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The American Independent is the No. 1 digital platform for progressive news, reaching millions of people each month. We strive to report with honesty and integrity, shining a light on those in power, and covering the progressive politics movement.


Allison Girvin


Media executive and author, specializing in digital journalism, strategic content and organizational leadership.


Kaili Joy Gray

Executive Editor

Long-time progressive editor and writer and fierce feminist. Formerly Planned Parenthood, Wonkette, and Daily Kos. Follow her on Twitter @KailiJoy


Jess McIntosh


Democratic strategist, feminist activist, and former communications advisor for Hillary Clinton, EMILY's List, & Sen. Al Franken. Follow her on Twitter @jess_mc.

Melanie Schmitz

Managing Editor

Journalist, former senior politics editor at ThinkProgress. Follow her on Twitter: @MelsLien.

Cortney Rock

Senior Editor

Senior Editor. Formerly with PPFA and publications including the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Ms.

Karen Freund


Former copy editor at Daily Kos. Russian translator, lifelong progressive and feminist.


Oliver Willis

Senior Writer

Former research fellow at Media Matters for America who has been blogging about politics since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @owillis.

Dan Desai Martin

Senior Writer

Former international development advocate, communications consultant, education advocate, and freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter @DanMartinTalks.

Emily C. Singer

Senior Writer

Emily C. Singer is a political reporter based in New York. She's covered campaigns and elections for years, including at Roll Call, Mashable and Mic. Follow her on Twitter @CahnEmily.

Josh Israel

Senior Writer

Former senior investigative reporter at ThinkProgress and former head of money-in-politics reporting at the Center for Public Integrity. Follow him on Twitter @jeisrael.

Frank Dale

Social Media Editor

Former ThinkProgress and ESPN editor. Follow him on Twitter @fwdale.

Erin Reed

Digital Director

Founder of Benchmark Politics, the top election forecaster for the 2016 primaries. Follow her on Twitter @benchmarkpol.


Josh Nerpel

Director of Outreach

Former executive director of OneVoice. Advance for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Nuri Aydogan

Nurettin Aydogan

IT Coordinator

IT professional, technician and software developer.