Podcast: The GovieLovies – Best Episodes of 2018

Posted on December 28, 2018


The hosts of GovLove pick the best episodes of the year.

The best episodes of the year. All five regular GovLove hosts teamed up to hand out awards and recap the year of GovLove. Kirsten, Alyssa, Javon, Kent and Ben all selected four of their favorite episodes to honor with the most prestigious award in local government podcasting, a GovieLovie. In addition to handing out awards, the hosts shared what they hope to cover on the podcast in the future, their favorite holiday food and highlights from ELGL’s 2018.

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The Top Episodes of the Year



  1. #195 Innovation & Equity in Parks & Recreation with Kylie Bayer-Fertterer, Justin Cutler & Peter Cosmiano
  2. #236 Local Reporting in San Antonio with iris Dimmick, The Rivard Report
  3. #206 The First Lady of Water Cathy Bailey, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
  4. #232 The Best of Nextdoor with Jenn Takahashi


  1. #179 The Gatekeepers, Chiefs of Staff in Local Government
  2. #171 The City of Detroit’s Chief Storyteller, Aaron Foley
  3. #238 PennDOT Connects with Secretary Leslie Richards & Brian Hare
  4. #217 Parkour & Parks with Colin MacDonald, Parkour Visions


  1. #176 NBC Parks & Rec Memories with Jim O’Heir (Jerry Gergich)
  2. #228 Crisis Ready, Building an Invincible Brand with Melissa Agnes
  3. #213 University of Alabama Game Day in Tuscaloosa with Mayor Walt Maddox
  4. #219 Karen Pinkos, ICMA President & City Manager, El Cerrito, CA


  1. #188 NFBPA & Diversity with Christine Edwards & James Gaston
  2. #210 Oregon’s Most Wired Community – Independence
  3. #222 The Poisoned City – Flint’s Water & the American Urban Tragedy with Anna Clark
  4. #185 Public Service in the NFL & City Management with Tom & Connor Barwin


  1. #233 What Government Innovation Really Looks Like with Hana Schank
  2. #223 Changing the Local Government Workplace – Patrick Rollens, Casey Earp, Lacey Beaty, Jose Esparza, Kylie Bayer
  3. #225 Evaluation & Good Government in Washington, DC with Jenny Reed
  4. #193 The Color of Law with Richard Rothstein

WATCH: Live Recording of the 2018 GovieLovies

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