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We’re thrilled to announce that Hawver’s Capitol Report (HCR) — which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year—has become part of a growing national team of reporters and editors covering state governments around the country! We’ve joined State Affairs, a digital news company with a mission to be the trusted source of non-partisan news on state governments; news that inspires conversation and informs decision-making.
What does this mean for you?
On a day-to-day, it’s business as usual, only now we have new resources and capabilities to continue driving value for our subscribers, including an enhanced website that we’re currently building and more opportunities for Hawver’s Capitol Report to provide increased in-depth coverage of issues important to Kansans.
What does this mean for us?
Hawver’s Capitol Report — and that means Martin and Vickie — will continue providing stories, columns and daily updates on Kansas state government from right here in Topeka. Joining us in leading Kansas coverage under State Affairs is Alison Bethel, a veteran journalist and State Affairs’ editor-in-chief.
Vickie will wind down her work on HCR over the course of this year and is looking forward to other writing projects. Martin will continue to work full-time this year and then part-time in the coming years for HCR. Currently covering his 47th Kansas legislative session, Martin will be able to work fewer hours in the future, yet continue at the job he loves — because everybody knows he couldn’t retire worth a damn.
Our story continues …
We set out 30 years ago to change how state politics was covered in Kansas. After leaving daily journalism at a legacy publication, we took the opportunity to self-publish and carve out a niche. As our careers wind down, we wondered about our legacies — whether Hawver’s Capitol Report would continue and who would run it.
We are convinced that State Affairs offers the best legacy platform for Hawver’s Capitol Report. It is a 21st Century media model that will allow us to accomplish our late-career goals and add investigative reporting resources to our state. Joining forces with a company as passionate about quality journalism as we are will allow us to help designate a successor who will carry on our mission, which is to leave behind a more informed and inspired citizenry. State Affairs also will hire senior reporters to do enterprise and investigative stories of importance to Kansans.
We want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for putting your trust in us over the last 30 years and bringing us to where we are today. We come to work every day for you. We are committed to making quality journalism about the state government easily accessible for you. And so is our new family at State Affairs. This commitment is stronger than ever during this exciting time.
We are thrilled about the next chapter for HCR. Stay tuned to see where our growth and innovation take you from here.