Paul Hammel is a native Nebraska who attended a one-room school near Bancroft before his family moved to Ralston, where he graduated from high school and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He’s worked for the Omaha Sun, edited the Papillion Times, and wrote sports and regional news for the Lincoln Journal before joining the World-Herald in 1990. He’s covered the Nebraska Legislature in the 1990s and since 2008. For 15 years in between, he was the roving state reporter, logging more than 400,000 miles in covering stories in every corner of Nebraska, from Whitney to Wakefield, Barada to Benkelman.
Martha Stoddard reports on state government and the Legislature from the World-Herald’s Lincoln bureau. An award-winning journalist, she joined the World-Herald in 2003. Her 27-year career has included coverage of health care, K-12 schools and higher education as well as state government. A Nebraska native, Stoddard earned a bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Joe Duggan, 45, is a reporter in the Lincoln bureau covering the Legislature, state government and regional issues in southeast Nebraska. He graduated with degrees in journalism and history from the University of Iowa and has worked as a reporter for 22 years, covering law enforcement, courts, city hall, natural resources and greater Nebraska.
Connie White is the deputy metro editor. She’s spent 10 years at The World-Herald, much of that time involved in coverage of Omaha City Hall. She formerly worked as the Money section editor.