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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]

Another Stewart staffer steps in it; cheating at a Richmond elementary school and other headlines

By: - July 31, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Corey Stewart staffer called majority black cities “shitholes” His senate campaign has paid more than $100,000 to the consultant, whose racist social media posts were first reported by the Daily Beast. Rich Shafton, who works as Stewart’s spokesman, called majority-black cities “shitholes” and said football […]

Virginia’s senators pan Trump’s interference in new FBI headquarters project

By: - July 30, 2018

For five years, the federal government has been planning for a new FBI headquarters to replace the J. Edgar Hoover building on Pennsylvania Avenue. A location in Springfield was among three finalists for a new building to house all 11,000 Washington-area FBI employees, according to a statement Monday from U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark […]

Federal appeals court vacates Mountain Valley Pipeline approvals

By: - July 27, 2018

In a significant victory for environmental groups and other opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond has vacated approvals that allowed the 300-mile natural gas pipeline, which is currently under construction, to cross the Jefferson National Forest near the Virginia-West Virginia border. In response to […]

Chesapeake Bay clean-up: Pennsylvania lagging in reducing pollution

By: - July 27, 2018

The federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a largely positive assessment Friday of efforts to stem the flow of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution into the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.  Cutting those pollutants from farms, sewage treatment plants and municipal and suburban stormwater systems has been key to the recovery of the […]

State lawmakers again urge Northam to act on pipelines

By: - July 27, 2018

With a crucial meeting of the State Water Control Board looming next month on water-quality reviews for a pair of contentious natural gas pipelines, Democratic state lawmakers again urged Gov. Ralph Northam Thursday to halt the projects and insist on a stream-by-stream review of the hundreds of spots where they will cross Virginia waterways. “We […]

Blocked by-law proposals at Virginia’s largest electric cooperative prompt complaint to state regulators

By: - July 27, 2018

Members of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Virginia’s largest co-op, have filed a petition with the State Corporation Commission in an effort to force a vote on more transparency at the organization, which provides electricity to more than 160,000 member owners in parts of 22 Virginia counties. Behind the petition —which seeks an injunction from regulators at […]

State picks firm to help guide offshore wind development

By: - July 25, 2018

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has picked a London-based renewable energy consulting firm to help position Virginia to become a hub for the “offshore wind supply chain and service industry,” Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced. BVG Associates will “build on Virginia’s advantages and opportunities as well as provide recommendations to further enhance the commonwealth’s […]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline gets permission to begin North Carolina construction

By: - July 24, 2018

The 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the more than $6 billion natural gas project led by Dominion Energy, won approval to begin full construction in North Carolina today. The decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission comes amid a federal court challenge that seeks to halt construction of the hotly contested pipeline following a ruling by […]

Lobbyists dodge disclosure, Charlottesville considers an elected mayor and more headlines

By: and - July 24, 2018

Our round-up of headlines from around the state and elsewhere. Sign up for our newsletter for direct delivery to your inbox every weekday morning. Lobbyists dodge disclosure Recently unmuzzled veteran lobbyist and former journalist Steve Haner, who is now a contributing editor to the public policy blog Bacon’s Rebellion, has a column in the Times-Dispatch about a […]

Bon Secours merging with another Catholic health system

By: - July 23, 2018

Bon Secours Health, which operates four hospitals in the Richmond area and three in Hampton Roads — in addition to facilities in five other states — is merging with Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio. Once combined, the two entities will “create one of the five largest Catholic health care systems in the […]

Virginia makes more money available for school security grants

By: - July 23, 2018

With Lee County announcing its intention  earlier this month to become the first school system in Virginia to arm teachers, partly because it’s cheaper than hiring officers, Gov. Ralph Northam’s office says an additional $1.3 million is available in grants for police and security. “Ensuring the safety of Virginians, especially of our youth, is a […]

Alternate universe Senate race, update on Unite the Right anniversary and Richmond’s attendance woes, among other headlines

By: - July 23, 2018

A different result with ranked-choice voting? Could instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting, have installed Nick Freitas as the GOP Senate candidate instead of Corey Stewart? Marla McKenna at  The Culpeper Star-Exponent quotes Freitas as in favor of the method, calling it “a solid policy” and pledging to support legislation that would give Virginia voters that […]