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Beth Chapman: Changes at APT’s ‘Capitol Journal’

Todd Stacy will become the new host of Alabama Public Television’s weekly political news show, “Capitol Journal.” The announcement came at the retirement of Don Dailey who has covered Alabama news and politics for a quarter century – 10 years of it on APT’s “Capitol Journal.”

Stacy will have big shoes to fill, but he is up to the challenge.

Stacy himself has been busy in the political arena for 22 years. He got his start working for State Sen. Wendell Mitchell a hundred years ago. I gist, but seriously, it was a long, long time ago when Stacy was a young man in high school. He then cut his teeth in Tennessee working on the Corker-Ford U.S. Senate race.

Later, Stacy was appointed press secretary for then-Gov. Bob Riley followed by a stint as communications director for Congresswoman Martha Roby. He then spent time as communications director for the Alabama speaker of the House.

Stacy’s experience is at the trinity of government – local, state and federal levels. To say he has the necessary governmental and journalistic experience would be a vast understatement. Armed with a well-rounded resume’, he can use that experience to interview politicians, keep us up to date on what the Legislature is doing and more. Because of his communications background, he can do so with clarity and ease.

Three years ago, Stacy created a news service, Alabama Daily News, with a desire to connect readers with news stories. He plans to continue as publisher, managing its newsletter, Inside Alabama Politics subscription service and the news service to various partners throughout the state.

“Capitol Journal” has been a mainstay for the past few decades, highlighting elected officials and happenings of the Legislature. It has provided specific coverage of the legislature from an in-house studio at the Statehouse. The show airs at 8 p.m. every Friday night and at 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday nights when the Legislature is in session.

Don Dailey has always done an excellent job with the show featuring our state’s political figures. He has seen many changes over the past 10 years on the show, watching people get elected, then ousted, and everything in between. He’s seen the best and the worst of it all.

Because he has done an exceptional job and always been fair and honest in his reporting, Don will be sorely missed.

Thankfully, Todd Stacy will be in the wings, armed with 22 years experience and institutional knowledge to carry the show forward. He will keep us politically informed beginning in January of 2022.

Beth Chapman is Alabama’s former State Auditor and 51st Secretary of State. Her statewide column, Around the Capitol can be read in newspapers and blogs across the state. She now owns and operates Beth Chapman & Associates, LLC. She can be reached at Beth@bethchapman.com.