I’m Ryan Miner.
I founded A Miner Detail in April 2015.
A Miner Detail is a Maryland politics blog.
We’re the Maryland Politics Hangout!
A Miner Detail Coverage
This Maryland politics blog is primarily an inside baseball take on Maryland politics.
We’ve managed to piss off the left, the right, and even some folks in the middle.
We call out political hypocrisy when we see it, regardless of who the person is or the office they hold.
A Miner Detail isn’t everybody’s favorite Maryland politics blog. We’re not for everybody.
The naysayers can’t stick A Miner Detail into a nice, neat little partisan box. They don’t like that.
We’re not left; we’re not right; we’re in the squishy moderate American center.
Honestly, we prefer most politicians become technocrats and drop partisan labels.
Topics A Miner Detail Covers
- The Maryland General Assembly;
- The Hogan Administration;
- Wes Moore’s incoming administration
- Municipal, state, and federal issues;
- Maryland Business and economics;
- Municipal and county governments;
- Transportation and infracture;
- And so much more.
A Miner Detail’s Evolution Over The Years
This Maryland politics blog site has evolved quite a bit since I first launched the site in 2015.
We stick to the facts – though sometimes we editorialize and take a position on news-related issues affecting Maryland.
A Miner Detail is edgy.
We’re eventually going to piss you off somehow.
Some love to say, “He’s not a journalist!”
But we do journalism, whether you want to admit it or not.
Is A Miner Detail a straight news site?
But we’ll publish comprehensive political content that’s scrupulously fact-checked.
Ryan Miner (Maryland)
I’m Ryan Miner, founder & editor of A Miner Detail.
I also host A Miner Detail Podcast.
Please reach out to me at Ryan@AMinerDetail.com.
Send me a text or call me at (240) 244-7075.
A Little About My Background
I’m a native of Hagerstown, Maryland.
I was born and raised in Hagerstown, where most of my immediate family still live.
A Miner Detail is a hobby for me; it’s a labor of love.
My responsibility is to every reader.
I pledge to always present all sides of a story as fairly and categorically as possible.
- I am a 2003 graduate of Williamsport High School. (Go, Wildcats!)
- I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University and graduated in 2008. (Go, Dukes!)
- I earned an M.B.A. from the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business at Mount St. Mary’s University in 2020! (Go, Mountaineers!).
Other Stuff About Ryan Miner
I’m an alumnus of Sigma Alpha Epsilon men’s fraternity.
In 2014, I was inducted into Rotary International and was active in the Hagerstown Rotary Club until the fall of 2015.
I’m a former Boy Scout.
I’m most passionate about my advocacy for older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In September 2022, I co-founded The Senior Soup.
I am a co-host of The Senior Soup Podcast.
I sit on the board of Supporting Older Adults Through Resources (SOAR), a Frederick County-based nonprofit that provides resources for in-need older adults.
Mental Health & Personal Redemption
And I work alongside my wife to champion mental health initiatives, and we volunteer for an organization that works to prevent teenage suicide.
Aside from Maryland politics, I occasionally publish content on A Miner Detail about mental and emotional health issues from a first-person perspective of living with clinical depression and anxiety.
I also incorporate my personal story of redemption into much of my writing.
I’ve lived an imperfect life, and I must use my writing to own my past mistakes and move on from them.
“My momma always said, ‘You’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.'” – Forrest Gump
I’m married to Kimberly Large Miner, and we have two wonderful children, Josh and Paige.
We live in Gaithersburg, Maryland, alongside our three rescue cats, Mitt, Lucy, and Jackson.
A Miner Detail Is Dedicated to Dick & Maureen Hann
Dick and Maureen Hann are my grandparents.
My grandfather, Carroll Richard Hann, passed away on December 22, 2020.
There isn’t a day that I don’t think about him.
I miss him a lot.
My grandfather always enjoyed catching up on the news! He read his hometown newspaper, The Herald-Mail, now known as Herald-Mail Media, every day until his final days.
Pap seemingly always knew what was happening in and around Hagerstown.
He was informed because he read the news.
And my grandmother Maureen, my late grandfather’s wife of 69 years, was also a vicarious news reader.
My grandmother kept abreast of the local news; she loved reading her local newspaper and watching local Hagerstown news.
In 2010, my grandmother, Maureen, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
She read books to me when I was a little boy, and today I read the newspaper to her.
Because of my grandparents, I developed a love and a passion for news.
I have always been fascinated by the newsgathering process and have always admired and respected journalists.
In the spring of 2007, I interned at KDKA Radio News, and in the spring of 2009, I interned at WHAG-TV, my hometown news station.