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Robert Zullo

Robert Zullo

Robert spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers before becoming editor of the Virginia Mercury in 2018. He was a staff writer and managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., before spending five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. A former waiter, armored car guard and appliance deliveryman, he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Contact him at [email protected]

‘Resilience in the face of horror and pain’: Emancipation and Freedom Monument unveiled in Richmond

By: - September 22, 2021

Just weeks after the last Confederate statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue was removed, a long-anticipated monument to emancipation was unveiled Wednesday on Brown’s Island. “Resilience in the face of horror and pain is what this day is all about, which is why a little rain and a train are not gonna stop us,” State Sen. […]

Pediatricians join call for masking in schools as conservatives chafe at governor’s ‘mandate’

By: - August 10, 2021

With many students about to head back to classes later this month, the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics says all children, regardless of vaccine status, should wear masks indoors in school. “This is based on the observation that COVID-19 infection rates are rapidly increasing across the commonwealth, the Delta variant is more […]

Mercury reporter wins prestigious environmental reporting award

By: - August 5, 2021

The Mercury’s Sarah Vogelsong took first-place honors in a prestigious contest that recognizes outstanding environmental journalism. Vogelsong won first-place in the “Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Small” category in the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Awards for Reporting on the Environment contest. The winning entry was “Virginia’s Clean Energy Transition,” a five-part series on the landmark Virginia Clean […]

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New Kent whistleblower, insurance for undocumented pregnant women, Va. is for lovers, and more headlines

By: - July 26, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A woman from New Kent is preparing to go to prison for leaking confidential information from the Treasury Department to reporters that reveaed how “powerful global banks knowingly profit from corruption and how authorities around the world allow the dark economy to […]

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COVID shots at colleges, NRA skips Youngkin for endorsement, ‘Roller Dude’ is back, and more headlines

By: - July 23, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Gov. Ralph Northam said he’s leaving the decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccination up to colleges and universities.—VPM • The National Rifle Association skipped over GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, even as it endorsed other Republican candidates on the ticket.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Police […]

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Va. info for sale on dark web; Unemployment complaints; Blocking broadband and more

By: - July 16, 2021

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A listing on a “dark web” marketplace, “a kind of back-alley eBay specializing in the sale of leaked and hacked information,” offered a trove of information from the Virginia Defense Force, a group of volunteers that supports the state National Guard.—WHRO • With thousands of […]

Court rejects challenge to Virginia’s carbon rule

By: - July 16, 2021

Richmond’s circuit court has a rejected a challenge filed by a group representing Virginia manufacturers who sought to thwart the state’s entry into a regional carbon-trading network. The Virginia Manufacturers Association alleged the state Department of Environmental Quality had violated the state Administrative Process Act when it revised regulations that brought Virginia into the Regional […]

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Ex-Rocky Mount police officer seeks release from jail, Va. budget surplus swells to $2.6 billion, Nelson County residents celebrate pipeline cancellation, and more headlines

By: - July 15, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The ex-Rocky Mount police officer who participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is seeking his release from jail. “Mr. Robertson’s own words show that he is a danger to the community,” a federal prosecutor said.—Roanoke Times  • A Chesterfield judge set […]

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Democratic primary day, Dublin Volvo plant workers go on strike, a Culpeper account of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and more headlines

By: - June 8, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • It’s primary day: Virginia voters will pick Democratic candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general as well as nominees in 17 contested Republican and Democratic House primaries.—Associated Press, NBC12,  Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch • The United Auto Workers began a strike at Volvo’s […]

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NAACP calls for special session to address VMI report, Richmond police chief acknowledges mistrust, 260 animals removed from Isle of Wight farm, and more headlines

By: - June 4, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Virginia NAACP says the legislature should return to Richmond this summer to implement the recommendations of a lengthy report into racism and sexism at the Virginia Military Institute.—CBS19 • Richmond’s police chief, whose department is facing multiple lawsuits over its heavy […]

COMMENTARY

Change the culture of contempt for FOIA

By: - May 20, 2021

One of the coverage areas the Mercury set out to focus on when we launched nearly three years ago was Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act and the issues that perennially swirl around it like the constant cloud of dirt that follows Pigpen from “Peanuts.” Virginia’s open records law doesn’t just suffer from problems with its […]

Groups press for inland water bacteria advisories

By: - May 17, 2021

Environmental groups are again raising alarms about levels of fecal bacteria in Shenandoah Valley waterways from livestock and poultry operations and calling on state agencies to do a better job of warning inland swimmers about the risks, as they do at 46 coastal beaches. Citing Virginia Department of Environmental Quality data, the Environmental Integrity Project […]