Longtime Vermont journalist Dave Gram will revive Seven Days' weekly political column, Fair Game, in 2021.
Gram spent more than 30 years covering Vermont for the Associated Press and VTDigger.org. He most recently hosted "The Dave Gram Show," a two-hour daily talk program on WDEV Radio.
He was let go from that gig last month after station managers deemed him too opinionated on air — an assessment Gram linked to his personal criticism of President Donald Trump. Gram will have more freedom to opine in Fair Game, which has traditionally been a deeply reported hybrid of news and opinion.
“Here’s hoping I’ll be able to pull back a few layers of the proverbial onion as we grapple with the politics and economics of emerging from the pandemic and the Trump era,” he said. “I’m excited, grateful and humbled at the opportunity to join the team.”
Seven Days had published the weekly column since the paper's founding in 1995 starting with the late Peter Freyne’s Inside Track. Andy Bromage, Shay Totten, Paul Heintz, and John Walters all had a turn at Fair Game, until the paper discontinued it late last year.
“The truth is, readers miss Fair Game and so do we,” said Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly. “A journalist with institutional memory can do and say things in a column that aren’t possible in a traditional news story. Nobody is providing that kind of insight right now in Vermont.”
Gram's inaugural Fair Game column will appear on January 13. His columns will focus not only on Vermont's political scene but also on other local and statewide issues. He said his goal will be to seek out topics where "deeper questions are getting short shrift."
And, of course: "I also am hoping to occasionally break some news," he said.