Thursday, March 23, 2023


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 and shine a light on those in power who obstruct progress. 

Founded in 2016, True Blue Media publishes The American Independent, using content from The American Independent Foundation, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, and other sources. We cover presidential politics, the House and the Senate, the Supreme Court, and state politics. We also focus on beats that are important to our audience including LGBTQ issues, economics, voter rights, media accountability, and reproductive rights.

True Blue Media is a for-profit media company that relies on ad revenue and investors, including The American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, a 501(c)4 research organization. The American Bridge 21st Century Foundation was founded with the mission to compare and contrast progressive and conservative solutions to America's public policy concerns and to educate the American people and the nation's leaders on the results of that research.


Jessica McCreight


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.

Emma Roller

Deputy Managing Editor

Emma Roller is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, HuffPost, Jezebel, Teen Vogue, Slate and In These Times, among other places. She lives in Milwaukee, the frozen custard capital of the world. Follow her on Twitter: @EmmaRoller.

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 San Diego, CA. 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.

Will Fritz

LGBTQ beat reporter

Will Fritz is a journalist based in New York City. He previously covered politics and government, crime and courts, education, cannabis and a lot more for publications in Southern California and New York. Find him on twitter at @fritzed_you.

Rebekah Sager

Reproductive Rights Reporter

Rebekah Sager is an award-winning journalist with work published in The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Playboy, VICE, Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times, AARP, and more. In September 2022, Sager was awarded the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship in Mental Health Journalism. Follow her on Twitter @Rebekah_Sager .

Alice Visocchi

Paid Programs and Outreach Director

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

Colleen Wachenfeld

Deputy Outreach Director

Former researcher and organizer with campaign experience across the country.

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 Manager

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

Nuri Aydogan

Nurettin Aydogan

IT Manager

IT professional, technician and software developer.