Decision Virginia is the online home of NBC12′s political coverage. NBC12 is the number one news station in Central Virginia.
Decision Virginia is moderated by Mike Valerio, the political reporter and evening weekend anchor for NBC12.
Valerio has interviewed five Virginia governors, and covers corruption and waste within state and local government. Valerio joined NBC12 in December 2012, and has covered the legalization of gay marriage from the U.S. Supreme Court, the trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and the ongoing reform of Virginia's mental health system.
Before moving to Richmond, Valerio worked in New York as the chief investigator for the book, Betrayal: The Life and Lies of Bernie Madoff. The book landed on the New York Times best seller list, hailed by Time Magazine and Reuters as “the more engaging read (of Madoff books), focusing much more on Madoff himself and on the anger and shame his crimes provoked.”
Valerio graduated from the George Washington University summa cum laude, with a degree in journalism and mass communication. He was born in Washington D.C., and has family spread across Virginia, New York and California.
Valerio speaks French and Italian, and has a command of Japanese and Arabic.
Decision Virginia was founded in 2007, relaunched by former NBC12 reporter Ryan Nobles in 2008, and is recognized as one of the "Best State-Based Political Blogs" by the Washington Post.