MeriTalk’s Editorial Team
MeriTalk’s editorial mission is to engage Federal chief information officers, technology leaders, members of Congress, and industry executives by providing timely news, analysis and insight into the most pressing technology issues facing government. Central to that mission is providing daily coverage of the technologies, policies and programs that matter most to Federal CIOs and the agencies they serve.
In addition to an award-winning editorial staff, MeriTalk contributors include a wide range of influential government and industry leaders, as well as subject matter experts on cloud computing, cybersecurity, big data, application and infrastructure modernization, and a host of other topics of importance to Federal CIOs.
Dan Verton, Executive Editor
He earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and his work has been recognized by some of the top journalism competitions in the country, including the first place 2003 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for Best News Reporting — the highest award in the nation for business/trade journalism.
Dan is a former intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps and has consulted and produced security training programs for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, and the AMTRAK Police Department’s Special Operations Mobile Tactical Unit.
He’s written four books, including The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers and Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism, both published by McGraw-Hill. His journalism career includes senior reporting and editing positions at Computerworld, Federal Computer Week, Homeland Security Today, AOL Government and others.
Coverage: Defense & Intelligence, DHS, OMB, Veterans Affairs, and The Situation Report Column.
Linda Tufano, Chief Copy and Production Editor
Linda has been a journalist for more than 30 years, including 26 years at USA TODAY as an assignment editor and copy editor. She has written for Industry Dive, a digital media company focusing on business news. Linda earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Linda also has worked at AARP, Gannett News Service, the Rockford Register Star, St. Cloud Times, and Decatur Herald & Review.
Jessie Bur, Technology Reporter
Jessie Bur is a MeriTalk Technology Reporter.
Coverage: Cybersecurity, Congress, Workforce Issues, Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, GSA, Justice, Labor, Treasury
Eleanor Lamb, Staff Reporter
Coverage: Big Data, FITARA, Homeland Security, Education (Higher Ed), Workforce Issues (STEM, Women in Tech); Civilian Agencies: Agriculture, Commerce, Energy
Morgan Lynch, Staff Reporter
Coverage: Data Centers, White House (OMB, OSTP, U.S. Digital Service), Education (K-12), Privacy & Civil Liberties, NSA; Civilian Agencies: State Department, FCC, Interior, Labor, Transportation.
Diana has more than 20 years of experience as a news reporter, including 18 years covering Capitol Hill and 8 years of B2B reporting experience. She wrote regularly for Congressional Quarterly’s “Connectivity,” a tip blog for government relations professionals and Healthcare IT News.
Other experience includes Daily news reporting and editing for a group of B2B publications on healthcare and IT policy, where she covered Capitol Hill, the White House and the federal regulatory beat.
She was a writer on an MSN Money team that won the 2009 Gerald Loeb award for online journalism for the “Middle Class Crunch” – an interactive site.