Our Mentor-Editors are highly experienced journalists, editors or columnists who are committed to finally, once and for all, improving the diversity and quality of our national conversation.   Through our Mentor-Editor platform, they volunteer to connect with and give feedback to new and promising voices who have come through The OpEd Project's core training.  Our Mentor-Editor corps includes over 120 journalists at the highest levels, across all platforms—from editors to bloggers, from Genius grant winners to weekly columnists to war correspondents and Pulitzer Prize winners.  On average, each Mentor-Editor spends one hour a month (or they can choose to mentor more or less frequently) lifting the voices of others. Although they typically work with a Mentee for only a short time, they statistically double her odds of success.

Information on how the Mentor-Editor Program works is here. 

Jane Adams is a senior reporter at EdSource covering education policy in California. She joined EdSource in 2013 and covers issues of student health, broadly defined to include school discipline, bullying prevention, vaccinations, special education services, learning disabilities, vision care and more.  A former staff reporter for the Boston Globe, her reporting has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, and O Magazine. She is the co-author of the national award-winning non-fiction book, "The Last Time I Wore a Dress" (Putnam/Riverhead). She earned a bachelor’s in government from Harvard and a master’s from San Francisco State University.


Janus Adams is an Emmy Award winner, journalist/historian, talk show host, cultural critic. A scholar of African American and women’s history, Adams specializes in putting current events into historical perspective. An NPR commentator and publisher/creator of BackPax children’s media, her column is in its fourteenth year. Read more about her at

Read the OpEd Project Interview with Janus Adams

David S. Abraham is author of the Elements of Power. His opinion writing has appeared on numerous occasions in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal among others. He worked on Wall Street, at the White House Office of Management and Budget, and ran a water-focused NGO in Africa. He is a fellow at New America and held affiliations with the Council on Foreign Relations, Tokyo University and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He also founded Outpost, a coworking space in Bali.

Rose Aguilar hosts Your Call, a daily call-in radio show focusing on politics, social issues, the environment, and the arts. It airs from 10-11am PST on KALW in San Francisco and KUSP in Santa Cruz. Listen online at She's also an op-ed contributor for Al Jazeera English and provides a weekly commentary about undercovered activism for KPFK's Uprising. She is the author of "Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey into the Heartland." Aguilar has appeared on the BBC and GritTV with Laura Flanders. She speaks on panels about women's issues, the media, and current events. Find her on Twitter: @roseaguila


Marci Alboher is a leading authority on the changing face of work and a Vice President at Her most recent book,"The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life," was published by Workman Publishing in January of 2013. A former blogger and columnist for the New York Times, she is also the author of "One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash “/” Career." Alboher has appeared on or been quoted by countless media outlets including The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. She holds an undergraduate degree in English from The University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Chloe Angyal is a writer and commentator from Sydney, Australia, based in New York City. She co-leads the PVF at Emory. Chloe is an Editor at Feministing and her freelance writing has been published in The Atlantic, The LA Times, The Guardian, Jezebel, Slate, and Salon. Her writing covers a range of topics, including sexual assault prevention, women in politics, and reproductive rights. She has also appeared on MSNBC, Al Jazeera English, and NPR. Chloe’s academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis, currently in progress, is about how the genre depicts gender, sex and love. Photo credit: Clayton Raithel.

Claudia Banks is a communications and media consultant in the Chicago area, where she works with corporate and non-profit clients. She has been an adjunct journalism professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and spent more than 20 years at the Chicago Tribune. Banks supervised the  award-winning  coverage of corruption investigations of City Hall, a former governor and crooked cops. She is a board member at the Community Media workshop, an organization that encourages media to go deeper into neighborhoods to tell the stories of the other Chicago, and trains non-profits and other organizations on how to increase their opportunities for media coverage. 

Rekha Basu has been a columnist for The Des Moines Register since 1991. Her column is syndicated by Gannett News Service. Her byline has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The International Herald Tribune and The Nation, among other publications. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, another master’s in political economy from Goddard Cambridge Graduate School (where she subsequently taught), and she graduated from the United Nations International School. She is a frequent public speaker and has made guest appearances on C-Span, CNN, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NPR. She has worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist at newspapers in Iowa, New York State and Florida. She is the recipient of numerous awards.


Daniel Beaulieu was one of the founding editors of The National, the leading English newspaper in the Middle East. After helping launch the Abu Dhabi-based publication in 2008, he was the Chief Copy Editor and, later, Development Editor. He also created and led one of the Middle East's largest internship programs for young journalists. Previously, he was a senior Middle East editor for Agence France-Presse and served as a correspondent during both the Iraq war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He held a similar position at AFP's headquarters in Hong Kong, and has worked as a journalist for Reuters in Tokyo, the South China Morning Post, and the Montreal Gazette. He is a graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School.


Michael Bociurkiw has worked as a reporter in North America and Asia, including the South China Morning Post. He has worked in several posts for UNICEF. More recently he served as spokesperson for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. He appears frequently on CNN, BBC World, al-Jazeera and other broadcast outlets. His opinion pieces have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, and The Globe & Mail. Currently Bociurkiw is an independent analyst, commenting on the crisis in Ukraine, diplomacy and development aid. He is a two-time TEDx speaker. Read the OpEd Project Interview with him.


Chandra Bozelko is the author of Up the River: An Anthology, a book of poetry on the country's criminal justice system. She started most of her oped writing after completing the core seminar in the summer of 2016. Since that time, she has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Guardian, Quartz, al Jazeera English, Vice, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and many other news outlets. Chandra has appeared on CNN as an expert in prison life after an escape. Her blog, Prison Diaries, was honored by the 2016 Webby Awards and was awarded first place in the 2016 National Society of Newspaper Columnists' annual contest.


Alison Bowen is a features reporter at the Chicago Tribune, where she writes on everything from health to books, or “all kinds of stuff about all kinds of stuff,” as once introduced on WGN. Her byline has appeared in The New York Times and the New York Daily News, among others. A Kansas City, Mo., native, she worked in New York City as a news reporter before moving to Chicago, and she has a master’s degree in Journalism and Latin American Studies. Find out more at, or follow her @byalisonbowen.


Dawn Marie Bracely has been an editorial writer at The Buffalo News for 10 years, focusing on a range of issues from local, national to international topics. She has also originated, shot, voiced and produced several video editorials for the newspaper, along with an accompanying editorial on a range of subjects, including President Obama's inauguration, environmental and cultural issues. Bracely started her newspaper career in Florida at the Citrus County Chronicle, moving onto The St. Petersburg Times-Citrus bureau, (Rochester) Democrat & Chronicle and eventually The Buffalo News. She has also written for national magazines about her favorite sports, tennis and bicycling. 

Christine Brennan is an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today and a commentator on ABC News, CNN and NPR. Twice named one of the country's top 10 sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors, she has covered 16 consecutive Olympic Games, summer and winter. Brennan, the nation's most widely read female sports columnist, was the first woman sports writer at The Miami Herald in 1981 and the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins as a staff writer at The Washington Post in 1985.  She was the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media and started an internship-scholarship program that has honored more than 130 women over the 20 years. Brennan is the author of seven books. She is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame among other prestigious awards.

Jamila Aisha Brown is a writer, commentator and entrepreneur. Boasting a diverse heritage spanning Panama, the United States and the Caribbean, she writes and comments on matters of foreign policy, race, gender and ethnicity from a personal and professional perspective. Her freelance writing has been published in the Guardian, Salon and Ebony and she has appeared on RT News Breaking the Set as a political commentator. She is the founder and Global Stategist of HUE; a progressive consultancy that uses development solutions to solve social justice problems through out the African diaspora.


Jessica Bruder is an award-winning journalist who writes about subcultures and the dark corners of the economy. She teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has written for Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Washington Post and The New York Observer, among others. On assignment, Jessica has hiked the Simanjiro Plains of Tanzania,interviewed transient workers while living in a tent in the Sonoran Desert, panned for gold with prospectors in the heart of the Mother Lode and spent two months living in a van named “Halen." Her magazine features have won the James Aronson Social Justice Award and a Deadline Club prize.

KC Cole is a professor at USC Annenberg's School of Communication and Journalism. She has produced commentaries for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Ms, Newsday, and many more, as well as public radio outlets and a wide range of magazines. She’s the author of eight nonfiction books, most recently, "Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and His Astonishing Exploratorium." She hosts an irregular series of conversations at Santa Monica Art Studios exploring the connections between science, art, politics, and social issues known as Categorically Not! Learn more at,

Helen Coster is a Senior Editor at Reuters and she was previously,a staff writer at Forbes. Her 2007 profile of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu attracted worldwide media attention, and she has appeared on National Public Radio, CNBC and other outlets. Coster previously worked at ABC News, first in Peter Jennings' documentary unit and then with Barbara Walters at 20/20. At ABC, she covered topics such as Saudi-American relations and the historical search for Jesus Christ. She also participated in the network's Emmy award-winning September 11th coverage, and was part of a team of journalists who won the Alfred I. duPont- Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Maura J. Casey, who left the Editorial Board of The New York Times in 2009, has been an editorial writer specializing in New England issues for more than two decades. During five years at the Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune she won Scripps-Howard's Walker Stone Award for her editorials on the Massachusetts Corrections Department and contributed to stories for which the staff won the Pulitzer Prize. While at The Day of New London, Conn., she won the Horace Greeley Award for public service journalism for her editorials on weaknesses in Connecticut laws affecting children. She was on the New York Times editorial board from 2006 until March 2009. Read the OpEd Project Interview with Maura Casey

Lee Clifford is the co-founder of Altruette (, a social enterprise that raises funds and awareness for 40+ non-profits through collectible charms for women and girls. Prior to founding Altruette, she was an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune Magazine, where she edited cover stories, features, and sections, including some of the magazine's most successful franchises such as The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and The 100 Best Companies to Work For. She has appeared on The Today Show, CNN and many other media outlets, and was named one of the top 30 under 30 business journalists in the country by TJFR. Prior to joining Fortune she was a reporter at SmartMoney Magazine. She previously served as a Mentor and Board Member of Girls Write Now. She graduated with a B.A. in History from Columbia University.


Mary C. Curtis, political columnist at Roll Call and NBCBLK, is an award-winning journalist and educator based in Charlotte, N.C. She is a Senior Leader with The OpEd Project, and has led programs at Yale University, Cornell University, and the Ford Foundation and at the Aspen New Voices Fellowship in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has contributed to NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Women's Media Center, The Root, MSNBC, and talks politics on WCCB-TV in Charlotte. Curtis has worked at The New York Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Baltimore Sun, and the Associated Press and as national correspondent for AOL's Politics Daily. Her coverage specialty is the intersection of politics, culture and race, and she has covered the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Kiplinger Fellow, in social media, at Ohio State. Her honors include Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications, three first-place awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Thomas Wolfe Award for an examination of Confederate heritage groups. Curtis has contributed to several books, including an essay in “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox.” You can find her work at and follow her on Twitter @mcurtisnc3.


KJ Dell'Antonia is a writer and contributing editor for the New York Times’ Well Family page (formerly known as Motherlode) and a regular contributor to its Sunday Review. Before taking over Motherlode, she was one of Slate’s XXFactor bloggers and a contributor to Slate, where she covered parenting and a broad range of subjects, from legal issues to pop culture.    

Cynthia Dickstein worked in private sector, nonpolitical international, cultural and professional exchanges between 1979 – 2005, when she initiated and facilitated exchanges between the US and the USSR/Russia, in such diverse areas as print journalism and television, women's issues, medicine, education, law enforcement, and real estate.  For many years she was the president of the Organization for International Professional Exchanges, Inc. and she served as the Director of the foreign exchange program of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors Foundation (NESNE) from 1984 to 2005. In the late 1990’s, she traveled to Tehran to establish a journalism exchange program between US and Iranian journalists.  Dickstein is also a freelance writer who has been published most frequently on the op-ed pages of the Boston Globe.  

Deborah Douglas is a freelance writer/editor and adjunct lecturer at The Medill School at Northwestern University. She co-leads the Dartmouth PVF. During two decades of practice, Douglas has been a newsroom leader, including for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her boldness has led to many appearances, including CNN and WTTW Channel 11, Chicago's PBS affiliate. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The Guardian, (Canada's) National Post, Chicago Tribune, The Crisis magazine, Chicago Reporter, Huffington Post and The Root. Douglas’ award-winning special projects include The New Downtown and The Baby Ceiling (which led to an appearance on “Oprah”.) Douglas is an NABJ/Kaiser Family Foundation fellow.    

Temma Ehrenfeld is a ghostwriter and journalist in New York who covers health, psychology and philosophy, with expertise in addiction. She began her career at Fortune and covered personal finance and later science and health for Newsweek  over 16 years. She has written "Vows" columns for The New York Times, maintains a Psychology Today blog with nearly 6 million hits to date, and regularly contributes essays, crossing political lines, to both the Los Angeles Review of Books and The Weekly Standard. See more of her work and reach her through her website.


Abby Ellin is the author of "Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs in on Living Large, Losing Weight and How Parents Can (and Can't) Help." For five years, she wrote the "Preludes" column, about young people and money, in the Sunday Money and Business section of the New York Times. She also regularly writes the "Vows" column in the New York Times Sunday Styles section, as well as feature assignments for that section. Her work has appeared in a range of publications, including Time, the Village Voice, Marie Claire, More, Self, Glamour, the Boston Phoenix, and Spy (RIP). Her 14-part series, "How to Raise a Millionaire," ran on Her greatest claim to fame is naming "Karamel Sutra" ice cream for Ben and Jerry's. 


Margaret Engel is the executive director of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the nation's oldest writing fellowships. She is the former managing editor of the Newseum. She is the chair of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and a board member of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. She was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. She has been part of the reporting staffs of the Washington Post, Des Moines Register and Lorain (OH) Journal. She has written for Esquire, Saveur and her co-authored book, "Food Finds" has run for eight seasons on The Food Network. She and her sister have written a one-woman play about Molly Ivins titled Red Hot Patriot that had 18 productions from Anchorage to Lenox, MA. Engel co-authored a Fodor’s guide to American baseball parks with her husband and two children and co-wrote a book for Disney in 2013, "How to Act Like a Kid: Backstage Secrets of a Young Performer."

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH is a medical writer and adjunct professor at The Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University. She is the author of "Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank." Her medical articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, MORE magazine, Parents, among other newspapers and magazines. She was as a medical reporter for the London Bureau of The Associated Press and was the London bureau chief for Physician's Weekly. Epstein is currently a fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. She received her M.D. from Yale University and her M.P.H. from the Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University.

Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and the best-selling author of "The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America"; "Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man" and "Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women," which won the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. She has written extensively on feminist issues. A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, her writing has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Nation.

Dr. Sheri Fink, a reporter at ProPublica, has reported on health, medicine and science in the U.S. and from every continent except Antarctica. Since 2004 she has been a frequent contributor to the public radio newsmagazine PRI's The World. Her articles have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Discover and Scientific American. Fink's book "War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival" (Public Affairs, 2003) won the American Medical Writer's Association special book award and was a finalist for the Overseas Press Club and PEN Martha Albrand awards. Fink has taught at Harvard, Tulane and the New School. She is the recipient of a Kaiser Media Fellowship in Health from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Read the OpEd Project Interview with Dr. Sheri Fink 

 Laura Fraser, is a longtime journalist who has written for numerous national magazines. She is the co-founder and Editorial Director of, which published 75 short ebooks by women. She is the NYT-bestselling author of the memoir An Italian Affair, as well as All Over the Map and Losing It: America’s Obsession with Weight and the Industry that Feeds on It. She is an award-winning essayist whose works have been frequently anthologized. She conducts writing workshops in Mexico and Italy; her website is

Susan Freinkel is a San Francisco-based journalist who writes about science, nature and health. She is the author of two books, "Plastic: A Toxic Love Story" (2011) and "American Chestnut: The Life, Death and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree," (2007). Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Discover, Smithsonian, Reader's Digest, Health, OnEarth and other national publications.

Willa Frej is a reporter at The Huffington Post, currently based in New York. Her work focuses on international news, specifically the coverage of refugees and migration, fueled by her American/French bilingual and bicultural upbringing. Willa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a focus on International Affairs, from Yale University.

Sarah Garrecht Gassenis the Editorial Page Editor and award-winning columnist at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, and has taught at the University of Arizona School of Journalism for more than a decade. She began her career at The Associated Press and is a regular contributor to public affairs radio and television programs. She manages university students who work in The Star’s newsroom in an apprentice reporter program and has worked with The New York Times Student Journalism Institute. She specializes in coverage of public education, children, municipal government, social justice and immigration policy. She’s passionate about disability issues and applied that to her University of Arizona Master’s Thesis: “Cultural Disability: Stories from journalists confined by outdated attitudes in the newsroom.” Shes also a mentor/editor for The OpEd Project and the Arizona regional captain for Journalism and Women Symposium group based at the UA.

Sophie Gee received her Ph.D. from Harvard in 2002 and is now an Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University. She is the author of "The Scandal of the Season," a historical novel that recreated eighteenth-century London and the story of "The Rape of the Lock." She has published scholarly articles on Dryden, Pope and Milton, and is writes regularly for the New York Times Review of Books, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Ginna Green, veteran opinion writer and editor, handles communications and programs for the Columbia Jewish Federation. Previous she worked for the California office of the Center for Responsible Lending and as Director of Public Relations at Full Court Press Communications. She also works with the SPIN Project, and has worked as an editor at AlterNet, a strategist for the Breakthrough Institute and as a Leland-Emerson Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. Green co-edited the 2002 anthology "The Paradox of Loyalty: An African-American Response to the War on Terrorism." Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle, and she has appeared on radio, television and film. She is a 2014 Selah Leadership Fellow with Bend the Arc.

Frank Grundstrom began his journalistic career, in 1956, writing for a base newspaper while serving in the US Air Force. He then worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in towns in MA and CT before moving to The Boston Globe in 1966, where he worked for 32 years.  While at The Globe, Grundstrom co-founded an exchange program between NESNE and the Union of Soviet Journalists, served as president for both the BU School of Public Communications Alumni Board and the New England Society of Newspaper Editors (NESNE) and was a Partner consultant/HR for SVP Investee Voices: Community Stories Past and Present. After retirement, he moved to Tucson and is a Founding member of the Men's Anti-Violence Partnership of Southern Arizona and chairs the Social Venture Partners Greater Tucson Investment Committee.  Read the OpEd Project Interview with him.

Amy Guth is a journalist, broadcast host, filmmaker and author. She hosts talk radio onWGN Radio, the “#SheRules” series on WCIU-TV, “The Feed” technology report on Rivet Radio, is president of Association for Women Journalists Chicago, and serves as a mentor-editor and senior facilitator atThe Op-Ed Project‘sPublic Voices Fellowship. Guth is on the Inland Press Association’s digital advisory panel, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago. She is also currently producing and directing a documentary series about women and online harassment, and is the author of the 2006 novel “Three Fallen Women.” Previously, Guth worked at Chicago Tribune where she wrote about technology, social media, digital publishing, literature, and has contributed work to WGN-TV, CLTV, WBEZ, WCIU-TV, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Sun-Sentinel, Rivet Radio, The Nosher, Monkeybicycle, and Jewcy among others.

Joy L. Haenlein is a proud Midwesterner who served for 12 years as editor of the editorial pages of the Advocate/Greenwich Time newspapers in southwestern Connecticut. Before that, she was a reporter in Illinois, Michigan and Connecticut, covering everything from state and local governments in Michigan and Illinois to the corporate world, fashion, and banking for 13 years. She wrote a political column for The Oakland Press in Pontiac, Mi., and a personal finance column for The Advocate/Greenwich Time. Haenlein is director of communications and external relations for a nonprofit that serves people with developmental disabilities and their families as well as a consultant to family foundations and a student of philanthropy.

Jesse Hardman is a reporter, journalism teacher, and international media development specialist. His work is featured on National Public Radio,, and a number of other national and international media outlets. Hardman has also trained reporters in 10 countries, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Venezuela and South Africa. He currently teaches at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Columbia's SIPA school.

Lynn Harris is Vice President of Communications for Breakthrough, a global human rights organization working to make violence and discrimination against women unacceptable. She has two decades of experience as an award-winning journalist whose features and opinion writing have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post,, The Nation,, Glamour, and nearly infinite others. A retired standup comic and performer, she created (and taught for many years) the Humor Writing for Journalists course for Mediabistro. She is also co-creator of the venerable website and author of several books, including the comic novel "Death By Chick Lit," deemed "Lowbrow/Brilliant" by New York Magazine. Photo credit: Denise Winters.

Kate Heartfield was the opinion editor at the Ottawa Citizen, the daily broadsheet in Canada's capital, until she left in 2015 to become a freelance writer and editor. Kate was shortlisted for Canada's National Newspaper Award for editorial writing in 2015. She also writes fiction. Her novella "The Course of True Love" was published by Abaddon Books in 2016 as part of the collection Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare's Fantasy World. Read the OpEd Project Interview with Kate Heartfield

Kate Holder is a freelance writer and communications consultant with over 20 years experience. She has published fiction and non-fiction in regional, national and international publications including Woman's World, the Arizona Daily Star, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Quarterly. She worked as a research associate and deputy director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as executive director at U.S.-CREST, a French-American research institute and at The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. For several years she did communications and PR consulting for a range of clients in Tucson, including the University of Arizona, Casa de la Luz Hospice, and Power Women Investing. She also produced and directed the award-winning live radio show for El Tour de Tucson, one of America’s largest annual bicycling events.

Glenda Holste is a public affairs specialist for Education Minnesota, the statewide educators union. She previously worked as a reporter, editor and columnist for daily newspapers, including writing an editorial page column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Among recognition for her work, she has received James K. Batten Award for Excellence in Civic Journalism, the Exceptional Merit Media Award of the National Women’s Political Caucus and the Vivian Castleberry Award of the Association for Women Journalists. Holste is a past president of the Journalism & Women Symposium. She is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium and the Daughters of the American Revolution, providing communications support on women’s issues in both organizations.

Ron Howell is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Brooklyn College, where he teaches digital journalism and in-depth reporting. Howell began his reporting career in the 1970s, when he was a reporter at (the late) Baltimore Evening Sun. Since then he’s been a staff writer and/or editor at Newsday, The New York Daily News, Ebony Magazine, The Associated Press and ABC He’s lived in Mexico and has written extensively from Cuba and Haiti. He’s now working on a book about the earth 20th century origins of black politics in Brooklyn, New York.  In 2000 he wrote "One Hundred Jobs: A Panorama of Work in the American City."

Yukari Iwatani Kane is a journalist and author. Her book, "Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs," was published by HarperCollins in March 2014. She has nearly fifteen years of experience covering the technology industry and wrote about Apple during the last years of Steve Jobs’s reign for The Wall Street Journal. She broke many stories, including the news about the CEO’s liver transplant. Before that, Yukari was a correspondent in Tokyo. She started her career at Reuters and U.S. News and World Report.

Reshma Kapadia is an award-winning financial journalist. Currently, she is a staff writer at Barron's Magazine. Previously, she covered investing and personal finance as a senior writer at SmartMoney, the Wall Street Journal's monthly magazine. Prior to SmartMoney, Kapadia was a correspondent for Reuters News for seven years. In 2003, she was awarded the Knight Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University. Kapadia began her journalism career in Chicago, first at Bloomberg News and then at wire service Knight Ridder Financial News (later Bridge News), covering foreign exchange.

Christine Kenneally, PhD is a journalist and author who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and New Scientist, as well as other publications. Her book, "The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language," was published in hardback by Viking in 2007. Before becoming a reporter, Kenneally received a Ph.D. in linguistics from Cambridge University and a B.A. (Honors) in English and Linguistics from Melbourne University. Read the OpEd Project Interview with Christine Kenneally 

Naz Khan was the creator of Al Jazeera English’s Opinion page. Grounded in the principles of engagement, it provided a platform for indigenous and disenfranchised voices from around the world. The success of the page allowed him to attract and manage over 2000 contributors, among them notable scholars and public intellectuals from every region of the world. His most satisfying professional endeavor was an initiative he conceived to reverse the ratio of male (80 per cent) to female authors (20 percent) for a set period in early 2013, with the tacit ambition of maintaining an even ratio after the initiative. He is grateful for the help he received from the team at the OpEd Project in making the initiative a success. He is currently a Dean’s Scholar at The University of Michigan Law School, where he will be specializing in cyber law and digital copyright and instructing undergraduates in the Digital Studies minor at University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and Arts.

Zeba Khan is a Muslim-American writer and commentator of Indian ethnic origin. Since 2012, she’s served as Director of Fellowships for The Op-Ed Project, overseeing the management and growth of the PVF Program. She's also personally led the PVF programs at Yale, Stanford, and Fordham. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, and other national outlets. Khan has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and ABC Evening News. She has been recognized and honored as a leading figure in the Muslim American diaspora by the Obama Administration and the Muslim Political Action Committee. In 2009 she was first runner-up in The Washington Post’s “America’s Next Great Pundit” competition. She is a Fulbright Scholar. Read an interview with her.

Dr. Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. The author or editor of more than twenty volumes, his books include "The History of Men" (2005) and "Manhood in America: A Cultural History" (1996), which  was hailed as the definitive work on the subject. He also co-edited "The Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities" (2 volumes, 2004) and "The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities." The Encyclopedia was named “best of Reference” by the New York Public Librarians Association in 2004. His newest book "Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Becomen Men" was published by HarperCollins, 2008. Read the OpEd Project Interview with Dr. Michael Kimmel

Jordan Kisner is a freelance writer based in New York, specializing in cultural criticism and feature-length essays. She writes for New York Magazine, The New Republic, The Guardian, n+1, The American Scholar and other publications. She's also the founder and artistic director of The Bellwether, which develops and produces new work by visionary young artists.

Rebecca Kleinis currently the education reporter for The Huffington Post, where she covers national K-12 education policy and issues facing students and parents. Prior to working at The Huffington Post, she freelanced for the New York public radio station WNYC. When Rebecca is not working, she is taking classes at Columbia University, where she is completing a master's degree in journalism.

Marjorie Korn is an award-winning health, nutrition, fitness, politics and lifestyle writer and editor based in New York City. She has been a political reporter for the Associated Press, The Sunday Times (UK) and The Dallas Morning News and the food and nutrition editor at Self magazine. Her writing has also appeared in GQ, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Yoga Journal, DC Magazine,, and She has won investigative awards for uncovering mismanagement at the Alamo which led to reform within the Texas Legislature, and a review of existing laws and social trends that allows the victimization of women via cyberstalking. She is the co-founder and curriculum creator of Writers in Residency, a writing program for residents at Columbia University Medical Center and sits on the advisory board of the Student Voices Project, a nonprofit based at University of Southern California that seeks to bring newspaper programs to low-income schools in Los Angeles.

Katherine Lanpher is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist. She is a contributing editor at both More magazine and Reader's Digest,  as well as the host of "Upstairs at the Square," a reading and performance series for the Barnes and Noble Studio page (  Her short essays have been published in The New York Times op-ed page and; one of those pieces turned into her memoir, "Leap Days." She is a substitute host for “The Takeaway,” a collaboration of WNYC, PRI, the BBC and the New York Times. In 2008, she won a Gracie from American Women in Radio and Television for her weekly show "More Time,'' a radio companion to More magazine that aired on XM Satellite Radio. She is the former host of a weekly podcast on the economy for

Christine Larsonis an award-winning journalist and author who writes on business, technology, gender and the media. Her work has frequently appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report and many other publications. She is co-author of "Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better" (Hyperion, May 2010), which Publisher’s Weekly called “a riveting exploration of women’s economic emancipation in the 21st century.”  Larson was a John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford in 2009-2010, where she created a national conference for freelance journalists.  She is pursuing her doctorate in communication at Stanford, where she studies the impact of technology and the digital economy on media workers and institutions.In her role as the Department of Communication’s Rebele First Amendment Fellow, she coordinates an annual symposium on the future of journalism. 


Jessica Lahey is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic,Vermont Public Radio, and the New York Times and is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and designed the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show. Jessica earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons and teaches in Vermont.


James Ledbetter is Op-Ed Editor at Reuters.  An author and editor based in New York City, his recent books include “Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex"; "Dispatches for the New York Tribune: Selected Journalism of Karl Marx," and "Made Possible By...: The Death of Public Broadcasting in the United States."He's worked at Slate and He is a former senior editor of Time Magazine, The Industry Standard, and former staff writer for The Village Voice. His writing also has appeared in several other US publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Mother Jones.

Joe Loya is an author, essayist, playwright, and contributing editor at the Pacific News Service. His op-eds have appeared in many national newspapers, he has done commentary on television and radio, and he has lectured at numerous colleges. While serving seven years in prison for violent crimes, he began to re-write his life story, figuratively and literally. With the prize-winning writer Richard Rodriguez as a pen pal, Loya eventually left prison and became a writer. His memoir, "The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell" received high acclaim. Loya has worked with Walden House to help former prisoners re-enter society. He has received a Sundance Writing Fellowship, a Sun Valley Writer's Conference Fellowship and a Soros Justice Fellowship. Read the OpEd Project Interview with Joe Loya



 Carolyn Lumsden is opinion editor of The Hartford Courant in Connecticut. She's won many writing awards. Lumsden has published thousands of op-eds in the Courant, many of which have been reprinted in newspapers around the world. Lumsden began her career with Random House publishers in New York, where she copy-edited fiction and nonfiction books, including the late poet Kenneth Koch's anthology “Sleeping on the Wing” and “Energy Future: Report of the Energy Project at the Harvard Business School.” She received a master's at Yale on a Knight Foundation Fellowship in Law for Journalists. She is former president of the Association of Opinion Page Editors and served on the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.

Miranda Daniloff Mancusi's work spans the worlds of higher education, public policy, and journalism. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor. She has also written and delivered radio commentary for WBUR Radio, Boston’s NPR affiliate and previously worked as a newscaster and a news producer for Monitor Radio and WGN Radio in Chicago.

Nicole Volpe Miller is the COO at Deke Digital where she helps business leaders create opinion and commentary pieces for everything from trade publications to national media platforms. She spent 15 years as a Reuters journalist, where she built and led the global Reuters Summits high-profile interview series. As a reporter, she covered everything from political unrest and street violence in post-coup Haiti to covering the dot-com boom and bust. She was the editor in charge of Reuters’ U.S. technology and media coverage and won Journalist of the Year, Reuters Americas in 2002. More recently, Nicole led content strategy for a new wealth-management division at Bloomberg, and led a unit charged with the creation of innovative consumer financial tools at Reuters and Lipper..

Natalie Moore is a reporter for WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio and an adjunct instructor at Columbia College Chicago.  Previously, she was a city hall reporter for the Detroit News, an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem.  Moore's work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, In These Times, and the Chicago Tribune. She is co-author of two books including "Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation."  Moore is a 2009 fellow at Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media. She's also on the board of directors of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance and has won several awards.

Dale Maharidge, a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, is the author of ten books. His first book, "Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass" (1985), inspired Bruce Springsteen to write two songs; it was reissued in 1996 with an introduction by Springsteen. His second book, "And Their Children After Them" (1989), won the Pulitzer Prize. He was a visiting professor at Stanford University for ten years and before that he spent 15 years as a newspaperman, writing for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Sacramento Bee, and others. He’s written for Rolling Stone, George Magazine, The Nation, Mother Jones, The New York Times, among others. Maharidge was a 1988 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He has had artistic residencies at both Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. 

Courtney E. Martin is an author, blogger, and speaker. She is also the author of five books, including "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women." She is Editor Emeritus at, Founding Director of the Solutions Journalism Network, and Partner at Valenti Martin Media, a social media strategy firm. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and MORE Magazine, among other publications. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She has led PVF Programs at Princeton and Yale. Read more at

Michael Massing is a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. Michael Massing received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard and an MS from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He often writes for the New York Review of Books concerning the media and foreign affairs. He has written for The American Prospect, The New York Times, The New Yorker and the Atlantic Monthly. In addition to his magazine contributions, he has written on the War on Drugs in his book, "The Fix" (2002), and on American journalism, "Now They Tell Us: The American Press and Iraq." Massing received the MacArthur Fellowship in 1992.

   Nicole Matos has enjoyed an almost 20-year areer in American higher education as a professor, administrator, nationally recognized commentator, and consultant. A former community college student herself, she is currently Professor of English at the College of DePage in suburban Chicago. Her specific interests include high education special needs advocacy, women in leadership, and the mentoring of other writers.

Laura Mazer is a veteran Op-Ed editor, book editor, and publishing consultant. In the 1990s, she was the managing editor of Creators Syndicate, the international agency that represents people like Molly Ivins, Arianna Huffington, Hillary Clinton, Tony Snow, Robert Novak, and Susan Estrich. The columns she has edited have appeared in close to every daily newspaper in the country, and many international papers as well. Mazer is also a book editor, having worked with publishing houses such as Avalon Publishing Group, Perseus Books Group, and Random House. She has served as the columns editor at the award-winning literary magazine Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined, and as the special sections editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Morgan McGinley is a retired editorial page editor of The Day in New London, Ct. He is a past president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers and of its foundation. He is a former president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors and was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2004 and 2005. He served as a member of the Task Force on Minorities in the Newspaper Business for five years and was the the first James A. Clendinen Fellow in critical writing at the University of South Florida in 1999. He is a past president of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information.

Joonji Mdyogolo has been a newspaper and magazine journalist in South Africa for more than 10 years. She is currently living in the United States as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, a Fulbright program. Prior to that she was the deputy editor of O, The Oprah Magazine, South Africa. She has worked as an editor for Business in Africa and Blink magazine. She started her career, as a news reporter and copy editor, in South Africa’s major publishing house, Independent Newspapers. She also currently writes freelance for magazines and newspapers in her country. 

Katharine Mieszkowski is a journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She's been a senior writer for Salon and Fast Company. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, MS, Glamour, San Francisco and on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." She won the 2009 Utne Independent Press Award for environmental coverage. Mieszkowski's stories have been anthologized in "Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity," edited by Michael Lewis, and "The Best American Technology Writing 2007," edited by Steven Levy. She was a co-founding editors of, which launched in 1995. She's worked for two Internet start-ups and launched three blogs. Katharine can be followed on Twitter @kmieszkowski.

Michele Morris is a writer, editor and writing teacher. She launched her journalism career at an English-language trade weekly in Taiwan and worked as a foreign editor in Bejing on China Reconstructs. For 15 years she was a magazine editor in New York where she worked at Savvy, American Photographer, Diversion, Working Woman and Money. She has been a contributing editor or columnist for Child, Travel Holiday and McCall’s. She is the author of two non-fiction books.  Morris has written articles and essays for many national publications, including Travel Holiday, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Self, Glamour, Child, Diversion, Good Housekeeping, Health, The Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.  She’s blogged for Huffington Post and Ms. magazine. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah where she teaches magazine writing. 

 Jenn Mueller is an attorney, educator, and writer whose writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, USAToday, the LA Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Times, the El Paso Times, and Huffington Post.  As a professor at American University Washington College of Law, Jen authored several law review articles on political participation, co-edited a book chapter on ethical representation of clients, and worked with students to improve their writing and communication skills.  She began her law career in private practice at the Washington, DC, firm WilmerHale and later was counsel at The Raben Group.  Jen has blogged about many of her travel adventures, including a solo 8-month trip around the world and a charity rally driving an ex-military ambulance from the UK to Mongolia.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and UNC-Chapel Hill.


 Michelle Herrera Mulligan is a writer and editor with 20 years of experience. Her essays and articles have reached more than 1 million people online and in print in the past two years, in publications ranging from The New York Times magazine to She was the founding editor in chief of Cosmo For Latinas magazine, and built a community that consistently reached 2-3 million readers per month online and more than 100,000 on the newsstand. A frequent college speaker and writing coach, she feels especially inspired to work on projects focused creating a vision, owning one's voice, and building a dream, which she spoke about at a Tedx conference hosted at Barnard College titled “Dream Wild.”

Anna North is a senior editor at BuzzFeed, where she creates and curates data-driven analyses on everything from pop culture to politics at new section BuzzFeed Ideas. She has also covered gender politics and science at BuzzFeed, and at Jezebel, where she was News Editor. Her first novel, “America Pacifica,” was published in 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown.

Kelly Jean Kellyis a broadcast journalist (web, radio, video) at the Voice of America, where she is the lead writer and editor for an award-winning U.S. history series. During the 2008 presidential election, Kelly was a correspondent from the battleground states for the Huffington Post. Her freelance articles have appeared in many outlets, including the Financial Times, Washington Post, and Poets & Writers. She is the co-author of "Work on Purpose," a nonfiction book about social entrepreneurs. Kelly has taught writing for over ten years, including the Logic and Rhetoric course at Columbia University. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia and a BA from Yale.

Betsy O'Donovan, who became the first female editorial page editor for The (Durham, N.C.) Herald-Sun in 2010, is a 2013 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She has been a print and broadcast journalist since 1998. She has worked at The Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, ESPN, The Anniston (Ala.) Star, The Idaho State Journal and at a number of community newspapers around the country. Her freelance reporting and criticism has appeared in various online publications and magazines. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University.

Catherine O'Neill Grace is a longtime editor and writer. She is currently an associate editor at Wellesley, the Wellesley College alumnae magazine. She edited Tufts Veterinary Medicine magazine for the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine from 2008-2010, and has been editor of Creative Living magazine, a quarterly published by Northwestern Mutual, since 2001. In the 1990s, she edited Independent School magazine for the National Association of Independent Schools in Washington, D.C. She wrote “How & Why,” a health and science column for kids, for the Washington Post, from 1985-2000. She co-authored "Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children" (Ballantine 2001). She has written several children’s books, including, "The White House: An Illustrated History" (Scholastic, 2003).

Jane O'Reilly has published hundreds of articles in dozens of places.  She helped found Ms. Magazine in 1972 and she wrote the first cover story, “Click! The Housewife’s Moment of Truth”. Her first book, "The Girl I left Behind," grew out of a syndicated newspaper column she wrote in the 1970s.  From 1973 to 1985 she was a Contributor to Time Magazine, and from 1983 to 1986 she was a columnist for Vogue Magazine. O’Reilly has written feature articles, investigative journalism, travel writing, op ed pieces, book reviews, travel articles, and even restaurant criticism.  She was a Contributing Editor to New York Magazine in the late 60s and early 70s, and a regular reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Book Review in the 70s and 80s.  She gave speeches around the country on women’s issues and appeared on radio and television.  She attended the 1985 UN Conference on Women in Nairobi and the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing.

Michael Oreskes is Vice President and Senior Managing Editor in charge of the daily all-format and global news report for The Associated Press. Oreskes had been Managing Editor for U.S. News since 2008, when he joined the AP. Before joining the AP, he had served as executive editor of the Paris-based International Herald Tribune since 2005. Previously, he held a variety of positions at The New York Times, including deputy managing editor and Washington bureau chief. He started with the Times in 1981 as a metropolitan correspondent from the (New York) Daily News, where he worked as a general assignment reporter, City Hall bureau chief, and also covered education, Albany and the labor beat.

 Wendy Paris

Wendy Paris is journalist, author and blogger based in Los Angeles. Her book, Splitopia: Dispatches from Today's Divorce and How to Part Well (Atria/Simon & Schuster in March 2015) challenges the outdated, overly negative assumptions about divorce and profiles couples in positive, post-marriage relationships. Her reporting, essays and radio commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure,, The Guardian, The Forward, Self, and Marketplace radio. She has also worked as a radio and television reporter and producer. She was a 2014 Fellow with the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit enterprise New America, and a 2012 Encore Fellow with During her fellowship year with Encore, she served as the communications director of Sustainable South Bronx, a nonprofit focused on environmental and economic issues in the South Bronx. She has a master's degree in creative non-fiction from Columbia University.

Vibhuti Patel is a Contributing editor at Newsweek International. She edited the Letters to the Editor Page for the magazine, reviewed books and continues to write on art and culture. She has interviewed many of the best post-Rushdie novelists for Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Bloomberg News, The Times of India, and India Today Magazine. She is the author of "Mrs. Kennedy Goes Abroad" (Artisan, 1998). Before becoming a journalist she taught English Literature at Bombay University in India, writing and research methods at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and Modern Indian Literature in the International Baccalaureat program at the United Nations International School in New York.

Annie Murphy Paul is a magazine journalist and book author whose writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Salon, Shape, Health, Ladies Home Journal, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. Her articles, including several cover stories, have also appeared in Time magazine, where she is a contributing writer and a weekly columnist at A former senior editor at Psychology Today magazine, she was awarded the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. She is the author of two books including "The Cult of Personality" and "Origins," named a Notable Book of 2010 by The New York Times. Paul is currently at work on a book about the science of learning, to be published by Crown in 2013. She teaches writing at Yale University and is a fellow of the Yale Journalism Initiative.

Kaja Perina is editor in chief of the magazine Psychology Today and, which includes a vast network of expert bloggers. Kaja has written about and directed extensive coverage of the social sciences and contemporary culture, medicine, and behavioral genetics. Current research interests include individual differences in personality and reading interpersonal signals. She has held positions at Vogue, Brill's Content (a now-defunct publication about the media), The Associated Press and Independent Television News of London. Her work has been anthologized in "The Best American Science Writing"series.

David M. Perry is an associate professor of history at Dominican University and a freelance journalist. He writes about disability, police violence, parenting, gender, and history. Since taking the OpEd Project Core Seminar in 2013, David has published over 100 essays, both reported pieces and commentary, in venues such as CNN, the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, The Atlantic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and many more. He has become a nationally-recognized reporter on disability issues, and is currently writing a book for Beacon Press on police violence and disability. See a selection of David's work at


Kelly R. Pope, PhD, CPA is a writer, filmmaker, professor and entrepreneur.  She was a Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project at DePaul in 2013.  Since then, her OpEds have appeared in The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, PBS Need to Know, and, among others. She’s developed a TED Ed lesson entitled “How People Rationalize Fraud” and has appeared on Inside Edition, WGN TV and the Discovery Channel. Her in process documentary, All the Queen’s Horses, which is the source of many of her OpEds, is being co-produced with Kartemquin Films. She is an associate professor of accounting at DePaul University and founder of Helios Digital Learning.

Sharon Poczter is a professor of managerial economics at Cornell University. Trained as an economist, she has spent the greater part of the last fifteen years studying economics and policy at Cornell University, The London School of Economics, and the University of California Berkeley. More generally, she is interested in understanding how financing affects industrial growth in emerging markets and her research follows this, intersecting finance, firm strategy, and development. She examines how major policies (like bailouts) as well as major institutional changes (such as democratization) affect the banking sector and private sector firm innovation and performance. Her research has been published in several leading peer-reviewed journals and garnered research awards at major conferences.In her public work,  she is interested in uncovering the fallacies told to the general public regarding economics, policy, and social issues, using a truly independent lens based on economics, not groupthink. She expose these in her columns, which are featured on the Hill, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and Fox News, among other outlets. She has also commented on economic issues on major international and national radio and television programs including several programs on Bloomberg Radio, Voice of America, and Fox News. Her economic take on a woman’s choice to work was also featured in Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, and she frequently writes and talks about this issue publicly. Follow her on @sharonpoczter or reach her at

Lisa Pryor writes a weekly opinion column for the Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald. She was previously the opinion page editor of the same newspaper. Last year her book "The Pin Striped Prison: How overachievers get trapped on corporate jobs they hate" was published by Picador. Her seven years as a newspaper journalist included working as an investigative reporter, and this year she will be teaching a university course in investigative reporting. She has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney. In her spare time, she likes to write offensive satirical articles.

Teresa Puente teaches journalism at California State University, Long Beach and is a senior facilitator with The OpEd Project. She is the founder of and writes the Chicanísima blog. Puente was previously a reporter at the Chicago Tribune and also was a member of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board and wrote a column for the opinion section. Puente has also worked for newspapers in southern California and for Hispanic Link News Service in Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of the Studs Terkel Award from the Community Media Workshop. Puente has published opeds in TIME, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, Newsday, In These Times and many other media outlets.

Brian Pellot is a freelance journalist and director of global strategy at Religion News Service and Religion News Foundation. He has worked and reported from more than 50 countries and currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Brian’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Daily Beast, USA Today, Inter Press Service, Foreign Policy, Religion News Service, Huffington Post, International Living and dozens of other publications. He speaks regularly about freedom of expression, religious freedom, and LGBTQI+ rights at media and human rights conferences around the world. Before joining RNS/RNF, Brian was digital policy advisor at Index on Censorship in London and online editor at Free Speech Debate in Oxford, U.K. He studied international convergence journalism at the University of Missouri and received an MPhil as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford researching queer community identity formation in the Middle East.

Dante Ramos is deputy editorial page editor at the Boston Globe. He handles editorials and op-ed pieces on a variety of subjects and has written extensively on politics, economic affairs, transportation, and urban life. In 2014, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his editorials on cultural barriers to civic and economic growth in Boston. Before joining the Globe's editorial board in 2006, he worked as a beat reporter and opinion page staffer for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He has also written for The Economist, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review,, and other publications. He has a BA from Harvard College. Follow him on Twitter @danteramos.

Amy B. Resnick is a veteran financial journalist and editor with more than 20 years experience, she was most recently Americas Editor of Thomson Reuters' International Financing Review magazine. Before joining IFR, she was editor in chief of The Bond Buyer, the daily newspaper of the municipal bond market, for more than 10 years. Prior to that, she worked as its managing editor.  She worked in The Bond Buyer’s Washington Bureau covering federal tax policy, legislation, and enforcement as well as state and local government finance at the federal level and the financial condition of the District of Columbia.  She worked for more than three years at the Fairfax Journal, including as its Capitol Bureau chief in Richmond.  She has a Masters of Science in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Carol Rial has been a writing instructor for twenty years in New York City for adults as well as college writers. Besides her career as an educator, she has also worked as an editor for such writers as Pulitzer Prize winner Art Buchwald, Anne Dick (widow of Philip K. Dick) and writer June Bingham. She is currently working as developmental editor on a nonfiction work by a former official of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. She has co-written manuscripts and worked as a writing coach to writers of all stripes. For three years she was a script analyst and book scout for Bob Weinstein of Miramax Films. You can read more about her at

Helen Rumbelow has worked at the Times of London from 1997. She was first a health reporter, then became a political correspondent. From 2003 to 2004 Helen was assistant op-ed editor of The Times. From 2006 to 2008, she returned to work on the op-ed desk where she worked as both a commissioner and a writer of op-ed pieces. She now works as a writer at The Times. She holds an MA from Stanford University where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Newsday. She was the Laurence Stern Fellow at the Washington Post in 2002, and in 2000 worked as a guest writer in Berlin for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Lauren Sandler has written on issues of gender, culture, religion, and equality for many publications including The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, The Nation, BusinessWeek, and Time, where she has published two cover stories to date. She is the bestselling author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One, and of Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement. Sandler is a former producer at NPR, the former Life Editor of Salon, and has taught courses in writing social commentary at NYU's graduate journalism program. She lives in Brooklyn.

Tanyanika Samuels Davis is a speechwriter for the Mayor of New York City. Prior to entering politics, she was an award-winning journalist. Tanyanika spent 15 years writing for major newspapers across the U.S., covering a wide range of topics including crime,politics, education, criminal justice, and the arts. Her journalism career took her far and wide, from the ruins of the 9/11 attacks in New York City to the Kalahari Desert in Botswana to a jailhouse in upstate New York to interview the Son of Sam. The latter happened in 2012 and yes, we still keep in touch.

Amanda Schaffer is a science writer focusing on medicine and health. She is a contributing editor at Technology Review magazine where she’s written on drug pricing, genetic testing, tissue engineering, innovation, and women in science. She has served as a science and medical columnist for Slate magazine and contributed to numerous publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic.

Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Plain Dealer and Creators Syndicate. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. She won the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary and the National Headliner Award for Commentary. In 2003, Schultz was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series of stories chronicling the ordeal of man wrongly incarcerated for a rape he did not commit. The series won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for social justice reporting, the National Headliner Best of Show Award and journalism awards from Columbia and Harvard universities. In 2004, Schultz won the Batten Medal. She is the author of two books, "Life Happens – And Other Unavoidable Truths," and "...and His Lovely Wife," a memoir about her husband Sherrod Brown’s successful 2006 race for the U.S. Senate.

Jeffrey L. Seglin is a Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Communications Program at Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches a course on opinion and column writing. Seglin writes The Right Thing, a weekly column on general ethics that has been syndicated by Tribune Media Services since September 2010. From 2004 through 2010, he wrote an ethics column distributed by The New York Times Syndicate. From 1998 through 2004, Seglin wrote a monthly business ethics column for the Sunday New York Times Money and Business section. Seglin also wrote an ethics column for Fortune magazine called “The Righteous Stuff.” Prior to 1998, Seglin was an executive editor at Inc. magazine. He is the author of "The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal  Responsibility in Today’s Business," which was named one of the Best Business Books of 2003 by the Library Journal. 

Deborah Siegel,PhD, is an author,TEDx speaker, and thought leadership coach. A Senior Facilitator with The OpEd Project, shepiloted PVF programs at Fordham and Princetonand has directed the PVF at DePaul University. She is the author of two books (Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone WildandOnly Child) and runsthe group blogGirl w/Pen, housed at The Society Pages.She is also the co-founder of both Barnard’s web journal The Scholar & Feminist Online and the popular website She Writes.Her essays and op-eds have appeared in national outlets and she has been featured on television and radio. She isthe recipient of multiple writing residencies and a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University. Visit her at

Charlotte Silver is a journalist and has reported from Palestine, Israel and the United  States. She was based in the Occupied West Bank for two years where she worked as a freelance investigative reporter as well as Editor-in-Chief  of the online news outlet, The Palestine Monitor. She is an Opinion  columnist for Al Jazeera English, and her investigative work is published in In These Times Magazine, AlterNet, Inter Press Service, Truthout and many other outlets. Based in the Bay Area, she also produces radio features for NPR member station, KALW. She has a degree in History and German Studies from Stanford  University.

Jessica Seigel is an award-winning journalist, Glamour Magazine columnist, New York University journalism instructor, and writer. Her articles and guest spots for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Salon, and National Public Radio have reached millions. Seigel’s media criticism and consumer reporting have been featured on Good Morning America, Fox TV and The O'Reilly Factor. Seigel began her career as a Chicago Tribune reporter and national correspondent, including reporting live daily on TV. She honed her radio skills as the “Countess of Culture” for NPR’s Day to Day and co-hosted a daily talk show on the XM Satellite Network. In magazines, she documented the rise of celebrity and the Internet as a Buzz magazine Contributing Editor and Brill’s Content Senior Writer. She has earned several awards. Read the OpEd Project Interview with her 

Hannah Seligson is a journalist and author. Her most recent book, "A Little Bit Married: How to know when it’s time to walk down the aisle or out the door, "uncovers and spotlights a major trend in dating today: the long-term unmarried relationship. Her reporting has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Her first book, "New Girl on the Job: Advice from the Trenches," a career guide for young women was based on over a hundred interviews she conducted. She regularly gives speeches in many venues. She has been featured in news outlets such as The Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and Glamour. Please visit to learn more.

Alicia Shepard is is an award-winning media critic who has spent three decades as a newspaper and magazine reporter, author and university journalism professor. She is currently a visiting professor at University of Nevada Las-Vegas. Alicia spent nearly four years as National Public Radio Ombudsman Shepard is author of the critically acclaimed book, Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate, which explores the lives of two of America’s most famous journalists and their impact on the profession. She teaches media ethics among other courses. Traveling widely, Shepard sailed with her family through the South Pacific for three years on a 32-foot sailboat.

Polly Shulman was an editor for many years, at Science, Discover, and The Village Voice. She was a weekly columnist for Newsday and a monthly columnist for Salon, and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Slate, Archeology, and Scientific American. She is the author of several novels for young adults and middle-grade readers: The Grimm Legacy (a Bank Street Best Book and Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Finalist), its companions The Wells Bequest and The Poe Annex, and Enthusiasm (a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice book). She majored in math at Yale and grew up in New York City, where she still lives.


Amy Singer teaches at Columbia Journalism School and is a writer and editor specializing in legal issues. She worked at The American Lawyer magazine for 20 years, covering topics that included the death penalty, immigration and women in the law. She has edited at BusinessWeek and Thomson Reuters and has written for The New York Times, The Nation, Marie Claire and other publications. She won a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, Honorary Mention, for her Marie Claire story, "Girls Sentenced to Abuse." She also won a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for Best Single Article for her editing of "Recipe for Disaster," an American Lawyer investigative feature, and she wrote one of the lead articles in “Can America Enforce Its Drug Laws,” for which American Lawyer won a National Magazine Award for Single Topic Issue. 

Jolie Solomon is a journalist, writing coach and media consultant who has been on staff at The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, More magazine and The Cincinnati Post, among others. Her freelance clients include CBS,, Time Inc., The New York Times and the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. Solomon co-founded the Peer Writing Tutors Program at Oberlin College, ran the internship program at Newsweek and has taught at Seton Hall University and New York University. She has earned awards for her own work; she is also proud to have fielded angry phone calls from Fortune 500 CEOs, politicians and personalities, including Jim ("Mad Money") Cramer. She has written and edited many stories about the evolving power and voice of American women.

Jimmy Soni is the Managing of The Huffington Post Media Group, a position he assumed at age 26. Prior to this, he served as Chief of Staff for Arianna Huffington, the President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post. He worked as a speechwriter and policy aide for the Mayor of Washington, DC. He began his career at the management consultancy McKinsey and Company, where, among other projects, he worked with the firm's internal think tank, the McKinsey Global Institute. He is the co-author of a forthcoming biography of Cato the Younger, Julius Caesar's arch nemesis, titled Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato. His writing and commentary have appeared in The Atlantic and NPR, among other outlets. At Duke University he was awarded a William J. Griffith Award for campus leadership and then the George J. Mitchell Scholarship for graduate study in Ireland.

Kathryn Stearns has spent more than 30 years in journalism as a reporter, editor and editorial writer. Her byline has appeared in The Washington Post, London Times Educational Supplement and other publications. She recently stepped down as editorial page editor of the Valley News, an award-winning New Hampshire daily. While living in London, England, in the 1990s, she contributed regularly to The Economist and wrote a study on education reform for The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She served on The Washington Post’s editorial page staff for 13 years. Before that, she edited the Post's letters column, syndicated columns and op-ed submissions while also assisting in the production of a variety of Post opinion pages. She is a member of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center Board of Advisors.

Katherine Stewart is the author of "The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children" (PublicAffairs, 2012). She has also published two novels. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Reuters, The New York Times, Religion Dispatches, and Bloomberg View. You may follow her on Twitter @kathsstewart.

Bob Sullivan is the author of popular blog The Red Tape Chronicles on, and a technology writer with a focus on technology crime and consumer fraud. Sullivan is also the author of three books, including the 2008 New York Times Best-Seller, "Gotcha Capitalism," and the 2010 New York Times Best Seller, "Stop Getting Ripped Off!" He appears regularly on various NBC News programs, including the Today show, NBC Nightly news, CNBC, and NBC affiliates around the country. He is the nation’s leading journalist covering identity fraud and has written more than 100 articles on the subject since 1996. Sullivan is the winner of the prestigious 2002 Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Award for his series of articles on online fraud.

Stacy Sullivan is the author of "Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America: How a Brooklyn Roofer Helped Lure the U.S. into the Kosovo War" and producer of a related documentary. She covered the war in Bosnia for Newsweek magazine, and her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine and The New Republic. Sullivan is now an adviser on counterterrorism for Human Rights Watch.


 Emma-Kate Symons is a Washington-based journalist, editor and former Paris correspondent. Her OpEds and features have been published in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Women in the World in association with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico Europe, The Atlantic, and Quartz. An alumnus of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Emma-Kate has been a Reuters reporter on Wall Street, fellow with The Social Science Research Council, and a media relations consultant and editor with The World Bank.  A regular guest commentator on radio and TV (BBC, NPR, C-Span, Canal Plus, France 24, ABC Australia, Sky News) she has covered elections and terrorism in France, the United States, The Philippines, Thailand and her native Australia.

Maia Szalavitz is a journalist and author who covers neuroscience and the intersection between mind, brain and behavior. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Redbook, Time Magazine online, New Scientist, Reason, Mother Jones, O: the Oprah Magazine and other major publications and has appeared on Oprah, CNN, MSNBC and NPR. She is a Senior Fellow at She is co-author of "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories" from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook (Basic, 2007) and author of "Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids" (Riverhead, 2006). Read the OpEd Project Interview with Maia Szalavitz

Eve Tahmincioglu is an award-winning journalist, most recently covering business for and She’s a social media and digital content expert with a focus on helping nonprofits get the wordouttheever-changing digital age. She has been able to boost website and social media engagement for a host of organizations, with recent stints as Director of Digital Strategy and Social Media for and Senior Director of Communications and Social Media for Families and Work Institute, where she oversaw the publication of numerousopedsin major media. She was named one of the top online business columnist in the country by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and she's the voice behind the popular blog, which was named one of the top ten blogs by Forbes, US News & World Report and CareerBuilder. She's also one of the top 10 career tweeters on Twitter, according to CNN and CareerBuilder. She's the author of "From the Sandbox to the Corner Office" and has been a regular contributorforthe New York Times and BusinessWeek, and a staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times, UPI and Women's Wear Daily.  

Elaine Tyler May, Regents Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota, has served as President of the Organization of American Historians in 2009-2010, and as President of the American Studies Association in 1995-96. She has taught at Princeton University, Harvard University, and as Distinguished Fulbright Chair in American History at University College, Dublin, Ireland. She hsa written many books, including "Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era" (Basic Books 1988, new edition 2008). She is also co-author of a college-level United States history textbook, "Created Equal: A History of the United States" (Pearson, 4th edition 2013). She has also written for magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Minneapolis Star Tribune.  She is currently working on a book on security culture in the United States since World War II.

Laura Vanderkam started writing op-eds for USA Today as an intern in 2001, was named to the paper's Board of Contributors shortly thereafter, and has been writing for them ever since.  Her op-eds have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and other publications. She is the author of "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast" (Portfolio, 2013) and "168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think" (Portfolio, 2010). She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children, and blogs close to daily at

Maura Wall Hernandez is the digital editor of The Mash, the teen edition of the Chicago Tribune, and the president of the Association for Women Journalists-Chicago. She also writes the award-winning food, travel and Mexican culture blog, The Other Side of The Tortilla. Previously, Hernandez was managing editor of Café Media, a multimedia Latino lifestyle company that produced a magazine, website and newsletters. She has also worked with a variety of magazines, trade publications and digital outlets, including Advertising Age, Crain’s Chicago Business and the Tribune’s RedEye, and taught journalism as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago. She has also been a Fellow with the News Literacy Project since 2011.

Rebecca Wallace-Segall has been a NYC-based freelance writer for ten years. She has contributed op-eds, thought pieces, and features on politics, religion, youth, education policy, and psychology to The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The Huffington Post, Newsday, the Village Voice, Psychology Today,, and many other publications. She is also the founder and director of WritopiaLab, a creative writing organization for kids ages 9-19, in Manhattan     

Diane Walsh, MA, is an independent journalist and author. Originally from Montreal, she lives and works in the Pacific Northwest region. Her work is published internationally on a broad range of topics: social justice, cultural and political affairs and lifestyle trends including features in The Prague Post, A&U, Curve, Clout, The Vancouver Observer to name a few. As a freelancer, she owns and operates her own small business and is working with The Source/La Source Vancouver BC and UN Magazine in Geneva Switzerland.  She enjoys her family, her pets and travel.You can read more about her on her website.

Harriet A. Washington is a medical ethicist and writer. From 2002-2005 she was a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, has been a Visiting Scholar at DePaul University School of Law, a John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow at Tuskegee University’s Center For Bioethics, Fellow of the Stanford Professional Publishing Course, and a recipient of the Harvard Journalism Fellowship for Advanced Studies in Public Health. She is the founding editor of The Harvard Journal of Minority Public Health. She wrote "Medical Apartheid." She is a member of the boards of DePaul University’s Health Law Institute, the Journal of the National Medical Association, the Free Press and American Legacy magazine. She has taught at several universities and received numerous awards.

Michele Weldon is an award-winning journalist and author with more than three decades of experience. She is the director of The OpEd Project's Northwestern PVF, and she was a co-leader of PFV at Stanford and Princeton universities. She is an assistant professor emerita in service at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University and co-director of TEDx NorthwesternU 2014. She is the award-winning author of three books. She has been published in hundreds of outlets like Al Jazeera, Chicago Tribune, CNN, The Guardian, and New York Times. Weldon has delivered nearly 200 keynotes and has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television shows. She is a former member of the board of directors of Journalism & Women Symposium, a member of the board of advisors for Global Girl Media and a member of the Association for Women Journalists.

Cassandra West is a journalist, photographer, new media consultant and teacher. She has worked in corporate communications and as an editor the Kansas City Star, St. Louis Sun, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. She is the former director of communications for Chicago Foundation for Women, a nonprofit advocacy organization and grant maker. West speaks at conferences around the country on how new media practices can promote advocacy and social justice. Cassandra is a member of the Chicago Area Women’s History Council, community advisory committee to the Women and Gender Studies Department at the University of Chicago-Illinois, In These Times Board of Editors. She teaches journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Cassandra is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. 


Linda K. Wertheimer is the author of “Faith Ed, Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance” and an award-winning journalist and essayist. A former education editor of The Boston Globe, she frequently writes about religious intolerance, especially among youths, and efforts to teach about religion in the public schools. She reported on K-12 and higher education for major newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News and The Orlando Sentinel, for nearly 25 years before taking a buyout from the Globe in 2009 to pursue writing books. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Religion News Service, The Boston Globe Magazine, and The New York Times. In Boston, she teaches writing at Grub Street. Find her on Twitter @lindakwert.

Julie Wiener is managing editor of She has worked in journalism since 1997, serving as a reporter, columnist and editor. For six years, she wrote “In The Mix,” a column and blog on interfaith relationships for The New York Jewish Week. Outside the Jewish media, her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, New York Sun, Associated Press, New York Family and the Tribeca Trib. She is a contributor to a forthcoming anthology about the legacy of women rabbis and has edited two books.

 Michele Wucker

Michele Wucker is a global thought leader with nearly three decades of experience in media and non-profit management and content. She is the author of THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore, to be published in April 2016 by St Martin’s Press. She also is the author of LOCKOUT and WHY THE COCKS FIGHT. She has been honored as a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. She previously was Vice President for Studies at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President of the World Policy Institute; and Latin America Bureau Chief at International Financing Review. Her writing has appeared in publications around the world including AmericaEconomia,, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and World Policy Journal.

Tom Zoellner is the author of four nonfiction books, "The Heartless Stone," "Uranium," "A Safeway in Arizona" and "Train." He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NPR’s All Thing Considered and Talk of the Nation, PRI’s Marketplace, Fox and Friends, CNN, Bloomberg TV and C Span’s Book TV. His work has been translated into thirteen languages, and his journalism has appeared in Harper's, Time, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Oxford American, Men's Health, Slate and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other places. He is an Associate Professor of English at Chapman University and lives in Los Angeles.

Kristal Brent Zook, Ph.D is an award-winning journalist with 20 years of experience writing for publications such as the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, Essence, the Village Voice, MORE, the LA Weekly, USA Weekend, and many more. She is the author of three books. Her most recent book is "I See Black People: The Rise and Fall of African American Television and Radio." Zook is currently an associate professor of journalism and director of the M.A. Journalism Program at Hofstra University in New York.  She is working on her fourth book, a work of historical fiction about an early 20th century female journalist. She serves on the Board of Directors at The Alicia Patterson Foundation.