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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]

Who’s coming to Richmond gun rally; Antifa says it won’t mount counter protest; Gun sales surge and more headlines

By: - January 20, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. GUN RALLY: • Meet Phil Van Cleave, the computer programmer and ex-rock guitarist who heads the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which is organizing today’s massive gun rally in Richmond. — The Chesterfield Observer • Virginia antifascist activists say they will not mount a counter […]

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The Weekender: Gun rally, firearms debate dominate opinion pages

By: - January 19, 2020

Programming note: The Weekender is moving. Starting this coming week, this newsletter will go out on Saturdays.  Mercury commentary ICYMI: In a guest piece, Alexa Capeloto, an associate professor of journalism at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, explores how schools like George Mason University get to keep secret donors who can influence instruction. Mercury […]

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Reaping the harvest of the (mis)information age

By: - January 15, 2020

Shortly after Barack Obama won his first term as president, I was sitting in a courthouse in South Louisiana waiting for the start of a proceeding in a trial I was covering. The sheriff’s deputies who patrolled the courthouse were chatting with clerks about the havoc the new president-elect was about to create for gun […]

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The Weekender: our round-up of Virginia opinion

By: - January 12, 2020

Good morning from the Mercury! Mercury commentary ICYMI: Guest columnist Joyce Barnes, a home health worker, remembers the moment her teenage grandson, in his first job as a janitor, outstripped her earnings. She says it’s time to boost Virginia’s minimum wage. Former State Air Pollution Control Board member and retired UVA professor Vivian Thomson argued that […]

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The Weekender: our round-up of Virginia opinion

By: - January 5, 2020

Mercury commentary ICYMI: 2019 was quite the year for Virginia, and, through a wild 12 months, the Mercury helped you make sense of it all. I complied a list of some of our best news and opinion coverage here. Jay Bookman, a columnist at the Georgia Recorder, an affiliate website, noted that climate change hasn’t gotten […]

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The best of the Mercury: the editor’s picks

By: - December 31, 2019

Yes, Virginia, we had ourselves a year. From the executive branch scandals in the beginning of the 2019 General Assembly session — which came on the heels of a conservative furor over a failed abortion bill mentioned by President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address — to the Virginia Beach mass shooting, the […]

The Mercury’s Top 10 most-read stories of 2019

By: - December 31, 2019

Today’s a day for countdowns and retrospectives, so as we slide into a new decade, here’s a look at the Mercury stories that pulled in the most readers in 2019. It’s hard to anticipate how far and fast a story will spread once it’s sucked into the digital maelstrom, and there are slithering snakes, kazoos, […]

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Hands-free driving bill returns; Demands for accountability in Lynchburg; A Christmas ‘Saint’ in King George and more

By: - December 24, 2019

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Lawmakers will again consider a hands-free driving bill, — Richmond Times-Dispatch • Restaurant owners in Norfolk are worried about casino competition. — The Virginian-Pilot • More than 600 workers will be furloughed at a coal mining operation in Buchanan County “until a […]

Governor’s office seeks legislation to replace Lee statue at U.S. Capitol

By: - December 23, 2019

Gov. Ralph Northam’s office says he will push for legislation creating a process to replace a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol in Washington. “This is something the governor and his team have been working on for several months,” said a spokeswoman for Northam, […]

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The Weekender: our round-up of Virginia opinion

By: - December 22, 2019

Mercury commentary ICYMI: Roger Chesley noted that statesmen like former Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner are in short supply in the modern GOP of Trump. In a guest column, Northwestern University professor Steven Lubet reminds us that senators aren’t really jurors in impeachment trials. Bob Lewis bids good riddance to a Virginia law likely to […]

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The Weekender: Gun sanctuaries; ‘Rumors of War’; Redistricting; the GOP and the Donner Party and more

By: - December 15, 2019

The weekender: Our round-up of Virginia opinion.  Mercury commentary ICYMI: In a guest op-ed, Kim Bobo, executive director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, looked forward to the policy balance in traditionally pro-business Virginia shifting back toward workers during this General Assembly session. Mercury columnist Bob Lewis explored how much the “Second Amendment sanctuary” push […]

Virginia improves in national health report ranking

By: - December 9, 2019

Virginia was among three states that showed marked improvement in public health from 2018 to 2019, according to a report by a national health nonprofit that ranks states based on a host of factors. The commonwealth’s rank rose from 20th to 15th, joining Alaska and Wyoming as the only states to improve by five spots. […]