A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
It’s a bittersweet moment as the New Jersey Globe bids farewell to Nikita Biryukov, who will leave us today after a little more than three years to take on the next stage of his career in journalism.
We are looking forward to introducing you to the newest member of our team. Ashley Gallagher will begin her life as a New Jersey political reporter on Monday.
Since joining the New Jersey Globe on April 2, 2018, Nikita has written 5,108 articles – a number that will likely increase before the end of today. That works out to an average of more than four stories every day for the 1,200 days he spent as a member of our team. No other statehouse reporter has been more prolific.
And he’s done so without ever wavering from an extraordinarily solid moral compass and a flawl commitment to report the news impartially and without bias. He’s been fearless and dogged in pursuit of the news. We will miss him.
Nikita will join the fledgling New Jersey bureau for States Newsroom, a non-profit organization that is already covering state government in 22 states. We wish them the best of luck on their upcoming launch and look forward to watching Nikita’s continued growth and success.
In just three years, the New Jersey Globe has become the leading source of political news for New Jerseyans of both parties. During a time of extraordinary distress for the old newspaper industry, we have flourished. Along with Kevin Sanders, Nikita Biryukov played integral roles in our success and I’m grateful to both of them.
When Nikita interviewed for the job in 2018, I asked him for a two-year commitment – and said that if he remained beyond three years, I would have failed as a mentor. After 21 years, on-and-off, in journalism, my model has been to hire young reporters and help them learn a better way of covering politics and government.
Frankly, I can’t help but have pride in the careers of some of journalists who began their career working for me, including three of my first hires: MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, who spent three years as a reporter at my old site, PoliticsNJ; and the Boston Globe’s James Pindell, who spent a few years at PoliticsNJ and is now the nation’s premier expert on New Hampshire presidential primaries; and POLITICO’s Matt Friedman, who was just developing his snark and perhaps had not yet owned a cat. Reporters I’ve helped train now work at the Philadelphia Inquirer, POLITICO in Washington, Roll Call, National Journal, Advance Publications, and other news organizations, and I wear that with a badge of honor.
I look forward to Nikita Biryukov and Ashley Gallagher joining those ranks in the future.
Thank you, New Jersey, for allowing the NJ Globe to be your primary source of political news every day.