The platform will be updated on a daily basis with fresh reporting, analysis and op-eds from state government leaders and policymakers. U.S. News correspondents, including The Report's David Catanese, will also write for the site. Lindsey Cook, U.S. News' data editor and an expert at making public data more accessible, will oversee the data visualization elements and rankings of the Best States – a key component of Best States.
Previously, Silva has held newsroom leadership and reporting jobs – covering the White House for the Chicago Tribune and later leading the U.S. government reporting team at Bloomberg News in Washington. He also ran the state capital bureau of the Miami Herald for 15 years.
"We are delighted to have Mark at the helm of Best States," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer. "There is no one better to help us fill the media's gaping hole in news coverage of states and the issues that affect people where they live their lives."
The new site, out on February 28, 2017, will also feature state profile pages, historical information, photos, videos, and interactive data tools to give citizens a full picture of what's working and what needs to be improved across the country.
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