Kathryn Watson is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org's Virginia Bureau. Her work has appeared in places like Drudge Report, Washington Examiner, Reason and Human Events, and she has made appearances on Fox News and NBC4. An alumna of the National Journalism Center, Katie is a member of Investigative Reporters Editors. She graduated with a journalism degree and highest honors from Biola University in L.A., where she ran the student newspaper. After college, she reported for a mid-sized newspaper in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her work has earned her "Best in Show" and two first-place awards from the Virginia Press Association.

Virginia’s elected officials step up — or don’t — over Ebola concerns

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Photo by Center for Disease Control

Confidence in the Obama administration to handle the threat of Ebola is so low that even members of Congress are trying to fill the gap.

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Audit: VA community college wasted up to $1.3 million on sketchy contracts

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Courtesy of NVCC

At least one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges has some serious shaping up to do, a recent state audit revealed.

Northern Virginia Community College, called NVCC or NOVA for short, paid $1.3 million in hourly rates of up to $290 to a firm it didn’t even hold accountable to make good on its contracts, an audit from the state’s Auditor of Public Accounts on the community college system reveals.

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E-signatures just one concern, election integrity advocate says

By   /  October 13, 2014  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia, Voter Registration  /  No Comments

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The acceptance of electronic or e-signatures on voter registration forms from third parties poses risks, but there’s a lot more to be worried about leading up to Nov. 4, says one election integrity advocate.

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Virginia commission’s consideration of two-term governor ‘has nothing to do with ethics’

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Courtesy of George Mason University

Bright minds disagree on whether Virginia’s governor should serve twice in a row, given that Virginia is the last state in the country that prohibits two consecutive terms. But one thing is clear to Richard Kelsey, an assistant dean at George Mason University School of Law — this “has nothing to do with ethics.”

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Keep politicians away from ethics commission, law expert says

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  Censorship, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Governor's Office

Richard Kelsey, an assistant dean at George Mason University School of Law, wasn’t caught off guard when he read the Washington Post report that Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff offered a job for then-state Sen. Phil Puckett’s daughter if the lawmaker stayed in office to keep Democratic control of the Senate.

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Virginia AG says e-signatures OK, despite security concerns

By   /  October 3, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Virginia’s attorney general has given his legal stamp of approval to electronic signatures on voter registration forms submitted by third parties.

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