2 North Dakota news outlets hire state lawmaker as reporter
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two major news outlets in North Dakota have hired a state lawmaker to report for them, with all three parties saying they’ll be careful to avoid any conflicts of interest.
Democrat Rep. Matt Eidson of Grand Forks will do freelance work for the Grand Forks Herald and also has an unpaid summer internship with Prairie Public Radio. Eidson just finished his first session in the Legislature.
Eidson has an English degree from the University of North Dakota and freelanced for the Herald before becoming a lawmaker. He says he won’t report on anything that could present ethical problems.
Herald Publisher Korrie Wenzel and Prairie Public News Director Dave Thompson say the same.
All three acknowledge the situation is unorthodox but say they don’t believe it will present any problems.