Hi. I’m a journalist. Right now, I’m a breaking news reporter Politico, where I write about anything and everything political.
Before this, I was a reporter for TBD, a local news website covering the Washington, D.C. region. There, I wrote The Facts Machine blog and covered politics. I declared that our mayor is kind of a jerk, examined the regulation of taxi cabs in Cuba, covered one of the closes Congressional races in recent memory, and wrote an obituary for the wildest college bar at one of the nation’s top party schools.
As an intern, I first learned the fact-checking game from the Pulitzer winners at PolitiFact, where I caught Rush Limbaugh lying and Harold Ford flip-flopping while also helping the staff wrap up the first year of a project tracking President Obama’s promises. I also interned at Newsweek, where I reviewed books and looked at how health care reform was implemented in Massachusetts. Before that, I interned at Congressional Quarterly, where I wrote extensively about homeland and cybersecurity and at The Capital in Annapolis, Md., where I covered crime and other spot news while writing features. Sadly, most of my work at these publications are behind Great Paywalls of Doom.
I graduated in May 2010 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where I double-majored in government and politics and journalism and served as the editor in chief of the 15,000-circulation campus daily, The Diamondback for 2009-2010 academic year, overhauling the publication’s website, launching its first news blog and moving to a 24/7 publishing system. Multiple articles I edited won regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the paper was named best in the region for the 2010 calendar year by SPJ. I uncovered the details of brutal hazing at a university fraternity, chronicled a statewide referendum on legalizing slots and examined students’ love affair with an underdog politician.
Want to look at my resume? Here’s my LinkedIn. Like some references? E-mail me at krobilla AT gee mail DOT com. You can see my clips by clicking on that little ‘Portfolio’ link above. I tweet regularly.
I’m originally from Wilmington, Mass. and am a proud graduate of Wilmington High School and an absurdly proud graduate of the University of Maryland. I’m a political junkie and Red Sox obsessive. I enjoy The Wire too much* and am somewhat ashamed of the amount of video games I play.
*This assumes it is actually possible to enjoy The Wire too much.