|Dermot Cole, Alaska|
Florida: Brandon Larrabee of the online News Service of Florida.
Idaho: Melissa Davlin, host of "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television.
Iowa: O. Kay Henderson, news director of public Radio Iowa, Mike Wiser of Davenport-based Lee Enterprises, and James Lynch and Rod Boshart of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
|Ronnie Ellis, Kentucky|
Maine: Chris Cousins, Bangor Daily News.
Michigan: Rick Pluta of Michigan Public Radio and Melissa Anders of MLive, a service of Booth Newspapers.
Minnesota: Tom Scheck and Tim Pugmire of Minnesota Public Radio.
Mississippi: Bobby Harrison of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo, the nation's largest rural newspaper (daily circulation 37,000).
Montana: Tom Lutey of the Billings Gazette and Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison of Lee Enterprises., owner of the Gazette and papers in Buttle, Helena, Missoula and Hamilton.
|Deena Winter, Nebraska|
New Hampshire: Josh Rogers of New Hampshire Public Radio.
South Dakota: David Montgomery of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls.
Vermont: Anne Galloway, founder of VTdigger.org, part of the Investigative News Network. Unlike the Franklin Center, INN reveals its donors.
Wyoming: Laura Hancock and Kyle Roerink of the Casper Star-Tribune.
For the sake of space, we have not included reporters for newspapers that are based in state capitals and those for The Associated Press, the major source of state-capital news for rural newspapers (almost all dailies). Many of both were included in Wilson's list.