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Focused on the nexus of Florida business, policy, and politics.

Welcome to The Capitolist.

We are a digital media news team providing original reporting, analysis, and aggregated news. We are focused on the nexus of Florida business, policy and politics, bringing together government and elected officials, business leaders and influencers.

We seek to tell more complete stories about the businesses, industries and policy initiatives that drive Florida’s economy, recognizing that today’s legacy media too often oversimplifies or overlooks these important stories.

We’ve been in operation since 2016 with a track record of strong growth. Now, we are in the process of expanding our coverage of the industries that are essential to Florida’s growth, including energy, healthcare, agriculture, telecommunications, tourism, financial services, insurance and gaming, among others.

Brian Burgess Profile PicBrian Burgess, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Phone: (850) 273-2770

Email: [email protected]

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 Florida business, policy and 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 a sleek mobile and desktop friendly design.

In 2010, he helped lead the communications strategy for then-gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott in his primary and general election campaigns. After winning the 2010 election, Governor-elect Scott appointed Brian as his Communications Director, a role he held through three different chiefs of staff during the first years of Scott’s administration. In 2016, Brian launched The Capitolist, and has led its growing news team for the past five years. Brian brings more than 15 years of media experience to the newsroom after providing public relations and communications counsel to Fortune 500 CEO’s, high-ranking government officials, law enforcement leaders, non-profit groups and high-profile political candidates through some of the biggest challenges they’ve ever faced.


Jordan Kirkland, Political Reporter

Phone: (229) 220-2107

Email: [email protected]

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.


Karen Murphy, Capital Reporter

Phone: (850) 766-6713

Email: [email protected]

Karen Murphy is an award-winning journalist who covers the North Florida and South Georgia Area. As a freelance journalist, she covered business news for 850 Business Magazine, feature stories for Tallahassee Magazine, general assignments for Tallahassee Reports and others. Karen was formerly with the Thomasville Times-Enterprise in Thomasville, Georgia, where she provided comprehensive news, investigative, feature and business reporting of Grady and Thomas County. She won a Georgia Press Association Award for feature writing and was part of the news team that earned awards for overall excellence and excellent local coverage from the Georgia Press Association.

Additionally, Karen has over 15 years experience in public relations and advertising, representing a host of businesses, including the Florida Credit Union League, where she was Director of Marketing. She also has represented several different government agencies, a local hospital, phone company, etc. She has won over 30 various awards for public relations and advertising excellence.

Karen lives in Tallahassee and is married, with two adult children.