For People Whose Business is Politics
Brian Burgess, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
Inspired by the unstoppable migration of news consumers away from print media to digital and mobile news consumption, Brian saw the need for a one-stop solution that delivers all relevant political news stories – including legacy and new media – into a single source. The result is The Capitolist, a hybrid concept of comprehensive news aggregation and original content, packaged in both a cutting-edge website and a sleek mobile app that is available for Apple iPhone and Android smartphones.
Brian also owns Right Hook Consulting, a media communications consulting firm, helping clients get the right message in front of decision makers, opinion leaders, elected officials, their staff, and the voters who put them in office. He has more than a decade of communications experience guiding CEO’s, high-ranking government officials, law enforcement, non-profit groups and political candidates through some of the biggest challenges they’ve faced.
To reach Brian, you can call or text him at (850) 273-2770, or email him here.
Jordan Kirkland, Political Reporter
Born and raised in Colquitt, Georgia, Jordan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. While in Athens, Jordan began his political career, interning for a state house race in 2012. After graduating from UGA, Jordan continued his career working as a Campaign Manager on congressional race in Georgia’s 2nd District while finishing his Master’s Degree.
Shortly after obtaining his MBA, Jordan got his first taste of Florida politics, working as a Communications Director on a statewide race in 2017.
Jordan also owns The Florida Report, a conservative news and opinion website, where he serves as Editor and Host of the RoundTable Politics Podcast.
Born and raised in Fort Myers, FL, Alyssa has been active in state and local politics since she was fourteen years old. A veteran of two state gubernatorial campaigns, she also interned for State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto. She is currently working on her Masters degree in Applied American Politics and Policy at Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history.
Alyssa covers legislative and executive branch policy, breaking news and writes profiles of state leaders, influencers and other newsmakers.
You can email Alyssa at [email protected].
Maggie spent the last 5 years involved in politics, including interning for multiple Congressmen, non-profit groups, political party organizations, and federal campaigns.
Although she is originally an Arizona native, Maggie earned her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University where she played soccer. She’s been involved with researching local and state politics since 2019.
As The Capitolist’s top investigative reporter and researcher, Maggie will focus on money and influence in Florida, with in depth investigations into elected leaders, political committees, lobbying efforts and other areas in which public policy is influenced in Florida.
John spent over three decades working as a broadcast journalist, including 16 years as a reporter covering state government for the Florida News Network and the Associated Press.
Following Hurricane Katrina, he spent several weeks in Washington, D.C., developing and coordinating a special Gulf Coast video feed for the AP that provided storm aftermath and recovery video to television stations in areas along the Gulf Coast that were impacted by Katrina.
A West Virginia native, John graduated cum laude from West Virginia University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He moved to Florida in 1984, when he became part of the news staff at WTXL-TV, the Tallahassee ABC affiliate.
Among some of his most memorable stories he covered were the launch of the space shuttle Discovery, the first shuttle launch following the Challenger disaster, and the 1988 Republican National Convention. As a news anchor at WCJB-TV in Gainesville, John lived and covered the horror that shrouded that town as five college students were found murdered in their apartments in the early 1990’s. It was a murder spree that would send Danny Rolling to the electric chair.
Prior to joining The Capitolist in early 2017, John worked in the communication offices of the Attorney General and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.