The Insider (newspaper)

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The Insider
The Insider Pennsylvania logo.gif
Type Biweekly political newspaper
Owner(s) Neri & Associates
NeriVerbanac Public Affairs (former)
Editor-in-chief Albert J. Neri
John Verbanac (former)
Founded 2002

The Insider was a prominent subscription-based newsletter reporting on Pennsylvania politics.


It was once described as the "state’s most widely read newsletter devoted to state politics and government."[1] With an audience of both the "hard-core state political junkie and the casual political observer," The Insider featured interviews with state politicians and political analysis for activities at the Pennsylvania State Capitol.[2] It has been called a "biweekly guide to the capital's back room deals"[3] and "a twice-monthly political capsule" [3] by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Traditional news organizations, including the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, have covered items reported in The Insider.[4][5]

Publication history[edit]

The Insider was developed in 2002 by the late Al Neri, a veteran political commentator with over 20 years of political experience, and political operative John Verbanac, a protegee of Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum[6][7][8] Within a short period of time, the Insider became the largest statewide political publication.[9] Verbanac and Neri parted ways amicably in 2005 and The Insider was incorporated into the GovNetPA system.[8][10] The editorial opinions expressed in The Insider were exclusively of Neri, unless the article carries a different by-line.[11] Other individuals occasionally publish material in The Insider, including David Buffington, who is best known as the former editor of the Pennsylvania Report, a publication similar to The Insider.[12]


A single annual subscriptions, with 26 total issues, cost $99.[13] Multiple subscriptions could be purchased at reduced rates; up to 49 subscriptions cost $49.99 each, between 50-99 subscriptions cost $39.99, and more than 100 subscriptions cost $24.99 each.[13] The publication was delivered biweekly via email.[7] Some back issues of The Insider were available in "The Insider Archive" section of The Insider's web page.[14] The subscription-based political website GovNetPA is the exclusive host of complete searchable archives of The Insider.[15]


  1. ^ "Principal". Envoi Communications. ENVOI Communications. 2007. 
  2. ^ "About The Insider". The Insider. Neri & Associates. 
  3. ^ a b Lord, Rich (2006-05-27). "Political consultant at center of dispute over picking casino". Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PG Publishing Co., Inc). The Insider, a biweekly guide to the capital's back room deals.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "center" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ "Notes from the (2010) campaign trail". Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PG Publishing Co., Inc). 2006-11-30. 
  5. ^ "The (2010) campaign trail". Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PG Publishing Co., Inc). 2006-11-14. 
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, Dan (August 13, 2006). "Mayor O'Connor has business friends who wield clout". Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PG Publishing Co., Inc.). 
  7. ^ a b "Subscribe Today!". The Insider. Neri & Associates. 
  8. ^ a b Neri, Al (2006-05-27). "Editor's Message". The Insider. 
  9. ^ Harvith, John (July 9, 2007). "John Verbanac Appointed Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Trustee on Pitt’s Board of Trustees". Pitt Chronicle. University of Pittsburgh. 
  10. ^ "GovNetPA Acquires Capitolwire from AP; Pete DeCoursey and Al Neri to Join Staff" (Press release). GovNetPA, Inc. 2005-04-06. 
  11. ^ Neri, Al (January 2009). "INSIDER INFO -- JANUARY 2009". The Insider. The views contained in The Insider are those exclusively of its editor, Al Neri, unless an article is specifically authored by another writer. 
  12. ^ "Editor's Message". The Insider. Neri & A. 
  13. ^ a b "Annual Subscription Savings Form". The Insider. Neri & Associates. 
  14. ^ "The Insider Archive". The Insider. Neri & Associates. 
  15. ^ "The Neri Report For & Insider Archives". - Legislative Tracking Service. Government News Network. 

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