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]

Federal agency halts Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction

By: - August 11, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered a halt Friday night to Dominion Energy’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The order came four days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond vacated the pipeline’s authorization to drill under the Blue Ridge Parkway and gave a detailed explanation for its decision in May […]

‘Medieval’ drunkard law upheld; a novel concept in rally policing; Loudoun couple fight for their meadow

By: - August 10, 2018

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Upholding a ‘medieval’ law A federal appeals court shot down a challenge to a Virginia law that allows police to arrest people designated as “habitual drunkards” if they are caught with alcohol, finding that the state has a “legitimate interest” in discouraging alcohol abuse. A Legal Aid […]

State awards contract for electric-vehicle charging network

By: - August 9, 2018

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has picked a Los Angeles company to build a $14 million electric vehicle charging network in the state. The money comes from Virginia’s nearly $94 million share of a $10 billion settlement with Volkswagen, which admitted to secretly installing devices to cheat emissions tests. EVgo, which says it operates […]

Another federal permit struck down? No big deal, Dominion says

By: - August 7, 2018

Dominion Energy, the lead partner in the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, says Monday’s decision by a federal appeals court stripping its authority to drill under the Blue Ridge Parkway isn’t that big a deal. The company expects that the National Park Service “will promptly re-issue the permit.” “Ample evidence to support the requisite finding that […]

Fourth Circuit strikes again: Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit vacated

By: - August 6, 2018

In the latest in a string of decisions that have struck down key approvals for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has thrown out Atlantic’s permit to cross the Blue Ridge Parkway. The court ruled that the National Park Service’s decision to allow the […]

Grave-robbing at UVA; Fraudulent crab meat; No separate Metro car for Nazis and other news to know

By: and - August 6, 2018

Corey Stewart gets the The New York Times treatment in this profile that scrutinizes his campaign’s strong appeal to white nationalists, some of whom have served as security at his campaign events. “While Mr. Stewart has disavowed some on the extreme right, interviews with dozens of his friends, colleagues, supporters and fellow Republicans yielded a […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline construction halted

By: - August 3, 2018

A week after a federal appeals court in Richmond struck down a permit that allowed the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross U.S. Forest Service land, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered a halt to work on the entire project. “MVP is hereby notified that construction activity along all portions of the project and in […]

Dominion files for approval of offshore wind pilot project

By: - August 3, 2018

Dominion Energy has filed an application with the State Corporation Commission for approval of a long-anticipated pilot offshore wind project. The company, which announced last summer that it would move forward with the project after letting a $40 million federal grant for offshore wind lapse the year before, seeks permission to build a two 6-megawatt […]

NOVA’s last Republican delegate draws a challenger and other news to know

By: - August 3, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. MAJOR FLOODING IN LYNCHBURG Heavy rain has prompted evacuations in Lynchburg over fears that a dam is about to fail. A flood warning in the Lynchburg area is in effect until 11:30 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Follow The News & […]

The enemy of my enemy is my friend in the 2nd District; more headlines

By: - August 2, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Campaign workers for U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Republican, helped get an independent candidate facing fraud charges on the ballot, presumably to siphon votes from his Democratic opponent, Elaine Luria. — The Virginian-Pilot. Richmond school officials are recommending that 10 educators, including the principal, involved in a […]


In Buckingham’s Union Hill, a center of resistance for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion brings in a ringer

By: - August 2, 2018

BUCKINGHAM — The sermon came from Ezekiel 33:7. “I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me,” the verse reads. And, from the pulpit at Union Hill Baptist Church during a Sunday service last month, Pastor Paul Wilson was fully […]

Federal court upholds Virginia’s water-quality review for Mountain Valley Pipeline

By: - August 1, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond has upheld Virginia’s much-criticized water quality review for Mountain Valley Pipeline, one of two large natural gas pipeline projects proceeding in the state. The panel of judges rejected arguments from the Sierra Club and other organizations that the State Water Control Board incorrectly found […]