Under the Dome

Andy Curliss, N&O journalist, leaving paper

Andy Curliss, The News & Observer's state government editor and a longtime reporter, will leave the paper at the end of the year to launch a public affairs and strategic communications division for Gelia, a national marketing communications firm that has opened an office in Cary.

Curliss, 42, spent about two decades at the N&O. He joined the newspaper as an intern in 1995 and developed over the years into an award-winning investigative reporter.

He helped bring to light legislative pay-to-play scandals under former House Speaker Jim Black, who resigned in 2007 before pleading guilty to a federal corruption charge and subsequently serving prison time.

Curliss also authored a series called “Executive Privilege,” which led to the 2010 conviction of former governor Mike Easley for filing a falsified campaign report. The series finished fourth in the Pulitzer Prize’s local category and was a finalist for the national Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

The N&O has named Eric Frederick as interim state government editor and is looking to fill the position permanently. Frederick has worked at the paper for 34 years and has been managing editor of newsobserver.com for the past eight.

Benjamin Brown of The Insider