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]

Governor issues evacuation order in advance of Hurricane Florence

By: - September 10, 2018

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a mandatory evacuation order for low-lying areas of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore Monday night. The order is effective Tuesday. “Hurricane Florence has the potential to cause catastrophic flooding, especially in our coastal areas,” Northam said in a statement. “This evacuation is for the safety of thousands of Virginians living […]


Amid another potential sale, Virginia newspaper journalists push to unionize

By: - September 4, 2018

As of Tuesday morning, 75 percent of the journalists at The Virginian-Pilot and the Daily Press, both owned by Tronc Inc., had signed cards authorizing representation by The NewsGuild, part of the Communication Workers of America. Tronc purchased the Pilot, Virginia’s largest paper, in May, and recent reports indicate the company may now be looking […]

Dominion keeps raking in excess profit

By: - August 30, 2018

Former journalist and veteran lobbyist Steve Haner, writing at Bacon’s Rebellion, has a good look at the yearly report the State Corporation Commission has done documenting the hundreds of millions of dollars in utility “overearning” since the Virginia General Assembly prevented it from lowering utility base rates in 2015 (the so-called rate freeze). The unsurprising […]

Signature fiasco gets worse for Taylor

By: - August 29, 2018

You might have heard that U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Virginia Beach Republican, has been ensnared in something of a controversy over some signatures. His staff helped circulate petitions to get Hampton Democrat Shaun Brown on the ballot as an independent to siphon votes from the party’s nominee, Elaine Luria. However, it turns out a […]

FERC allows work to resume on Mountain Valley Pipeline, two commissioners voice concerns about decision

By: - August 29, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has allowed work to resume on nearly the entire length of the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, a decision that prompted two sitting FERC commissioners to voice “significant concerns” about allowing construction “while required right-of-way and temporary use permits remain outstanding.” The natural gas pipeline was being built between Wetzel County, W.Va.,  […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline work allowed to resume

By: - August 29, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has allowed work to resume on nearly the entire length of the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline. The natural gas pipeline was being built between West Virginia and Pittsylvania County before a federal court invalidated key approvals for the project and FERC ordered a halt to construction. The project still does […]

Large electric users continue push for more clean energy options beyond utilities

By: - August 28, 2018

A letter signed by a dozen large electric users — from hospital systems and colleges to major companies — calls for more clean energy options in Virginia, where attempts to loosen policies governing competition have been mightily opposed by the state’s dominant electric utilities. “A key ingredient for increasing renewable energy deployment in the commonwealth […]

UVA law professor: Just one GOP senator could start inquiry into Trump’s tax returns

By: - August 27, 2018

Writing in Politico, University of Virginia law and taxation professor George K. Yin explores how a single Republican senator could initiate an investigation into President Donald Trump’s tax returns to shed light on what, if anything, therein explains his extraordinary deference to Russia. For the past two years, Trump has refused to release his tax […]

New Atlantic Coast Pipeline suit takes aim at FERC approval, which underpins the whole project

By: - August 16, 2018

A federal court in Richmond that has served as a major legal battlefield this summer over federal and state permits for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines got a new case added to its docket Thursday. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s […]


With pipeline projects halted, there’s a golden chance for the state to require more review. Northam doesn’t seem likely to take it.

By: - August 16, 2018

Since before he took office in January, opponents of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, including a list of lawmakers and officials from his own party, have begged and cajoled Gov. Ralph Northam to get tougher on the contentious natural gas projects. Work on both pipelines is now at least temporarily stalled amid court […]

New York Times: Rains pushing a trash tsunami into Chesapeake Bay

By: - August 13, 2018

Recent heavy rains have pushed a surge of wood debris, Styrofoam and plastic bottles into the Chesapeake bay, and states are fighting about who’s responsible, The New York Times reports. The tidal wave of trash comes after officials opened floodgates in the Conowingo Dam in northern Maryland, pushing floating garbage and debris down the Susquehanna […]

Four kids died in hot cars in Va. this year; Leaving the alt-right and other news to know

By: - August 13, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. One year after her daughter was killed, Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mother, returned to the scene of her death. — The Richmond Times-Dispatch An infant boy died in Emporia after his mother left him in a hot car for hours. He is the fourth […]