Mentor-Editors are highly experienced editors and columnists who are committed to finally, once and for all, improving the diversity and quality of our national conversation.  

The Mentor-Editor Program is our high-level, micro-mentoring volunteer program, in which experienced journalists connect with and give feedback to new and promising voices.  The team includes over 85 media thought leaders 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 2.5 hours a month (or they can choose to mentor more or less frequently) working with a Mentee, statistically doubling her odds of success. 

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Hear about how this works from an OpEd Project alum! How Writing an Op-Ed Can Change You and the World. 

 Jane Adams

Jane Adams is a Berkeley-based reporter, web content manager, and non-profit communications advisor. 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), and has been a contributing editor at Health and Parenting magazines. A big thrill in her career has been recording commentaries for NPR’s Morning Edition. She earned a bachelor’s in government from Harvard and a master’s of fine arts from San Francisco State University. She is a writer and web manager for a mission-driven school in Oakland and is researching maternal mortality in the developing world.

Janus Adams 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

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 has written for Truthout and is the author of "Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey into the Heartland," which is about a six-month road trip she took through the so-called 'red states' to interview people about issues they care about and why they vote the way they do (or not). Rose has appeared on the BBC and GritTV with Laura Flanders. She speaks on panels about women's issues, the media, and current events. Connect with Rose on Twitter: @roseaguilar

Marci Alboher, a nationally renowned expert on careers and work, is a Vice President at Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work, and social purpose. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, Marci is the author of One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success (Warner Books, 2007). She has been a regular contributor to the “The Takeaway” on public radio, wrote the blog “Working the New Economy” for Yahoo!, and has appeared on or been quoted by many other outlets including The Today Show, MSNBC, The Nightly News, CNBC, The Wall Street JournalBusinessWeek, National Public Radio, More Magazine, and USA Today. In addition to her roles as a Mentor Editor and Advisory Board member of The OpEd Project, Marci is on the advisory board of SheWrites, an online community for women readers and writers. 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. Marci lives with her husband and French bulldog in Greenwich Village, New York. In her free time, she walks and plays low-stakes poker, usually with other writers.


Gretchen Anderson, PhD, is a writer, literary scholar and freelance organizational consultant. At age twelve, she set the course for a lifetime of interest in women writers with the publication of her first book, The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook (1985), through Little, Brown, Inc. After graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont, she continued to pursue her passion for women writers by earning a doctorate in American literature from Stanford University—where her studies were funded in part by the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her dissertation, completed in 2002, focused on women writers in Greenwich Village during the 1920s. Throughout her graduate studies, Gretchen also taught literature and composition to undergraduates at Stanford. In addition to her writing, Gretchen has nearly ten years of experience advising organizations on issues of strategy and human capital, first at Katzenbach Partners in New York and then at On-Ramps, a New York-based executive search firm. While at Katzenbach, she developed a training curriculum that taught storytelling skills as a means to communicating brand messages. She continues to write, and is at work on her first novel.

Chloe Angyal is a writer and commentator from Sydney, Australia. She is based in New York City. Chloe is an Editor at Feministing, where she blogs about gender, sex, politics, pop culture and body image. 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.

 claudia banks

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 in various editor roles, including business,  workplace issues, urban affairs and criminal justice. 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 late 1991, focusing on human rights, racial and gender issues and commenting on cultural trends. Basu’s column appears thrice weekly on the Register’s opinion pages and 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. In May 2008, Basu received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Grinnell College. 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 a BA in sociology from Brandeis University. She graduated from the United Nations International School in New York. She is a frequent public speaker and has made guest appearances on C-Span, CNN, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and National Public Radio. Born in India to United Nations parents, Rekha grew up internationally. She has worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist at newspapers in Iowa, New York State and Florida. Basu was awarded the 2008 Women of Influence award from the Des Moines Business Record, the Iowa Interfaith Alliance award and the Iowa Farmers Union media award. She is also the recipient of the 2007 Master Columnist award from the Iowa Newspaper Association, the 2007 Iowa Associated Press Managing Editor's award for best column writing, the Des Moines YWCA’s 2006 Mary Louise Smith Award for Racial Justice; the 2003 Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice from the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, the 2002 Best of the Register commentary award, and a 2001 South Asian Journalists Association award for an essay on a Bangladeshi Muslim victim of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. She has won first place in the Vivian Castleberry Award for commentaries on women's issues and has been a frequent Best of Gannett honoree. Basu made her Des Moines stage debut this spring playing a spiritual guide named Maryamma in the StageWest production of “Miss Witherspoon.”

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, many of whom now report for major media outlets across the region. Previously, he was a senior Middle East editor for Agence France-Presse based out of Cyprus and served as a correspondent during both the Iraq war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reporting from Baghdad, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip and West Bank. 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 at the Winnipeg Free Press; the Toronto Globe and Mail, (as a summer intern and as a national and international stringer; the South China Sunday Morning Post (Hong Kong) and as Malaysia Bureau Chief for Asia Times Bangkok) and was part of the start-up team of Eastern Express newspaper in Hong Kong. He has covered numerous events, from: the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine to the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China and has reported on several major global summits, including the Sixth Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and the 2002 G-8 summit in Calgary. Michael has also interviewed world leaders including: Lee Kuan Yew (Singapore), Fidel Ramos and Corazon Aquino (Philippines), Kim Campbell (Canada), Mahathir Mohamad (Malaysia), Chatichai Choonhaven (Thailand), B.J. Habibie (Indonesia) and Yulia Tymoshenko (Ukraine). His op-eds have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail and the South China Morning Post. For two consecutive years, Michael has managed the Eye See Photo Project – UNICEF’s signature annual children’s photography project, which has benefitted dozens of children in Pakistan Rwanda and Liberia (2007/2008). He is the editor of the book, Twenty-Two Years, Twenty-Two Voices and is now at work on his first book – Whatever it Takes: From Beverly Hills to Jerusalem.  Michael has worked in several posts for the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – including as global spokesperson in Geneva and as a communication officer in several major disasters, including the second Iraq war, the Afghan emergency of 2001/2002, the South Asian earthquake in 2005 and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. He has appeared frequently on CNN, al-Jazeera and other broadcast outlets to speak about emergency operations. He is also part of the management team of HUM (Human Unlimited Media) an initiative to launch concentrated, sustainable coverage of 116 of the poorest countries of the world.

Read the OpEd Project Interview with Michael Bociurkiw


Dawn Marie Bracely has been an editorial writer at The Buffalo News for nearly 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. Dawn 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 had numerous reporting duties in news and sports departments and has also written for national magazines about her favorite sports, tennis and bicycling.

 Christine Brennan is an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator on ABC News, CNN and NPR, a best-selling author and a nationally-known speaker. Twice named one of the country's top 10 sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors, she has covered 14 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 (AWSM) and started an internship-scholarship program that now honors six female students annually. Brennan is the author of seven books. Her 2006 sports memoir, Best Seat in the House, is the first father-daughter memoir written by a sports writer.  Her 1996 best-seller, Inside Edge, was named one of the top 100 sports books of all-time by Sports Illustrated. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Brennan is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement. She received her undergraduate and master's degrees from Northwestern in 1980 and 1981, respectively. She has received honorary degrees from Tiffin University in Ohio and the University of Toledo.
jamila brown

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 Strategist of HUE; a progressive consultancy that uses that uses development solutions to solve social justice problems throughout the African diaspora. HUE, then named Global Awareness Project Consulting, was recognized as a Semi-Finalist for Echoing Green’s Social Entrepreneur Fellowship in 2011. 


KC Cole is currently a professor at USC Annenberg's School of Communication and Journalism.  Cole has produced commentaries for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Newsday, as well as public radio outlets (KPCC in Southern California and American Public Media’s Marketplace) and a wide range of magazines. Most recently, she’s been writing Op Eds for the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the Women’s Media Center. (Some of these can be found on her website,  Cole’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Smithsonian, The Columbia Journalism Review, Newsweek, Esquire, Ms., The Washington Post and many other publications; it has been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Science and Nature Writing.  She’s the author of eight nonfiction books, most recently, Something Incredibly Wonderful  Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and His Astonishing Exploratorium—a memoir/biography of her late mentor, the self-proclaimed “uncle” of the atomic bomb and founder of San Francisco’s world-renowned “museum of awareness.” Her other books include The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty — a national best-seller translated into a dozen languages — Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos, based on her Los Angeles Times columns, The Hole in the Universe: How Scientists Peered Over the Edge of Emptiness and Found Everything and First You Build a Cloud: Reflections on Physics as a Way of Life.  Before getting into science writing, she wrote about women’s issues, politics, travel, education, and other subjects—usually combining many of the above. Currently, 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!

Helen Coster is a staff writer at Forbes in New York, where she covers a range of topics. She has written about companies and entrepreneurs in China, Mexico, India and South Africa. 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. She graduated from Princeton University.

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. A graduate of Buffalo State College, she obtained a master's degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University.


Read the OpEd Project Interview with Maura Casey

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, and then Russia, in such diverse areas as print journalism and television, women's issues, medicine, education, law enforcement, fire fighting, architecture, real estate and physical fitness.  She was for many years the president of the Organization for International Professional Exchanges, Inc., a private, nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, MA, 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.  Cynthia is also a freelance writer who has been published most frequently on the op ed pages of the Boston Globe newspaper.   She is currently on the Board of Access Tucson, is the host of Access Tucson’s TV show Political Perspectives, and is the Chair of People for Access Tucson.

Deborah Douglas is an adjunct journalism lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, media consultant and on-air analyst. During two decades of practice, Douglas has been a newsroom leader, including writing a column for the Chicago Sun-Times and serving as a member of the paper’s editorial board. Douglas’ pieces have addressed a variety of political, social and entertainment phenomena. Her humorous, daring, culturally relevant essays have included a defense of Don Imus and Clarence Thomas, in addition to the politics of nappy hair, cheating husbands, reparations and the hypocrisy of anti-Muslim sentiment. Her boldness has led to many media appearances, including CNN. Her work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Crisis magazine, Huffington Post, Time, Heart & Soul magazine Douglas also served as Sun-Times’ deputy features editor, leading a large writing and design staff in producing and redesigning the paper’s most entertaining and profitable titles. A new-title development leader, Douglas is the founding editor-in-chief of Red Streak, a newspaper targeted to young, urban professionals. Douglas’ award-winning special projects have included The New Downtown (which was turned into a book) and The Baby Ceiling (which led to her appearance on “Oprah”). Douglas is a 2006 NABJ/Kaiser Family Foundation fellow: She traveled to Tanzania to study malaria, sub-Saharan Africa’s most pressing health issue. In 2007, she traveled to Northeast England to study the U.K.’s history and cuisine. Her travels have also taken her to Senegal, Tunisia, Spain; London, England; and a variety of tropical islands that are all delightful in their own way. Learn more about her at



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 She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. But 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, the interactive museum of news in Washington, D.C. She is the chair of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and a board member of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and 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 book, Food Finds, co-written with her twin sister, 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 a staged reading at Arena Stage in August, 2009 with actress Kathleen Turner playing Molly. Engel co-authored a Fodor’s guide to American baseball parks with her husband and two children. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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. Randi is currently a fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. She received her B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, her M.D. from Yale University and her M.P.H. from the Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband and four children. 

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.

mindy fetterman

Mindy Fetterman is General Manager of Personal Finance for USA TODAY, a new business and content vertical focusing on editorial content and products for print, online, mobile and all USA TODAY platforms. She has been with USA TODAY since 1987 as a reporter, assignment editor and Deputy Managing Editor in two sections – News and Money. She formerly worked for The Dallas Morning News and Atlanta Constitution. Fetterman is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the mother of one daughter. She lives in Alexandria, Va. She used to own a tiny piece of a pretty good little Thoroughbred filly that won at Churchill Downs, which for a Kentuckian, was the thrill of a lifetime.


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, covering the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and international aid in development, conflict and disaster settings. 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. Most recently she was 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 San Francisco-based journalist and writing mentor whose latest book, All Over the Map, is a travel memoir and sequel to her 2001 New York Times bestseller, An Italian Affair. Laura’s first book,an exposé of the diet industry, was Losing It. Laura’s articles have been featured in The New York Times; O, the Oprah Magazine; Gourmet; Afar; Tricycle Buddhist Review; Vogue; Mother Jones; More; Health; The Daily Beast;; and numerous other magazines and anthologies. She has won several awards for her work, including the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award for essay writing. Laura has taught writing at local universities and national workshops. She works with several other San Francisco writers and filmmakers in a collective called The Grotto, where she also regularly teaches classes. She teaches writing workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico–Laura’s Mexican Writing Fiestas. Laura also mentors individual writers, working with them to develop narrative nonfiction projects, including magazine features, personal essays, memoirs, and other nonfiction books.


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, due out in April 2011, and American Chestnut: The Life, Death and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree, published in 2007. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Discover, Smithsonian, Reader's Digest, Health, OnEarth and other national publications.


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 media relations for the California office of the Center for Responsible Lending, a research and policy organization headquartered in Durham, N.C. Prior to joining CRL, Ginna was Director of Public Relations at Full Court Press Communications in Oakland, California, where she worked on a diverse portfolio of clients primarily in the areas of the environment and education. She has also worked as an editor at AlterNet, as a strategist for the Breakthrough Institute and was a Leland-Emerson Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center in 2000. Ginna edited, with Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the 2002 anthology The Paradox of Loyalty: An African-American Response to the War on Terrorism.

Frank Grundstrom began his journalistic career, in 1956, writing for a base newspaper while serving in the US Air Force. Upon discharge, he entered Boston University, graduating in l961 with a BS in journalism and went on to work as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Brookline, MA, Torrington, CT and Quincy, MA before moving to The Boston Globe in l966.  His career at The Globe spanned 32 years—where he began as a copy editor. He became Assistant Managing Editor for News and then Managing Editor for Administration before moving to the business side of the paper as Vice President for Human Resources in 1982—serving as The Globe representative on several community organizations. While at The Globe, Frank co-founded an exchange program between NESNE and the Union of Soviet Journalists—involving extensive travel in the Soviet republics—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. He retired from The Globe in 1998 and moved from Cambridge, MA to Tucson with his wife, Cynthia Dickstein, in 2001. He is a Founding member of the Men's Anti-Violence Partnership of Southern Arizona and Chairs the Social Venture Partners Greater Tucson Investment Committee—a group supporting literacy programs, both financially and with the donated expertise of its members.  

Read the OpEd Project Interview with Frank Grundstrom

  Amy Guth is an expert in the intersection of digital media with journalism and literature. Guth manages social media and SEO at Tribune Media Group and Chicago Tribune, where she co-writes a social media column and is co-host of ”30 Second Social” instructional series. She holds the digital VP chair on the board for Association for Women Journalists Chicago and is author of the novel “Three Fallen Women.” She contributes social media and technology reports to WGN Radio, WGN-TV and CLTV. Previously, Guth was co-host of ChicagoNow Radio, and later WGN Weekend and, more recently, contributed to WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift. Guth has spoken at colleges, universities, literary festivals and technology conferences about book promotion, writing, editing, social media and SEO, and has taught in the Chicago Tribune and other US newsrooms about digital media for journalists.  She is also co-host of the Chicago reading series RUI: Reading Under The Influence. Prior to her current role, she served as digital editor for the news organization’s books section, Printers Row, where she covered the then-rise of digital publishing and literature. Her work is included in the anthologies “What Happened to us These Last Couple of Years?” and “6S, Vol. 2.” Guth’s fiction was was named among StorySouth’s notable stories and was a Million Writers Award nominee. She founded the literary blog, Chicago Subtext, for the Tribune’s Chicago Now blog network, where she also served as founding Life and Style community manager. 


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, banking and the visual arts, with a specialty in 20th-century painting, 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. She thinks good journalism is the ultimate public service and the most wonderful work in the world. The mother of a 16 year old, Haenlein now 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 communications strategist for Breakthrough (, a global human rights organization that uses the power of pop culture to inspire individuals and communities to take action for change. She brings two decades of experience as an award-winning journalist who wrote frequently about gender and culture and whose features and opinion writing appeared in, The New York Times, The Washington Post,, and numerous others. She was a founding member of the writing team on Broadsheet, Salon's feminist blog and wrote often for Glamour's editorial page. She created the Humor Writing for Journalists course for Mediabistro, where she taught it for many years. She is also co-creator of the venerable website and author, most recently, of the comic novel Death By Chick Lit. 


Kate Heartfield is the editorial pages editor for the Ottawa Citizen, the daily broadsheet in Canada’s capital. She began writing opinion articles for the Citizen as a freelancer in 2001 and was hired as a member of the editorial board in 2005. She has also written for a number of North American magazines, including Ms. and Today’s Parent. In 2007, she won the RESULTS Canada Media Award for her columns on social justice and poverty. She also writes speculative fiction and has been published in several literary journals and anthologies, and was mentored by novelist Paul Quarrington through Humber College’s creative writing by correspondence program. Heartfield is a regular host and member of the board of directors for the Ottawa International Writers Festival. She has a degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and a master of journalism from Carleton University.

Read the OpEd Project Interview with Kate Heartfield

 Kate Holder is a freelance writer and communications consultant with over 20 years of communications and non-profit executive 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, The Washington Quarterly, The World & I, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Dallas Times Herald. After earning a Master's degree from the London School of Economics, she worked as a research associate and deputy director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. For several years she served as an executive director, first at U.S.-CREST, a French-American research institute in Arlington, VA, then at The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in Chicago, IL. For several years she lived and worked in Tucson, Arizona, doing communications and PR consulting for a range of clients including the University of Arizona, Casa de la Luz Hospice, Power Women Investing, and Paragon Space Development Corporation. She also produced and directed the award-winning live radio show for El Tour de Tucson, one of America’s largest annual bicycling events. In 2010 she relocated back to the Washington, DC area, and currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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.  Her column appeared weekly in the Pioneer Press and was distributed by the Knight Ridder-Tribune News Service. 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, an educational organization that supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. She holds a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a master of arts degree in leadership from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.


Ron Howell is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Brooklyn College, where he teaches digital journalism and in-depth reporting. He describes himself as a laid-back kind of guy who becomes very aggressive at the typewriter – whoops, he must mean the computer. Ron 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. He has an M.S. in journalism from Columbia and a bachelor’s in history from Yale. In 2000 he wrote One Hundred Jobs: A Panorama of Work in the American City, published by The New Press. Ron holds dual citizenship – with the United States of America and with St. Kitts and Nevis, the smallest nation in the hemispher and the ancestral home of his maternal family.)

Yukari Iwatani Kane is a journalist for the Wall Street Journal in San Francisco, covering technology companies including Apple, Palm and Electronic Arts and writing about food whenever she can. Prior to her current beat, she was a foreign correspondent in Tokyo. Before the Wall Street Journal, she worked as a reporter for Reuters in San Francisco, Chicago and Tokyo. She graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. 

Reshma Kapadia is an award-winning financial journalist. Currently, Reshma 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, Reshma was a correspondent for Reuters News for seven years, working on several desks and covering the dot-com boom and subsequent bust, the messy marriage of AOL and Time Warner and the transformation in the transportation industry as it rushed to handle goods from China and India earlier this decade. In 2003, she was awarded the Knight Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University. Reshma 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. She graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's in journalism and has a master's in journalism from Columbia University. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and two daughters.


Christine Kenneally 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, Christine received a Ph.D. in linguistics from Cambridge University and a B.A. (Honors) in English and Linguistics from Melbourne University. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, and  she has lived in England, Iowa, and Brooklyn, New York.

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Zeba Khan is a writer and social media consultant. Having never written an op-ed, Zeba attended the Op-Ed Project seminar in early 2009. Later that fall, she was first runner-up in the Washington Post’s “America’s Next Great Pundit” competition, beating out nearly 5000 other aspiring writers. Zeba has since written in numerous media outlets, including the Christian Science Monitor and the Huffington Post. As a social media consultant, Zeba has worked in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. Most recently, she consulted with Harvard University’s Law Lab at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Ashoka Foundation’s GenV, and the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies. Her insights and work have been featured in numerous media outlets including NPR, Newsweek, Reuters, Voice of America, The Guardian and The Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her work with the List Project was also highlighted at the 2009 Personal Democracy Forum Conference in New York and on the tech site A Fulbright Scholar, Zeba received a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a joint MA/BA from the University of Chicago.

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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 Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity (1987), Men Confront Pornography (1990), The Politics of Manhood (1996), The Gender of Desire (2005) and The History of Men (2005). His documentary history, "Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990" (Beacon, 1992), chronicled men who supported women’s equality since the founding of the country. This “inspiring, pathbreaking collection of remarkable documents” (Dissent) was also called “meticulously researched” (Booklist) and a “pioneering volume” which “will serve as an inspirational sourcebook for both women and men.” (Publishers’ Weekly). His book, Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996) was hailed as the definitive work on the subject. Reviewers called the book “wide-ranging, level headed, human and deeply interesting” (Kirkus), “superb… thorough, impressive and fascinating” (Chicago Tribune), “perceptive and refreshing” (Indianapolis Star). One reviewer wrote that “Kimmel’s humane, pathbreaking study points the way toward a redefinition of manhood that combines strength with nurturing, personal accountability, compassion and egalitarianism” (Publishers’ Weekly).  The book also received impressive reviews in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post Book World (front page review), and The New York Times Book Review, which noted that this “concise, incisive” book “elucidates the masculine ideals of the past 200 years…just as shelves of feminist books have elucidated the feminine.” 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 BECOME MEN was published by HarperCollins, 2008.

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Michele Kort is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor has been a journalist for more than 25 years. Her stories have been as varied as her interests -- from popular music and film, to sports and fitness, to women's issues -- and her style is marked by thoroughness, readability and warmth. Michele is currently Senior Editor of the iconic Ms. magazine, now located in Beverly Hills. You can find some of her Ms. stories at, and a Ms. article she's particularly proud of -- "Global Sex Rules: The Price of Silence" (about the horrific global gag rule on reproductive information) --appears in The W Effect: Bush's War on Women, edited by Laura Flanders (The Feminist Press, 2004). Michele is the author of three books, including including Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2002).You can read more about her and the articles she’s written on her website (


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 ( that Daily Candy has described as "an awesome literary salon on a date with an intimate rock concert.''  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,'' published in 2006 by Springboard Press. 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 and she is the former host of a weekly podcast on the economy for

Christine Larson is an award-winning nonfiction author and journalist who writes on business, media, women and the workplace. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Details, Forbes, More, Glamour and many other publications.   She is co-author, with Maddy Dychtwald, of Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Change Our World for the Better.” Larson received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and was a John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University in 2009-2010.  As a Knight Fellow, she created the Future of Freelancing conference to bring top magazine and online editors together with experienced freelance writers.  She is the Rebele First Amendment Fellow in Stanford's Department of Communication, where she has taught journalism and is now completing graduate work. Her writing can be seen at

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," published in 2008 by Penguin Classics; "Starving to Death on $200 Million: The Short, Absurd Life of The Industry Standard," and "Made Possible By...: The Death of Public Broadcasting in the United States." In 2008, James joined the online magazine Slate, where he oversaw a business news web site called The Big Money. Prior to joining Slate, he was at In addition to Slate and, James also 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, Mother Jones, Vibe, Newsday, and The American Prospect.


Joe Loya is an author, essayist, playwright, and contributing editor at the Pacific News Service. His op-eds on politics, religion, criminal justice issues, and other cultural events have appeared in national newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Newsday, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has appeared as a commentator on television (CNN, CBS NEWS/48 Hours, FOX's The O'Reilly Factor, COURTV) and radio (This American Life), and he has lectured at numerous colleges and universities (including USC, NYU and Mills College). As a young man, he moved from a violent home life to a life of crime, robbing over 25 banks in the state of California before he was eventually arrested and sent to prison. During seven years in prison, including two in solitary confinement, Joe examined his past and began to re-write his life story, figuratively and literally. With the prize-winning Mexican American writer Richard Rodriguez as a pen pal and an inspiration, Joe eventually left prison and became a writer. His memoir, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell, was published in September 2004 by HarperCollins, to high acclaim. Joe has worked with Walden House in San Francisco to help former prisoners re-enter society, and to change the lives of those who want to escape the revolving doors of homelessness, substance abuse, and imprisonment. A firm believer in the need to own one's story in order to make radical change, Joe has gone into California State Prisons and other Walden House reentry facilities to conduct writing workshops. Joe has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a Sundance Writing Fellowship, a Sun Valley Writer's Conference Fellowship and a Soros Justice Fellowship. He lives with his wife and young daughter in the Bay Area.

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Natalie moore is a reporter for WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio.  Prior to joining the WBEZ staff in May 2007, Natalie was a city hall reporter for the Detroit News. She has also been an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem.  Natalie’s work has been published in EssenceBlack Enterprise, the Chicago ReporterBitchIn These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. She is co-author of the book "Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation." (Cleis Press, 2006). She is also co-author of "Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang." (Feb. 2011, Lawrence Hill Press).  Natalie is a 2009 fellow at Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, which allowed her take a reporting trip to Libya. She's also on the board of directors of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. Natalie is a 2010 recipient of the Studs Terkel Community Media Award. She has won several journalism awards, including a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. She is a member of the Windy City Chapter of The Links, Inc.  Natalie has an M.S.J. in Newspaper Management from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University. She is an adjunct instructor at Columbia College Chicago and is the former program chair for the Association for Women Journalists.  A native of Chicago, Natalie lives in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago.

 Carolyn Lumsden is opinion editor of The Hartford Courant in Connecticut. She's won many writing awards, including a Sigma Delta Chi award for editorials from the national Society of Professional Journalists, and she was named Times Mirror Journalist of the Year in 1996. Carolyn has published thousands of op-eds in the Courant, many of which have been reprinted in newspapers around the world. Her writers and pages have received many honors, among them the 2003 Award for Community Service from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. Carolyn 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 earned a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University in 1987 and a master's degree in legal studies from Yale Law School in 1998. She studied at Yale on a Knight Foundation Fellowship in Law for Journalists. Carolyn is former president of the Association of Opinion Page Editors. She organized the AOPE's 2003 conference at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Carolyn also served for many years on the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut. Carolyn lives in Suffield with her husband, Francesco Martini, a native of Italy. Every summer, they spend a magical few weeks in his hometown of Gaville, near Florence.
dale maharidge

Dale Maharidge, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, is the author of ten books, one of which was awarded the 1990 non-fiction 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.  Many of his books are illustrated with the work of Williamson. The 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. Other books include Yosemite: A Landscape of Life (1990); The Last Great American Hobo (1993); The Coming White Minority: California, Multiculturalism & the Nation's Future (1996, 1999); Homeland (2004); Denison, Iowa: Searching for the Soul of America Through the Secrets of a Midwest Town (2005); Someplace Like America: Tales From the New Great Depression (2011). It was published in South Korea in 2012 by Da Vinci and is scheduled to be published in Japan by Diamond Publishers. In 2012, he published Leapers, a novella. Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War was released in 2013.  The Japanese edition was also released that year.

 Courtney E. Martin is a Brooklyn-based author, speaker, and teacher and the Director of undergraduate college programs at The OpEd Project. She is the author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the quest for perfection is harming young women, called “a hardcover punch in the gut,” by Arianna Huffington. She is the co-author of Naked Truth, the memoir of one of the country's most dynamic young leaders in HIV education, Marvelyn Brown. She is also a widely-read freelance journalist and regular blogger for She is a Senior Correspondent on politics and youth culture for the American Prospect Online, and has published op-eds in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, and Newsday, among other national publications. Courtney has appeared on The TODAY Show, The O'Reilly Factor, MSNBC, and radio shows across the nation, and is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics. You can read more about her work 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.
 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 some of the most widely published opinion writers around the globe, including Molly Ivins, Arianna Huffington, Hillary Clinton, Tony Snow, Robert Novak, Susan Estrich, Benazir Bhutto, and Pat Buchanan. The columns she has edited have appeared in close to every daily newspaper in the country, and many international papers as well. Laura is also a book editor, having worked with publishing houses such as Avalon Publishing Group, Perseus Books Group, Soft Skull Books, Sierra Books, Counterpoint Press, and Random House. Her focus as a book developer is on nonfiction and groundbreaking cultural analysis. In the 1990s, Laura was a senior editor at Brill's Content magazine, a fiercely independent monthly magazine that kept a close eye on media’s cultural and political influence. 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." When Mother Jones won the 2009 Utne Independent Press Award for environmental coverage, judges cited her piece about Wal-Mart. Katharine'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. A Web media veteran, Katharine was one of the co-founding editors of, the pioneering online magazine for women, which launched in 1995. She's worked for two Internet start-ups and launched three blogs. Katharine can be followed on Twitter @kmieszkowski. A graduate of Yale, she received her bachelor's degree in Literature in 1993.

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 where she edited Beverly Sills, Lester Thurow, Mary Catherine Bateson and Johnnetta Cole.  She is the author of The Cowboy Life:  A Saddlebag Guide for Dudes, Tenderfeet, and Cowpunchers Everywhere   (Simon & Schuster/Fireside, 1993) and the co-author of Chinese Cookery (HP Books, 1981).  She is presently working on a novel set in post-war Montana. Michele has written articles and essays for many national publications, including Travel Holiday, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Outside, Discovery, Self, Money, More, McCall’s, Parenting, Ladies’ Home Journal, Working Woman, Working Mother, Town & Country, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Glamour, Child, Diversion, Executive Female, Good Housekeeping, Health, Private Air, Your Company, Simple Living, Yoga Plus, Live & Learn, Financial World, The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Michele holds an undergraduate degree in creative writing and Spanish from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.   She is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah where she teaches magazine writing as well as essay writing.   An avid traveler, she has spent much of her life abroad, living and working in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  She now lives in Park City, Utah with her husband and two sons.

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 Nuxoll is a freelance writer and writing teacher. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times, Publishers Weekly, and the Huffington Post, and she co-authored "Work on Purpose," a nonfiction book about social entrepreneurs. She's 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 

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 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. Her first job in publishing was as “literary assistant” at The New Republic.  Catherine co-authored Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children (Ballantine 2001) with psychologists Michael G. Thompson and Lawrence J. Cohen. Her children’ book, The White House: An Illustrated History, was published by Scholastic in 2003. Her many other nonfiction titles for children include Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Colonial Voyage (2003); and 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (2002), published by National Geographic.  Catherine grew up in New Delhi, India, and Washington, D.C. Her father was a U.S. diplomat and novelist, her mother an editor. She holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MA from Georgetown University. She lives in New York City.  

 Jane O'Reilly wrote her first article in l960, a young expatriate’s view of the Kennedy inauguration as seen from London, published in the New Republic.  Since then O’Reilly has published hundreds and hundreds of articles in dozens and dozens of places.  Her primary concern has always been effect of politics and public policy on women in the United States and around the globe.  She was one of the group who founded Ms. Magazine in l972 and she wrote the first cover story which is again being celebrated in this, the magazine’s 40th year: “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 l970s.  From l973 to l985 she was a Contributor to Time Magazine, covering women’s issues, national politics, and writing feature articles on local events in the United States.  From l983 to l986 she was a columnist for Vogue Magazine. Her second book, written in collaboration with Barbara Ferraro and Patricia Hussey, No Turning Back: Two Nuns Battle With the Vatican Over Women’s Right to Choose was chosen for a front page review by the New York Times Sunday Book Review in l990.  In l996, with Patricia Reuss and a large volunteer group of feminist journalists and editors in New York, she helped to organize The Getting It Gazette, a hot pink newsletter circulated to much applause by women and confusion by men at the Democratic and Republican Conventions, and continued through until the election. 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.  At the same time she gave speeches around the country on women’s issues, traveled to help groups organize, and appeared often on radio and television.  She attended the l985 UN Conference on Women in Nairobi and the l995 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. Michael 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. He is a graduate of City College of New York.

 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. She has taught Contemporary South Asian Fiction at the New School University and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar.
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, Slate, Salon, Discover, the Boston Globe Ideas section, Self, Shape, Health, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, 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 for (her column debuts this fall). A former senior editor at Psychology Today magazine, she was awarded the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. She is the author of The Cult of Personality, a cultural history and scientific critique of personality testing that was hailed by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker as "a fascinating new book." Last year brought the publication of her second book, Origins, an exploration of the science of prenatal influences. It received a front-page review in the New York Times Book Review by doctor and New Yorker writer Jerome Groopman, who called it "informative and wise," and was featured in a column by New York Times op-ed writer Nicholas Kristof, who called it "a terrific and important new book." Origins was named a Notable Book of 2010 by The New York Times, and an article based on the book was selected for inclusion in The Best American Science Writing. Paul is currently at work on a book about the science of learning, to be published by Crown in 2013. She received a B.A. from Yale College and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 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.

 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 is an assistant professor of journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She also is the editor and publisher of Latina Voices and writes an independent news and opinion blog for Chicago Now (Chicago Tribune Media Co.) called Chicanísima 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 op-ed section. Puente has also worked for dailies in southern California and for Hispanic Link News Service in Washington, D.C. She also is the recipient of the Studs Terkel Award from the Community Media Workshop for her coverage of Chicago’s diverse communities. She has been a journalist for almost 20 years and in that time has written extensively about immigration and the Latino community in the United States.

Dante Ramos is deputy editorial page editor at the Boston Globe. Before coming to the Globe's editorial board in 2006, he worked for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans as deputy editorial page editor, as an editorial writer, and as a beat reporter covering education and local government. He has also written for The Economist, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review,, and other publications. He has a BA in government from Harvard College.

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 with a focus on urban affairs from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in international relations and history.

 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. She believes that anyone can write well and feels fortunate to work with writers of all kinds to bring their ideas to fruition. 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 began her career in journalism at NPR in Washington. She left NPR to accept a fellowship with feminist critic Ellen Willis at NYU's Cultural Reporting and Criticism master's program—where she now occasionally teaches a course in writing social commentary. She has written with a focus on gender politics for publications including Time, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Nation, Elle, Slate (where she is a regular Double X contributor), Salon (where she was Life Editor), and The Big Money (Slate's now-defunct business magazine where she wrote about gender and economics). Her previous book, Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement, about her journalistic immersion into the you Christian right, with an eye trained on gender issues in born-again America, was published by Viking in 2006. One and Only, Lauren's new book, will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2013. In One and Only she attempts to redraw the discourse on family size, wrestle with how to best reconcile motherhood and modernity, and think through what a liberated adulthood might require, coming off a Time cover story on the topic. You can find her online at



 Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Plain Dealer and Creators Syndicate. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for what the judges called her "pungent columns that provided a voice for the underdog and the underprivileged." In addition to winning the Pulitzer in 2005, Schultz 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, which honors "a body of journalistic work that reflects compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog." She is the author of two books published by Random House: Life Happens – And Other Unavoidable Truths, a collection of essays, and …and His Lovely Wife, a memoir about her husband Sherrod Brown’s successful 2006 race for the U.S. Senate.

Jeffrey L. Seglin, Lecturer in Public Policy, 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 Todays Business, which was named one of the Best Business Books of 2003 by the Library Journal.  He was the host of "Doing Well by Doing Good," an hour-long live television program airing out of WCVE, PBSs Richmond affiliate. He has contributed commentaries to Public Radio's Marketplace, and is regularly featured as an expert on ethics on CNN, CNBC, Fox 25 Boston, and other media outlets. He has written for publications including Fortune, Real Simple, FSB,,, Sojourners, MIT's Sloan Management Review, Harvard Management Update, Business 2.0, and ForbesASAP among others. Seglin holds a masters degree in theological studies from The Divinity School at Harvard University, and a bachelor of arts degree in English from Bethany College in West Virginia. He lives in Boston with his wife, Nancy, a therapist.

Deborah Siegel is Midwest Regional Leader at the OpEd Project. She is an expert on gender, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism across generations. She is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo, founder of the group blog Girl w/Pen, and co-founder of the webjournal The Scholar & Feminist Online. She is a Founding Partner of She Writes, the largest online community for women who write, with over 14,000 active members from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. Deborah’s writings on women, feminism, contemporary families, sex, and popular culture have appeared in venues including The Washington Post, The Guardian, Slate’s The Big Money, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, Ms., More, and she has been featured on tv and radio including The Today Show, CBS This Morning, WNBC, WCBS, New York 1, Good Morning America Radio, Pacifica Radio, The Wendy Williams Experience, The Judith Warner Show, and The Joey Reynolds Show. She serves on the Board of the Council on Contemporary Families and has been a Visiting Fellow at Barnard College and the University of Michigan. Deborah lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their toddler twins and lives online at The Pink and Blue Diaries, where she blogs about gender, parenthood, writing, and life. 
charlotte silver

  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 AlterNet, Inter Press Service, Truthout and many other  outlets. 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 who uses science and history to expose the mythology of popular culture and everyday life. Her articles and guest spots for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Salon, and National Public Radio have reached millions. Jessica’s media criticism and consumer reporting have been featured on Good Morning America, Fox TV and The O'Reilly Factor. She earned the prestigious "Front Page Award" for an expose of the breast and the bra (Lifetime Magazine) and American Society of Journalists and Authors “Outstanding Article” prizes for a diet scam investigation (Los Angeles Magazine) and story about bonobo sexual politics and human nature (Ms. Magazine). A regular university speaker and writing workshop leader, she has been cited in many books, such as Alan Dershowitz's bestseller, Reasonable Doubts, and anthologized in volumes including Women's Voices, Feminist Visions (McGraw Hill.) A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Jessica began her career as a Chicago Tribune reporter and national correspondent, covering Hollywood and major national news such as the O.J. Simpson murder trial, 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. French and Spanish-speaking, Jessica has reported in both languages from Southern California, Mexico, Spain, France, Africa and the Bronx. In New York, she patrols the parks on horseback as a member of the city’s mounted auxiliary.

Read the OpEd Project Interview with Jessica Seigel 

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. New Girl on the Job has been called “a must-read for every woman entering the work world” by the Houston Business Journal and the Washington Post said that it “covers the key things any young women needs to know to thrive at those first couple of jobs.” Hannah’s professional speaking includes conference and seminar presentations at universities, business associations and corporations. Recent speaking engagements have included Harvard Business School, Viva, Beijing Professional Women's Network, and the Culinary Institute of America.  She has been featured in news outlets such as The Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and Glamour. Hannah graduated with a B.A. from Brown University in 2004. Please visit to learn more.



Alicia Shepard 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.


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. Jolie 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. As a coach or editor, Jolie has worked with activists, engineers, and academics, as well as writers such as Monika Bauerlein, Geraldine Brooks, Gail Collins, Daphne Merkin and some fellow OpEd Mentors. Jolie has spoken to many different audiences and loves doing radio. She has judged the "Best in the Business" awards for the Society of American Business Writers and Editors and 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. Jolie's interests include capitalism and other belief systems, language, crime and mental health. She has written and edited many stories about the evolving power and voice of American women. Jolie graduated from Oberlin and from Columbia University School of Journalism, but her most formative experiences include 7th grade at Rijinlands Lyceum (Oestgeest, Holland), marriage (now defunct) to a man from Berlin and life as a single mother. She is grateful to have grown up in a newspaper era and thrilled to be dancing at the new media revolution. 

Jimmy Soni is the Managing Editor 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. The first such biography of Cato, it is due for release by St. Martin's-MacMillan in October of 2012. Jimmy's writing and commentary have appeared in The Atlantic and NPR, among other outlets. Jimmy is a 2007 honors graduate of Duke University, where he studied as a University Scholar and was awarded a William J. Griffith Award for campus leadership. Upon graduating, Jimmy was awarded 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 covering Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and more than 40 towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. 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, writing on a wide range of topics, including education and the arts. 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 lives in Hanover, N.H., where she continues to free-lance. 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 GuardianReuters, The New York Times, Religion Dispatches, and Bloomberg View. You may follow her on Twitter @kathsstewart.

 bob sullivan

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.

Bob 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.

Bob is the winner of the prestigious 2002 Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Award for his series of articles on online fraud. He has spoken before trade and government groups including the National Association of Attorney Generals. He lives in Maltby, Washington with his third rescued golden retriever, Rusty.

 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.

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, a media watchdog organization. She is co-author, with leading child trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, 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 labor and career columnist for, and a regular contributor to the Last year, she was named one of the top online business columnist in the country by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. 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 contributor for the New York Times and BusinessWeek, and a staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times, UPI and Women's Wear Daily. A native New Yorker, she now lives in less-expensive Wilmington, Delaware, with her husband Andy and their two young children.  
 Beth Teitell is a correspondent for the Boston Globe's style section and a freelance reporter for the National Public Radio radio show Marketplace. Her work has appeared in Time magazine, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and the Boston Herald, where she was a longtime columnist. She's also the author of two books, Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth and From Here to Maternity: the Education of a Rookie Mom. Beth is a co-founder of "I Have Nothing to Wear," an annual event to benefit women and children in need. She lives in Brookline with her husband and two sons.
 Elaine Tyler May, Regents Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota, received her Ph.D. in United States History from UCLA in 1975. She is President-Elect of the Organization of American Historians, and served 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 was the 2008 Douglas Southall Freeman Visiting Professor, Dept. of History, University of Richmond. Her publications include Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America (University of Chicago Press, 1980); Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (Basic Books 1988, new edition 2008); Pushing the Limits: American Women, 1940-1961 (Oxford University Press, 1996); and Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness (Harvard University Press, 1997). She is also co-editor of Here, There and Everywhere: The Foreign Politics of American Popular Culture (University Press of New England, 2000), and co-author of a college-level United States history textbook, Created Equal: A History of the United States (Longman, 2003; 2nd ed. 2005, 3rd ed., 2008). She has also written for magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Laura Vanderkam, a New York City-based writer, 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 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, May 2010) and Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career without Paying Your Dues (McGraw-Hill, 2007). She lives with her husband and two young sons, and in her non-writing, non-family time, enjoys running and singing soprano in the Young New Yorkers' Chorus.


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, Maura was managing editor of Café Media, a multimedia Latino lifestyle company that produced a magazine, website and newsletters. Maura 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. Maura holds a B.A. in English and Journalism from Miami University and an M.A. in Public Affairs from Columbia College Chicago.

 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.  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 whose work focuses upon the intersection of biotechnology, ethics and the history of medicine. 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 has been a contributor, news editor, science editor, and medical columnist for a number of esteemed national publications and is the founding editor of The Harvard Journal of Minority Public Health. Her many awards include a 2007 PEN Award, the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, a Science Desk Award funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Beacon of Light Award for her best seller Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation with African Americans from the Colonial Era to the Present. Her academic work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, the Harvard Public Health Review and the Harvard AIDS Review, to name a few, and she has presented at dozens of universities including Harvard Medical School, the University of Chicago Medical School, Stanford Law School, the Mayo Clinic, the Albert Einstein Medical School, as well as schools of medicine in Geneva, Vienna, Berlin and Lübeck. Most recently she has written about ethics of nonconsensual medical research, forensic DNA sweeps, and the role of race in the development of dermatology and the distortion of medical research by fiscal policies. Ms. Washington 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, among others, the New School University, SUNY, the Rochester Institute of Technology and Writers&Books. Ms. Washington has also worked as a social worker, Latin teacher, manager of a poison-control center and as a classical-music announcer for public radio.
 Katy Weber has spent the last 10 years working as a reporter, editor and designer for such newspapers as The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, The New York Sun and Metro International. She was born and raised in Toronto, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter and 2 cats.

Michele Weldon is a seminar leader with the OpEd Project in Chicago and beyond. She also is a leader in the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowships at Stanford, Princeton and Northwestern universities.  An award-winning journalist and author for more than 33 years, Michele is an assistant professor of journalism at the Medill School of Northwestern University, where she has taught since 1996. Her first book, I Closed My Eyes (Hazelden/ HCI, 1999) was translated into seven languages and was published with new chapters in 2012 as an ebook. Writing to Save Your Life (Hazelden/HCI, 2001), has been translated into four languages and is the basis of her Writing to Save Your Life Workshops and was published as an ebook in 2012 with new chapters.  Her third book, “Everyman News: The Changing American Front Page” (University of Missouri, 2008)  won the National Federation of Press Women nonfiction book award in 2009. Weldon  has written chapters in This I Believe on Fatherhood (Wiley, 2011), Encyclopedia of 21st Century Media (Sage, 2009) and Conversations with Joyce Carol Oates (University Press of Mississippi, 1989). She has written columns, news and features for newspapers, websites, magazines and radio such as Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, CNN, Dallas Times Herald, Dial, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Nieman Narrative Digest,  Parenting, Seventeen, U.S. Catholic, Writer’s Digest, West Suburban Living, womensenews, Woman’s Day and hundreds more. A popular public speaker, Weldon has delivered close to 200 keynotes across the country and Canada, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television shows in the United States, Europe and Canada including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,”  NPR,  Minnesota Public Radio, Chicago Public Radio, “NBC’s Later Today,” “ABC Sunday Morning,” “CBS Morning Show,” and BBC-TV.  She is a former member of the board of directors of Journalism & Women Symposium and is on the Chicago mentoring board for Global Girl Media.


 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. 

Tom Zoellner is the author of two books, The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit and Desire (St. Martin’s Press), an American Library Association Notable Book of 2006; and Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World (Viking/Penguin), a New Scientist Best Science Book of 2009. He is also the co-author, along with Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, of An Ordinary Man (Viking/Penguin), a New York Times bestseller in cloth and paperback. Tom has discussed his books 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. He has previously worked as a contributing editor at Men’s Health magazine and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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. Color by Fox: The Fox Network and the Revolution in Black Television (Oxford University Press) is a scholarly analysis of racial representations on popular sitcoms of the early 1990's. Black Women's Lives: Stories of Power and Pain (Nation Books) is a collection of intimate essays profiling women from all walks of life; their struggles, joys, and dreams. Her most recent book, I See Black People: The Rise and Fall of African American Television and Radio contains candid interviews with station owners, as well as an in-depth analysis of the lack of minority ownership in broadcasting. 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.