Bob Mercer

Bob Mercer is a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News and four other separately owned newspapers: the Black Hills Pioneer, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Mitchell Daily Republic and the Watertown Public Opinion. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish and Pierre papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the five papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.


Posts by Bob Mercer

Will oil trains be next for South Dakota? w/ update

AMpSat, 19 Apr 2014 10:47:55 +000047Saturday 19, 2014 - 10:47 am04

Looking at cold, hard facts in the U.S. Senate GOP race

PMpFri, 18 Apr 2014 13:22:17 +000022Friday 18, 2014 - 1:22 p04

Alright! SDHSAA posts agendas

AMpFri, 18 Apr 2014 11:16:36 +000016Friday 18, 2014 - 11:16 am04

This Bosworth thing is getting weirder

AMpFri, 18 Apr 2014 09:23:10 +000023Friday 18, 2014 - 9:23 am04

Today’s lesson in state gov’t records

AMpFri, 18 Apr 2014 08:26:17 +000026Friday 18, 2014 - 8:26 am04

Lottery Commission plans special meeting

PMpWed, 16 Apr 2014 17:52:54 +000052Wednesday 16, 2014 - 5:52 p04

Take an hour and check SDHSAA site

AMpWed, 16 Apr 2014 01:01:16 +000001Wednesday 16, 2014 - 1:01 am04

Hacked again

PMpTue, 15 Apr 2014 17:05:48 +000005Tuesday 15, 2014 - 5:05 p04

A few changes could help primary elections

AMpTue, 15 Apr 2014 09:51:21 +000051Tuesday 15, 2014 - 9:51 am04

Big in Memphis

AMpTue, 15 Apr 2014 01:28:48 +000028Tuesday 15, 2014 - 1:28 am04