Saturday, December 10, 2022


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Matt Fuehrmeyer


Former DCCC Director of Research and Strategic Communications and former Research Director for Senator Al Franken and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Follow him on Twitter @mfuehrme.

Jessica McCreight

Vice President & Executive Editor

Jessica is a political communications and media expert with over 15 years of experience. She served in the Obama Administration and has worked for progressive campaigns, causes, and candidates all over the country. Most recently she worked for Courier Newsroom, a network of local online news outlets.

Dhanya Addanki

Managing Editor

Dhanya Addanki is an editor, journalist and oral historian. Her previous editorial work focused on human rights and religion journalism. Dhanya is the managing editor at The American Independent.

Juwan Holmes

Associate Editor

Juwan is a Brooklyn-born multipotentialite currently residing in Washington, D.C. He is also a contributor to and has previously edited or written at, LGBTQ Nation, the Last Word on Sports Network, and You can find him online at @juwanthecurator and additionally @juwanthewriter on Twitter.

Ethan Edward Coston

Associate Editor

Ethan is a journalist based out of Harrisburg, PA. He previously covered politics and disinformation for Spotlight PA and higher education as a fellow at CalMatters. He graduated from UC San Diego in 2020. Follow them on Twitter @emdashEthan.


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.

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.

Matt Cohen

Political Reporter

Matt is a reporter covering extremism and politics. He was previously a former Ben Bagdikian investigative reporting fellow at Mother Jones and the former arts editor at Washington City Paper and editor-in-chief of DCist. Follow him on Twitter at @Matt_D_Cohen.

Nick Vachon

Political Reporter

Reporter covering state and local politics. Bylines in In These Times.

Kaishi Chhabra

Political Reporter

Kaishi is a political reporter based in Lansing, Michigan. Born in India, she came to the U.S. for Journalism and Media studies. She is especially passionate about women's rights and LGBTQ+ rights.

Adrian Cole

State Politics Reporter

Adrian Cole was born in the United Kingdom and came to the U.S. for graduate work in Middle Eastern Studies. Since then he has worked in policy think tanks and publishing houses, in Boston and Washington, D.C . He currently lives in Maine with his family.

Christopher van Leeuwen

State Politics Reporter

Christopher has spent the last decade researching and covering politics nationwide. Follow him on Twitter @cv_leeuwen

Alice Visocchi

Director of Outreach and Partnerships

Former campaign manager. Former researcher. Follow her on twitter @AliceInDCLand

Jessie Standafer

Digital Director

Digital strategist and content producer. Formerly Cabán for Queens and Maine Democratic Party. Creator of #PeoplePowered, used by progressive campaigns nationwide. Follow her on Twitter @JessieStandafer.

Ellison Skelly

Digital Associate

Digital strategist and designer, formerly non-profit educator and counselor.

Nuri Aydogan

Nurettin Aydogan

IT Manager

IT professional, technician and software developer.