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West Virginia Watchdog

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West Virginia Watchdog is a government transparency advocate site that posts results of investigative journalism.

The site's organizers hope to clear the fog that a lack of government transparency has created around the public.

It advocates for transparency through print articles, video reports, blogs and podcasts. West Virginia Watchdog also links to other newspapers' and media outlets' articles to shine a light on local and state government.[1]


The mission of the WV Watchdog site is to help the public gain access to information so citizens can make better decisions. It aims to help West Virginia media better cover state issues by supplementing reporting so that the public can discuss important issues. It works to keep an eye on the activities of state, county and local government, so that these government entities stay honest with the people.[1]


West Virginia Watchdog went online Sept. 14, 2009 and replaced The West Virginia Examiner, which had been the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia's first transparency website. The West Virginia Examiner was launched in June 2009. The success of West Virginia Watchdog was apparent and The West Virginia Examiner was shut down in favor of the new site.


Steven Allen Adams has been a journalist – operating in the worlds of print, radio, and new media – for over 10 years.

Adams is a former staff writer and City Editor for The Marietta Register in Marietta, Ohio from August 2006 to April 2008. He served as Managing Editor of The Parkersburg Register in Parkersburg, West Virginia from April 2008 until August 2008. Adams was also a news correspondent for Results Radio, a six-station radio network headquartered in Parkersburg from September 2006 until April 2008. He won two West Virginia Broadcast Association awards for live coverage of elections.

Adams now works as an investigative reporter for the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia, serving as Managing Editor for West Virginia Watchdog.

In his spare time Adams is a contributor for West Virginia Red, and operates his own blog called Conversations with Myself.

Adams’ work has been promoted by Instapundit, Red State, the National Legal and Policy Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and the Washington Examiner, where Adams is also an op/ed contributor.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Adams was recently named by Washington Post writer Chris Cillizza as one of the 50 best state-based political reporters.[8]

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