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A Conversation with Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach

A Conversation with Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach

David Martin sat down with Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach at the annual National Association of Counties conference…

A Conversation with Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall

A Conversation with Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall

David Martin sat down with Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall at the annual National Association of Counties conference…

A Conversation with Pierce County Council Member Derek Young

A Conversation with Pierce County Council Member Derek Young

David Martin sat down with Pierce County Council Member Derek Young at the annual National Association of Counties conference…

A Conversation with Hawai’i County Council Member Ashley Kierkiewicz

A Conversation with Hawai’i County Council Member Ashley Kierkiewicz

David Martin sat down with Hawai’i County Council Member Ashley Kierkiewicz at the annual National Association of Counties conference…

Keep Fayette County Green

A Recycling Model for America in Fayette County, PA (S2E10)

Meet a county star who has created a recycling program in Fayette County, Pennsylvania that works!

Basic Income Pilot program recipients (left to right) Aleta Smith, Naihla De Jesus, and Veronica Vieyra at the Government Center in July 2021

A Fresh Start for Foster Care in Santa Clara, CA (S2E9)

Coming out of foster care has enormous challenges. For those in Santa Clara County, Ca., a hard life got a little easier.

Food Security in Bergen County, NJ (S2E8)

Food Security in Bergen County, NJ (S2E8)

You wouldn’t think an upscale area outside of New York City as a place where people go hungry. But they do, but the county has created a task force to ease hunger in the county.

A Conversation with NACo CEO Matthew D. Chase

A Conversation with NACo CEO Matthew D. Chase

David Martin sat down with NACo CEO Matthew D. Chase at the annual National Association of Counties conference…

Free Pre K in the Mountains in Summit County, CO (S2E7)

Free Pre K in the Mountains in Summit County, CO (S2E7)

Summit County, Colorado is one of the premier vacation spots, but for the folks that live and work there, it can be expensive. Hear how the county has stepped in to help with Pre-K and allowed many folks to keep living there.

eBikes for Essential Workers in Pueblo County, CO (S2E6)

eBikes for Essential Workers in Pueblo County, CO (S2E6)

Pueblo County, Colorado created a pilot program and gave away eBikes to essential workers. Hear how a simple thing like a new bike is changing the lives of riders.

About Us

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. ~ Thomas Jefferson

No wonder trust in our institutions is at an all time low! Well, we believe that if folks could stop yelling long enough to actually listen to stories about what government does for people every single day, they’d be pretty darn impressed!

This is what this show is about. Join our co-hosts David Martin and Carol D’Auria, two experienced journalists who explore a new Government project in each episode. In each podcast we meet the government worker, a mayor, a county commissioner, a veteran’s affairs officer, or the public works project manager who said, “There must be a better way.” Then they made it happen. We will also speak with the folks who made the project a success, and last but not least, we hear from the people who benefited from these amazing good government-in-action projects. Listeners will hear personal and amazing stories of good government doing good work for good people.

The Hosts
Dave Martin

Dave Martin

David Martin is one of the founding partners of Valley Park Productions and one of The Good Government show co-creators. He also is the co-host of the two and one of the reporters.

A former television producer, David produced pieces for PBS in New York and also CBS News and WABC-TV. He also has an extensive background in newspapers, working as a reporter for the Daily News, the New York Post, Reuters, and the Staten Island Advance.

As a magazine writer, he covered the airline industry for travel magazines, including Recommend and Travel Agent Magazine. It all started at WLIS AM, in Old Saybrook, Ct. as an on the air as a news reporter. When he’s not working, check the local rugby fields in season, or he may be out sailing.

Carol D’auria

Carol D’auria

As a reporter and anchor at 1010 WINS, Carol has covered everything from the most infamous crimes, trials, and tragedies of our time, to knotty political dilemmas, protests, and social change; innovations in business, medicine, and government; inspiring community heroes; celebrities of the moment; and international disputes.

Over the years, Carol has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast, from the Associated Press; Best Continuing Coverage of Spot News, from the New York Press Club; the Front Page Award, from the Newswomen’s Club of New York; and Best New York Spot News Award, from United Press International.

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