21st Century State & Local provides an honest, data-driven view into hot-button technology issues facing state and local governments. We are connected to an extensive network of national IT policymakers. This enables us to not only report on the latest issues but also investigate proposed solutions, expose potential pitfalls, and recommend best practices unlike any other publication. 21st Century State & Local is a publishing arm of MeriTalk, a private-public partnership.

21st Century State & Local Editorial Team

Dan Verton, Executive Editor

Dan is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of reporting, writing, editing and multimedia experience working in the nation’s capital.

He earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and his work has been recognized by some of the top journalism competitions in the country, including the first place 2003 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for Best News Reporting — the highest award in the nation for business/trade journalism.

Dan is a former intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps and has consulted and produced security training programs for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, and the AMTRAK Police Department’s Special Operations Mobile Tactical Unit.

He’s written four books, including The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers and Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism, both published by McGraw-Hill. His journalism career includes senior reporting and editing positions at Computerworld, Federal Computer Week, Homeland Security Today, AOL Government and others.

Coverage: Defense & Intelligence, DHS, OMB, Veterans Affairs, and The Situation Report Column.

Linda Tufano, Chief Copy and Production Editor

Linda has been a journalist for more than 30 years, including 26 years at USA TODAY as an assignment editor and copy editor. She has written for Industry Dive, a digital media company focusing on business news. Linda earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Linda also has worked at AARP, Gannett News Service, the Rockford Register Star, St. Cloud Times, and Decatur Herald & Review.

Jessie Bur, Technology Reporter

Jessie Bur is a 21st Century State & Local Technology Reporter.

Kate DeNardi,  Assistant Copy & Production Editor

Kate DeNardi is a Staff Reporter for 21st Century State & Local.

Eleanor Lamb, Staff Reporter

Eleanor Lamb is a Staff Reporter for 21st Century State & Local.

Morgan Lynch, Staff Reporter

Morgan Lynch is a Staff Reporter for 21st Century State & Local.

Regular Contributors

Diana Manos

Diana has more than 20 years of experience as a news reporter, including 18 years covering Capitol Hill and 8 years of B2B reporting experience. She wrote regularly for Congressional Quarterly’s “Connectivity,” a tip blog for government relations professionals and Healthcare IT News.

Other experience includes Daily news reporting and editing for a group of B2B publications on healthcare and IT policy, where she covered Capitol Hill, the White House and the Federal regulatory beat.

Robin Tiberio

Robin Tiberio

Robin Tiberio is a Staff Reporter for 21st Century State & Local.