Stateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Since its founding in 1998, Stateline has maintained a commitment to the highest standards of nonpartisanship, objectivity and integrity. Its team of journalists combines original reporting with a roundup of the latest news from sources around the country.
In 2023, Stateline transitioned from its longtime home at The Pew Charitable Trusts to States Newsroom. The announcement of the transition is here.
Stateline is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. Stateline retains editorial independence.
Scott S. Greenberger
Scott S. Greenberger is the executive editor of Stateline. Greenberger leads a team of journalists who report on state politics and policy in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Before joining Stateline, Greenberger was a staff writer at The Boston Globe, where he covered education, served as City Hall bureau chief, and was the primary policy reporter in the Globe’s State House bureau. He wrote about city and state politics, budgets, health care, crime, housing and economic development. Previously, Greenberger was a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, where he covered a wide range of city and state issues and traveled withTexas Gov. George W. Bush on the presidential campaign trail. He is the author of The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur and the co-author, with former Sen. Tom Daschle, of The New York Times best-seller Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis. Greenberger graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University and earned a master’s degree in international relations from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
Barbara Barrett is the managing editor of Stateline. Before joining Stateline, Barrett was national editor at McClatchy’s Washington bureau, where she worked with reporters covering Congress and the federal government for the chain’s 30 newsrooms around the country, including the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star and The Sacramento Bee. She previously was the Washington correspondent and state roving reporter for The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina, and has worked as a reporter or editor for the York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record, the Tampa Bay (Florida) Times and the Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer. Her work includes coverage of state and local policy, veterans affairs, rural issues, immigration, occasional sports events and a lot of hurricanes. She covered the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and was part of the team at The N&O that was a finalist for the Pulitzer for its coverage of Hurricane Floyd. Barrett is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Deputy Managing Editor
Noelle Straub is the deputy managing editor of Stateline. Before joining Stateline, she edited and reported for E&E News, guiding stories for three daily publications with unparalleled environmental and energy coverage. After reporting on public lands battles and then helping run the congressional team at E&E, she launched an innovative natural resources team including reporters across the country. She also has extensive experience covering national politics and policy, serving as Washington correspondent for six Lee newspapers in Montana and Wyoming and for the Boston Herald, for whom she spent much of 2004 on the presidential campaign trail. Previously she was the lead Senate reporter for The Hill and got her start in journalism at a small weekly paper in her native Wisconsin. Over her career she has written about everything from health care and taxes to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and Friday night football. She graduated from the College of William and Mary and earned a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.
Alex Brown covers environmental issues for Stateline, reporting from Washington state. Prior to joining Stateline, Brown wrote for The Chronicle in Lewis County, Washington state. He’s won awards for investigative reporting and feature writing from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association. In 2017, Brown thru-hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which traverses mountain ranges from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. He previously was a congressional correspondent for National Journal, where he covered energy and environment, technology and campaigns. Brown graduated from Union University and is a native of Michigan.
Newsletter Producer/Breaking News Reporter
Madyson Fitzgerald is the newsletter producer and breaking news reporter for Stateline. A Virginia native, Madyson has worked with a number of local news organizations including the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Henrico Citizen. While earning a degree in journalism and leadership studies at the University of Richmond, she contributed to The Collegian, the school's independent newspaper. Her work there, ranging from campus issues regarding race to university donors with controversial pasts, earned her regional awards through the Society of Professional Journalists. Madyson lives just outside Richmond, Virginia.
Kevin Hardy covers business, labor and rural issues for Stateline from the Midwest. Before joining Stateline, he covered business and the economy for The Kansas City Star. At The Star, Hardy was part of an award-winning team that uncovered the biggest land grab on Kansas City’s poor East Side since the creation of the suburbs and part of a team that investigated the safety shortcomings of American freight railroads after a deadly train crash in rural Missouri. Previously, he worked at the Des Moines Register and the Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times Free Press. Hardy has covered everything from snake-handling churches in the South to presidential campaigning ahead of the Iowa caucuses. His work has won numerous local and national journalism awards, including a National Headliner Award for best political coverage and the Gerald A. Renner Award for Excellence in Enterprise Reporting from the Religion News Association.
Nada Hassanein is a health care reporter for Stateline covering state policy decisions with a focus on inequities. Throughout her journalism career, Nada has sought to shed light on underreported issues affecting diverse communities. Previously, she was USA Today's national environmental and health inequities reporter. Her in-depth reporting included coverage of rural and maternal health inequities, systemic racism and health, environmental and climate justice, and disparities in health outcomes and health care access. Prior, she was a social issues reporter at the Tallahassee Democrat, writing features on immigration, health and domestic violence.
Tim Henderson covers demographics for Stateline. He has been a reporter at the Miami Herald, the Cincinnati Enquirer and The Journal News in suburban New York. Henderson became fascinated with census data in the early 1990s, when AOL offered the first computerized reports. Since then he has broken stories about population trends in South Florida, including a housing affordability analysis included in the 2007 Pulitzer-winning series "House of Lies" for the Miami Herald, and a prize-winning analysis of public pension irregularities for The Journal News. He has been a member and trainer for the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting since its inception 20 years ago, specializing in online data access and visualization along with demographics.
Amanda Hernández covers criminal justice for Stateline. Amanda has reported for both national and local outlets, including ABC News, USA Today and NBC4 Washington. She graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in journalism and information science. She holds a deep passion for all things data journalism, and enjoys designing interactive news applications and visualizations. Amanda is also a proud member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Carol Johnson is the copy editor of Stateline. Before joining Stateline, she worked for the Tribune News Service news wire, where she handled daily news and news features stories, as well as opinion pieces. She previously worked for The Washington Times as a metro desk editor, where she oversaw special projects, including the award-winning story "Twist of Fate." Johnson also has done work for a play publisher, editing plays designed for school and community theaters. A Colorado native, she graduated from Colorado State University and currently lives in Chicago.
Elaine S. Povich
Elaine S. Povich covers education and consumer affairs for Stateline. Povich, a veteran Washington journalist, has reported for Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and United Press International. She also has contributed freelance stories for the Washington Post, the Fiscal Times, Governing and Kiplinger, among others. She has written four books, including "John McCain: American Maverick," and is at work on a fifth. She is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland. Povich received the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for her work on how the personal health care stories of members of Congress affect policy. She is a past president of the Washington Press Club Foundation, which helps young women and members of underrepresented communities excel in the field of journalism through internships in Washington, D.C. A native of Bath, Maine, Povich received a bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Robbie Sequeira is a staff writer covering housing and social services for Stateline. He's covered a variety of issues, from decisions in state and local government to the everyday lives of residents in Minnesota, Iowa, Georgia and his hometown, The Bronx. In his six-year career, Sequeira has earned awards for reporting on labor issues, homelessness and politics. A massive Yankee and reality TV show fan, Robbie is always eager to connect with those who have a tip or a story to share.
Lindsey Van Ness
Assistant Production Editor/Staff Writer
Lindsey Van Ness is an assistant production editor and staff writer for Stateline. Previously Lindsey reported on public safety issues at LNP and LancasterOnline in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She received the Emerging Journalist Award from Pennsylvania’s media association in 2018. Lindsey holds a communication degree from Lancaster Bible College.
Matt Vasilogambros covers voting rights, gun laws and Western climate policy for Stateline. He was a finalist for the 2021 Toner Prizes for Excellence in Political Reporting for his analysis of polling place access in a joint project with the Center for Public Integrity. Prior to joining Stateline in 2018, he was a writer and editor at The Atlantic, where he covered national politics and demographic trends. He was previously a staff correspondent for National Journal, reporting on campaigns and national policy, along with the White House and Congress. He has written for Outside and Backpacker magazines and is a seasoned public radio guest. In 2017, he completed the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. He lives in San Diego, California, with his fiancé and cat. He is a graduate of Drake University and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Anna Claire Vollers
Anna Claire Vollers covers health care for Stateline. She has nearly 20 years’ experience reporting across the American South, specializing in stories about women, children and families. Before joining Stateline, she worked for outlets including AL.com, Reckon and The Birmingham News. Her investigative work has led to state policy and legal changes on issues such as unregulated day cares, teen boot camps and maternal health care. In 2017, she uncovered accusers of Alabama state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore during his U.S. Senate run. She has won national and regional awards for her reporting and feature writing. Anna Claire holds degrees in journalism and English from Auburn University and lives in Alabama.