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APT Capitol Journal host Don Dailey to retire; ADN’s Todd Stacy to take over as host in January

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News

Alabama Daily News Publisher Todd Stacy will become the new host of Alabama Public Television’s Capitol Journal program during the 2022 legislative session, the station announced on Tuesday.

Stacy replaces Don Dailey, who is retiring after 10 years in the anchor’s chair and a 40-year media career.

Stacy launched Alabama Daily News in January 2018 with the stated goal of connecting readers with quality stories that matter and contributing to the Alabama public policy conversation in a constructive way. He said he sees his Capitol Journal hosting duties as an extension of that goal.

“I’m grateful to the Alabama Public Television leadership for their confidence in me to host such a meaningful news space in Alabama politics,” Stacy said. “I grew up watching APT and have enjoyed working with their team professionally over the years. It’s more than a little intimidating to fill the shoes of Don Dailey, who is a mainstay at the State House and universally well respected, but I’m honored by the opportunity and eager to get started.”

Stacy said he will continue in his role as publisher of Alabama Daily News, overseeing its daily newsletter, Inside Alabama Politics subscription and syndicated news service to partner news outlets sites around the state.

“It’s important that readers know that nothing changes with ADN. You’ll still get the same thorough and thoughtful reporting on Alabama Politics delivered right to your inbox each morning. In fact, there are some exciting enhancements on the way that we’ll be announcing soon.”

Dailey’s final Capitol Journal broadcast will be Dec. 17.

“For the last decade, it has been a high point of my career to bring Alabamians important news from the State House and the Capitol,” Dailey said in a written statement. “It has also been an honor and a privilege to interview leaders from all aspects of state government. I am so very thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me by Alabama Public Television and I look forward to the next chapter of my life.”

Phil Hutcheson, interim executive director for APT, said Dailey has been a tremendous asset to the network and the people of Alabama. 

“We’re grateful for his years of service and we wish him all the best in whatever he decides to do next.”

During the legislative session, Capitol Journal airs at 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Friday. 

The 2022 session begins Jan. 11 and APT will have special coverage of Gov. Kay Ivey’s state of the state address beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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