Nick Storm to take over as Pure Politics anchor

07/09/2014 12:34 PM

I am thrilled to announce that Nick Storm, who has served as lead political reporter for Pure Politics for the last two-and-a-half years, will become the next anchor and managing editor of the program effective Thursday.

Nick has fully immersed himself in Kentucky politics since joining the team in December 2011 — just in time for Gov. Steve Beshear’s inauguration for a second term. Since then, he has covered the developments in the U.S. Senate race, two special legislative elections, four legislative sessions (including the special session for redistricting). He has investigated problems in the Fish and Wildlife Department and kept close tabs on government and campaign spending.

Most of all, Nick is the right choice to take the helm of Pure Politics because he has always embraced the philosophy behind what we’ve aimed to do with both the nightly political program and the web site. He seeks the facts, is not afraid to ask the tough questions and goes for the full context over the quick sound bite. Perhaps most importantly, he does his homework before every interview.

Public officials and candidates be warned: You should be prepared when coming to the interview table across from Nick.

Before joining cn|2 in December 2011, Storm spent four years at WFIE-TV in Evansville. He also is producing a documentary through his production company, Storm Generation Films, called “Outlaw Poet,” focused on Ron Whitehead, a Kentucky beat poet and contemporary of Hunter S. Thompson.

Many of you know by now that I am leaving cn|2 to move to Murray, Ky., where I will be working on a master’s in fine arts in creative non-fiction writing. My wife has been living and working in Murray for the last two years, so it’s a move that’s probably long overdue.

However, I will continue my affiliation with cn|2 and Pure Politics working on special projects for the network and occasional political coverage.

It has been a true honor to have been a part of the launch of cn|2 in 2010 and to have worked with the talented journalists and production staff who make up the team. And I also am grateful for all the informed viewers and readers who have been so engaged and passionate about the important issues facing the commonwealth and the other aspects of Kentucky’s entertaining brand of politics.

And, like all of you, I can’t wait to see the heights to which Nick, political producer Jacqueline Pitts, senior reporter Don Weber and the rest of the team will take Pure Politics in the future.

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