Dan Vock (byline “Daniel C. Vock”) is a national reporter based in Washington, D.C. For more than a decade, he has written about state government and politics, first as the Illinois statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and now as a staff writer for Stateline.

Curriculum vitae

Employment History

Stateline staff writer and senior associate, Pew Center on the States (July 2008 to present)

Cover politics, state budgets, transportation and immigration for Stateline, a news site about state governments. Frequent topics include the recession and recovery, gubernatorial elections, ballot initiatives, Census and redistricting, state financing, bond markets, state insolvency scenarios, high-speed rail, highway funding, Arizona anti-immigration laws, birthright citizenship and driver’s licenses. Covered the 2008 Republican National Convention and, in 2010, interviewed governors and candidates in their home states.

Stateline staff writer, Pew Research Center (August 2005 to June 2008)

Covered health care for three years. Recurring topics included Medicaid (especially its financing), insurance regulation, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, immunization policies, emergency contraception, conscience clauses for health providers, the Deficit Reduction Act and prescription drug prices. Monitored U.S. Supreme Court cases and state immigration developments. Briefly covered energy and environment beats. Handled political and breaking news as needed.

Statehouse bureau chief, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (August 2000 to August 2005)
Wrote more than 1,000 stories on Illinois law and politics.

Freelance writer, Illinois Issues, a Springfield-based public affairs magazine (2001 to present)

Freelance writer, Catalyst, a magazine following reform in Chicago public schools. (2003 to 2005)

Freelance writer, Statenet.com, a national publication covering state governments. (2003 to 2004)

Education

University of Illinois Springfield. Master’s of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting, 2000.

  • Six-month internship with the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
  • Master’s thesis evaluated efforts to reform Illinois’ redistricting process, especially proposals to use computers to ameliorate partisan influence.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor’s of Arts in English and German (cum laude), 1999.

  • Three years working for The Daily Illini as a reporter, features editor, columnist and features editor.
  • Editor-in-chief of Facets, a multicultural newspaper.
  • Delta Phi Alpha German National Honor Society.
  • Emily J. Friedrich Memorial Scholarship from the Department of English.
  • Werner Max Award from the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.
  • Substantial coursework in political science.

Community High School, West Chicago, Ill., 1995.

  • Valedictorian.
  • Reporter for school newspaper; founder of “underground” paper.
  • Four years of German instruction.
  • Three-week exchange program to Gunzenhausen, Germany.

Languages

  • Advanced German
  • Basic French
  • Intermediate Spanish

Computer skills

Social media: WordPress and other blogging platforms, Facebook fan pages, podcasts, Twitter
Web design: HTML, CSS, some use of VBScript (to create ASPs linking with a database) and JavaScript
Data tools: Basic SQL, Microsoft Excel and Access.

Media mentions

Work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Arizona Republic, The Charleston Gazette, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, The Olympian, Orlando Sentinel, The Sacramento Bee, The (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune, The (Nashville) Tennesseean and the Wisconsin State Journal.

Work directly quoted by The Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. Analysis used by Tom Brokaw in the final California gubernatorial debate between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown.

Media appearances

Interviewed on:

PBS’ Nightly Business Report State Week in Review (Illinois Public Radio)
Eight Forty-eight (WBEZ, Chicago) Capitol View (WSEC Springfield, Ill.)
Chicago Tonight (WTTW-TV, Chicago)

Selected publications

  • “Behind on Bills” three-part Stateline series, October 2010.
  • “Facing Facts: Public Attitudes and Fiscal Realities in Five Stressed States,” Pew Center on the States, October 2010. (California and Illinois chapters.)
  • “Bringing America Up To Speed: States’ Role in Expanding Broadband,” Pew Center on the States, June 2010. (Chapter on “National Purposes: Why Broadband Matters.”)
  • “Beyond California: States in Fiscal Crisis,” Pew Center on the States, November 2010. (Team leader and chief author for overview and chapters on Arizona, Illinois and Wisconsin.
  • Authored textbook chapter “Keeping the country healthy: Healthcare as a campaign issue.” Felchner, Morgan E. 2008. Voting in America. 3 vols, Praeger perspectives. Westport, Conn.: Praeger. Volume 2, chapter 15.

Professional awards

  • First place, single report, online, Capitolbeat, 2007
  • Herman Kogan Meritorious Achievement Award, The Chicago Bar Association, 2005
  • First place, enterprise reporting, Illinois AP Editors Association 2003
  • First place, news reporting, single story, Illinois Press Association, 2002

Contests judged

  • New York Legislative Correspondents Association,  2011
  • Idaho Press Club (magazine), 2008

Professional memberships

Capitolbeat, a national association of state government reporters, 2005-present. Board member since November 2010.
Investigative Reporters and Editors, 2009-present.

Certifications and accreditations:

Completed Investigative Reporters and Editors’ one-week technology reporting “boot camp.” (January 2010) Course covered a semester’s worth of material on the use of technology to enhance news reporting, including the use of spreadsheets and databases for reporting projects.

Presentations

  • Lead organizer, webinar on writing about polls for political reporters who belong to Capitolbeat, July 2010. Coordinated with the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers (AAPOR) to put on Capitolbeat’s most highly attended webinar .
  • Panelist, “The Midwest: An Economic Snapshot,” Capitolbeat, Indianapolis 2009.
  • Speaker, “111th Congressional Human Services Outlook — A View from the National News Media,” American Public Human Services Association, national fall conference, Washington, D.C., 2008.
  • Moderator, panel discussion on state immigration policies, Capitolbeat, Raleigh, N.C., 2008.
  • Moderator, panel discussion on state health policies, Capitolbeat, Philadelphia, 2007.
  • Moderator, panel discussion on state health policies, Capitolbeat, Columbus, Ohio, 2006.

Interests

Foundry United Methodist Church: Communicator on the Mission Council, a body of lay leaders which oversees the church’s volunteer and service ministries, since 2009. Various communications and technology roles for teams dealing with technology strategy, marriage equality and needs assessment for an upcoming capital campaign. Teacher, English as a Second Language classes, primarily for day laborers, since 2008.

Pew’s Your Daddy softball team: Member, 2006-present. Captain (2008-2010). Managed people, time and money as captain and led the team in the Congressional Softball League to three winning seasons. Pitching skills enhanced by league rules with no balls or strikes.

Other: American and Roman history. Cooking, especially on a grill. Travel, wherever a story or a friend takes me.