As a startup, the Delaware Independent has a staff of one: Andrew Sharp, who serves as owner, editor, reporter, photographer, sales staff and janitor.

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From time to time you’ll read articles from other contributors, and our goal is to bring on more writers and photographers to help tell the story of southern Delaware.

Who is this guy?

Andrew Sharp is a Sussex County native with years of experience in the journalism industry. He has worked all over the Delmarva Peninsula in a wide range of roles, from reporting and photography to editing and social media.

He has worked for:

The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, which reports on the entire state, with a concentration on northern Delaware.

The Daily Times in Salisbury, covering the Lower Shore and Delaware beaches, along with parts of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The Star Democrat in Easton and its sister papers, covering the Eastern Shore of Maryland from Dorchester County up to Cecil County.

Reviews from biased friends and former colleagues:

Andrew is thoughtful, perceptive, and fair-minded. He's the kind of person who asks smart questions that never occurred to you, and he has the empathy to understand what people believe and why they believe it. He does not fit into any of the easy ideological boxes that are sadly too common in our world today. Most importantly, he genuinely cares about Sussex County and wants people to understand the things that are influencing their lives. He is exactly who you want giving you the news if you're tired of clickbait and overheated opinionating but want solid, important, trustworthy information.

Matthew Albright, assistant metro editor at the (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) Advocate and former News Journal staffer

I have been the editor of a newspaper in each of the three states on the Delmarva Peninsula, and attended a public school in each of the three states on the Delmarva Peninsula. Andrew Sharp provides exactly the qualities that local journalism needs. He is writerly, thoughtful, balanced, experienced and has a deep association and appreciation for what I call “Delaware’s Heartland” — the Route 13 corridor from Dover to Delmar. I lived in this area and care deeply about it, and that’s why I financially support his important news source.

Ted Shockley, editor of Virginia-Shore based magazine Eastern Shore First, and former editor of the Delmarva Daily Times

Traditional journalism is in trouble and that is a problem for all of us. Studies show governments that are not subject to a watchdog press end up costing taxpayers more.

Andrew Sharp has been covering the region for nearly a decade as a reporter and editor for print and online newspapers. He has witnessed the drastic cuts in newsroom staff over that time and is concerned about the declining coverage of his home county. Andrew is taking a risk that his neighbors in Bridgeville, Greenwood, Harrington, and across Sussex County want reliable, factual, and regular coverage of town and county government and area events.

Andrew is one of the finest writers with whom I have worked in a 25-year journalism career. He learns the issues, reports the facts, and explains the effects of governmental actions. I would encourage you to take a risk on Andrew. Subscribe to his newsletter, advertise on his website, and be aware of what your elected and appointed officials are doing.

John Griep, former executive editor, The (Easton, Md.) Star Democrat, and current public affairs editor for the Talbot Spy, an email newsletter covering       local news