already propelling Democrats and progressives to major electoral gains, and the 2018 midterm elections could be a game-changer for both local and national politics.
This remarkable moment deserves to be documented, and the issues of this movement deserve to be elevated. But it also deserves credibility and transparency, not cheap shots or partisan hackery.
Our Values and Guiding Principles
50 States of Blue is founded on both strong progressive values and strong journalistic values.
As progressives, we believe in challenging and changing unjust power structures. As journalists, we believe in holding powerful people accountable and promoting the public interest.
These two sets of values intersect in many important ways. We see them as complementary, not contradictory. Both require examining power structures and challenging power players. Both are fundamentally democratic, egalitarian, and devoted to serving the public. Both require a lot of difficult and diligent work to pull off successfully.
And both are under assault in the Trump era.
Points of View Matter
We believe in fairness, accuracy, transparency, and truth, including truths that may be uncomfortable. But we don’t believe in false equivalence, and we don’t believe that a detached, “view from nowhere” air of objectivity is necessarily the best way to serve the public or promote good storytelling.
50 States of Blue unapologetically embraces points of view, especially those of our correspondents. Their personal experiences, political insights, and community connections are tremendously valuable and can’t be found elsewhere.
Our goal is to publish work that is deeply trustworthy, including to people who disagree with us — not because it avoids taking sides or making statements, but because it is always grounded in facts, informed opinions, observations, and critical self-reflection.
We’re incredibly excited to launch this project and watch it grow, and we hope you’ll join us on the journey.
For business inquiries, email here: 50SOB@50statesofblue.com
To write for us, contact us here.
HOWARD MEGDAL | Editor-In-Chief/Founder
Howard Megdal has written for numerous outlets, including The New York Times, POLITICO and Salon. He’s written four books, the most recent “The Cardinals Way”, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2016.
EMILY CROCKETT | Managing Editor
Emily Crockett is an editor and journalist living in Washington, DC. She has worked as a staff writer covering gender issues for Vox.com; a reporter on state and federal reproductive justice issues for Rewire (formerly known as RH Reality Check); and an editor and writer at Generation Progress (formerly known as Campus Progress). Her freelance work has been published at outlets such as Rolling Stone, Vice, In These Times, Alternet, and DCist, and her frequent national media appearances have included NPR, MSNBC, Fox News, and Sirius XMU Radio. She is an alumna of Northwestern University (BA in English and BM in Vocal Performance, 2007), the Fulbright Teaching Assistant program in Germany (2008-2009), and Boston University (Masters of Music in Vocal Performance, 2011), and also works as a professional opera singer and voiceover artist.
JULIA LLINAS GOODMAN | Senior Editor
Julia is a writer and journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. She covers labor, immigration, and civil rights at 50 States of Blue. She’s previously worked at legal newswire Law360 and Jacobin magazine.
GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK | Senior Editor
Gillian McGoldrick is an award-winning journalist, with special interests in politics, solutions, and cities. She can be found wandering Philadelphia with a cup of coffee in hand and a million questions about how we can make our democracy stronger. She has worked most recently at The Week UK, The Philadelphia Citizen, and ABC News.
WENDY THURM | Legal Editor
Wendy Thurm is a writer and activist. She practiced law for 18 years, mostly in private practice in San Francisco, with a short stint in government during the Clinton Administration. She’s also worked on political campaigns and for non-profits. She loves coffee, the San Francisco Giants and travel.
JEB LUND | Spectacle of Trump Editor
Jeb Lund has written for many outlets, including Rolling Stone, The Guardian and Sports on Earth.
KIM IVERSEN | Video Director/Host
EMILY SEGROVES | Video Editor
JEFF MARTIN | Alabama
AARON HEINRICH | California
ISH GREEN | California
CHASE WOODRUFF | Colorado
ALYSA AURIEMMA | Connecticut
BERNIE DENNLER | Connecticut
REED HENNESSY | Georgia
JUSTIN EBERT | Georgia
JOHN BRESLIN | Illinois
JULIA PASSWATER | Indiana
RONDA BOWEN | Kansas
MIKE STAGG | Louisiana
BRIAN HANNON | Maine
SEAN MASLIN | Maryland
GEORGE BULLEN | Massachusetts
JON COUMES | Michigan
ANDREW HUDDLESTON | Michigan
ALEX SINGER | Nevada
LISA MILBRAND | New Jersey
WALTER YEATES | North Carolina
SHARESE HARDAWAY | North Carolina
STEPHANIE PHELPS | Ohio
STEPHEN SILVER | Pennsylvania
JANE HUTCHINSON | Washington
TAMAR AUBER | West Virginia
CHRIS WALKER | Wisconsin
ADAM BEST | CEO/Founder
10UP | Technology Partner
More partnerships and hires coming soon!