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.
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.
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.
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.
Elaine S. Povich
Elaine S. Povich covers consumer affairs for Stateline. Povich has reported for Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and United Press International. She also has worked as a freelancer for the Washington Post, the Fiscal Times, Governing, Kiplinger and AARP Bulletin. She has written three books, including "John McCain: American Maverick," and is at work on a fourth. 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 minorities excel in the field of journalism through internships in Washington, D.C. A native of Bath, Maine, Povich graduated from Cornell University and holds a Master's Certificate in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Maryland.
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.
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.
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.