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Francesca is the Editor of Red Alert Politics - an online publication written by and for young conservatives. Red Alert Politics is a product of Clarity Media Group, the parent company of The Washington Examiner and The Weekly Standard. She is also a contributor to The Washington Examiner. Francesca is a veteran of several political campaigns and political organizations. She has also worked in new media and communications at The Leadership Institute, at the Republican National Committee and on Capitol Hill. She has been featured as a speaker at Leadership Institute, Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity's "Defending the American Dream Summit," the State Policy Network's annual conference and CPAC, in addition to appearing as a regular guest on the "Big Picture" with Thom Hartmann on Russia Today. She has also appeared on ABC's "Nightline", PBS' 'NewsHour', PBS' "To the Contrary", MSNBC, CNN, on TheBlazeTV (aka Glenn Beck TV) and had radio segments on Take Action News with David Shuster, NPR and "The Michael Koolidge Show." In 2012 she was named to the DC GOP's first ever "35 under 35" list. Francesca graduated from the University of Kansas with BAs in Political Science and Journalism. At KU she was an editor of the University Daily Kansan and an active member of Student Senate.
Erin Brown is a copy editor at Red Alert Politics and proud graduate of James Madison University. After graduating in 2008 with a degree in print journalism and political communication, Erin went to work for the Media Research Center where she spent the better part of three years as a staff writer. Her pieces have been featured in The Washington Times, Drudge Report and on shows like The Daily Show and Fox's Special Report. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Misfit Politics. You can follow her on Twitter @Erin_Brown.
Katie LaPotin is an Associate Editor at Red Alert Politics. Originally from the City of Brotherly Love, Katie has an extensive background in political campaigning. She has worked on and managed several campaigns at all different levels, most recently serving as the Communications Director for a top-tier Congressional race in Virginia during the 2012 cycle. Katie has also worked at both a Republican polling firm and a conservative public relations firm. Katie has a Bachelor's Degree from American University and a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics. When not working on campaigns or writing Katie can be found rooting for her beloved Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers and vacationing at her shore house in Maryland. You can follow Katie on Twitter at @krlapotin.
Kelsey Osterman loves writing, exploring and asking questions. When she isn't reporting, she can be found reading, playing sports, socializing, cheering for her favorite teams or drinking too much coffee. Kelsey was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn., but moved to the District shortly after graduating from college. She attended Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., and received a bachelor's degree in print journalism and a minor in biblical and theological studies. Follow her on Twitter at @kelseyosterman.
Laura Byrne is a writer for Red Alert Politics. Her work has been featured on Yahoo! News, Fox Nation, and the Daily Caller. If she's not reporting, she's running or reading. She grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast and spent her college years in New Orleans at Tulane University. After graduating, she finally left her Southern roots to move to Washington D.C. Follow her on Twitter at @Byrne_Notices.
Arrianne Talma is a writer at Red Alert Politics. She attends the University of Virginia where she is studying Government and Global Development Studies. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, she is a fan of warm weather, beaches and island life, so the adjustment to the crazy weather of the East Coast has been an interesting one. After graduating, she hopes to work at a publication in D.C. Follow her on Twitter at @arriannetalma.
John Rossomando is Red Alert Politics' Senior Political Correspondent. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award in 2008 for his reporting.
Kaitlyn is a writer at Red Alert and a senior at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. where she is double majoring in English and journalism. At Winthrop, Kaitlyn is the managing editor of her student newspaper, The Johnsonian. Kaitlyn also was a contributor to The Charlestonian, a local online publication. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing tennis and sailing. Follow her on Twitter at @katie0509.
Molly Braswell is a reporter at Red Alert Politics. Originally from Jackson, Miss., she graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. with a bachelor's degree in Public Administration and a minor in Journalism and Mass Communications. She moved to Manhattan after college, and stayed there for more than a year working as a journalist. Molly moved D.C. last fall when she was offered an internship at Roll Call on Capitol Hill. She writes for and is the Style Director of the quarterly indie arts magazine "WHOA (What's Happening with Original Artists)." Molly most enjoys cupcakes and Alabama football. Follow her on Twitter @MollyCBraswell
A rising senior at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Morgan is pursuing a double major in English and Mathematics. Having been an integral writer and editor for The Observer at Boston College since her freshman fall semester, Morgan holds the position of Editor-in-Chief at The Observer and will continue to do so for the academic period of 2012-2013. Morgan is currently a summer intern at The Washington Examiner.
Meghan Keenan is a writer for Red Alert Politics. Meghan is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Her writing has previously been featured in her college newspaper, the Daily Illini, as well as the Daily Herald and the Illinois Review. She is interested in politics and elections and has worked on an Illinois congressional campaign. Meghan is originally from Lake Zurich, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) and is very excited to have the chance to live and work in DC. You can follow her on Twitter at @meg_elayne.
Michael works in communications in Washington, DC. He is originally from Pennsylvania and went to college at the University of Pittsburgh where he received degrees in Business Administration and Political Science in May 2010. He has worked on multiple Republican campaigns at the state and national levels in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
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Anjoly Ibrahim loves politics, debating, and investigating. In her spare time, she can be found cheering on her favorite sports teams (Go Canes), socializing, playing sports, learning languages, or exploring new things. Anjoly was born and raised in South Florida, but moved to Washington, DC shortly after graduating college to pursue a Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She attended the University of Miami, where she received a bachelor's degree in international studies and political science with minors in religious studies and women and gender studies. While at the University of Miami, she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, participated in Dance Marathon to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network, and was a member of Student Government. Anjoly currently works in international relations and is hoping to pursue a career in politics Follow her on twitter @consteatution.
Cameron is a sophomore at Davidson College in Davidson, NC where he is a member of the football team and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He is currently deciding between studying economics and political science. He is also involved with the College Republicans and many campaigns in the area. Just beginning his blogging career, Cameron currently can also be found at CamHarris.us and BandofPatriots.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Cam_Harris
Charlie Vidal is an undergraduate studying Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is presently the Midwest Regional Director for Young Americans for Liberty, where he previously interned and served as the Illinois State Chair. Additionally, he has worked for conservative organizations such as the Texas Public Policy Foundation and The Heartland Institute, as well as on a few Republican campaigns. To keep tabs on his writing and political opinions, follow him on Twitter @charlievidal. #tcot: @repjustinamash, @ewerickson, @danieljmitchell, @andylevy
Demetrius Minor is a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network and is co-host of the blogtalkradio show "He Said, She Said" with Project 21 member Stacy Washington. In addition, Demetrius is a blogger (demetriuspeaks.com), former White House intern, preacher, and columnist for Townhall, Red Alert Politics and Conservative Daily News.
Dustin Siggins is the online content coordinator and blogger for Tea Party Patriots, a national grassroots coalition with more than 3,500 local chapters. He is also a co-founder of LibertyUnyielding.com and a frequent contributor to American Spectator's blog, Race42012.com, and RightWingNews.com. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book on the national debt with William Beach of The Heritage Foundation. The opinions expressed are his own.
Emily is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she was a leader in Republican and pro-Israel political groups. Emily also worked as a researcher for Israel educational organization StandWithUs in Los Angeles, CA. Emily specializes in foreign policy and has written for sites such as The Commentator, Big Peace, Pajamas Media and more. You can read her blog at www.gipperschutzpah.com. She currently resides in Washington DC. Her recommended follows on twitter are: @carolineglick, @noahpollak, @roslehtinen, @andrewklavan, @ambjohnbolton
Eric is a proud native of Wichita Falls, Texas, and a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He now lives and works on Capitol Hill. Professionally, he's a client strategist at Engage, where he's focused on helping Republicans get elected to Congress. Personally, he's an avid NASCAR fan and he goes to the movies more often than he should. Follow Eric on twitter @ericwilson
Eric's #TCOT @NathanWurtzel @Chris_Moody @auctnr1 @RoryCooper @Lansing
Scooter currently serves as the Social Media Manager for the Media Research Center. In 2008, Scooter graduated from George Mason University with a degree in political science and shortly thereafter left the country with his wife for a three month backpacking trip around Europe. He returned hell bent on making sure America did not become the next Greece. Prior to working at the Media Research Center, Scooter served as the Director of Programs for the Patrick Henry Center and Director of Communications for ProEnglish. Follow Scooter on Twitter @scooterschaefer Scooter's #TCOT: @EstablishmentDC @JonahNRO @collegepolitico @DCToddM
Justin Haskins, a native of Southern New Hampshire, is currently seeking a Ph.D. in political science at Northern Illinois University. Justin is Managing Editor of African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, an academic journal published by Indiana University Press. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of a Chicago-based non-profit he founded with his wife Jackie Corley to help provide medical supplies to hospitals, mission trips, and clinics in impoverished areas of the world. Justin is a graduate of both the University of Richmond and Regent University and lives in Chicago's Lower West Side with Jackie and his two pit bulls, Boston and Roxy. Follow Justin on Twitter @newrevere
James is a recent graduate from Ashland University, where he majored in Political Science and History. He is happily employed as a research fellow with the Center for Principles and Politics at the Heritage Foundation, defending the American Founding against the challenge of progressivism. James’s personal interests include jazz music, Allan Bloom, and millennial politics.
Kristin Tate is a senior at Emerson College in Boston. Tate is the Young Americans for Liberty Chapter Leader and Founder at Emerson. She previously helped with the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign and worked under John Stossel at the Fox Business Network. A passionate libertarian, Tate is excited to bring her perspective to Red Alert Politics. More of her work can be viewed on her personal website, www.TheLibertarianChick.com. Follow her on Twitter at @KristinBTate.
Lauren Luxenburg, a senior at the University of South Carolina has become a strong conservative operative within the Palmetto state. As chairman of the USC College Republicans and Midlands Director for the South Carolina College Republicans Federation, she has gained an influence among young republicans throughout the state. Previously, Lauren interned for Engage DC, a nation-wide conservative social and public policy company responsible for successful statewide campaigns and policy initiatives. At the SCGOP she helped organize numerous high profile events and completed data-intensive research. Lauren continued her career in politics with the Jon Huntsman for President campaign as a regional co-chair where she focused on social media campaigning. Lauren now works as the public outreach and social media director for Palladian View, a digital magazine for conservative women published by former SCGOP chairman Karen Floyd.
Laine is a senior at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. With a major in political science, Laine has sharpened her political acumen through internships at the state and federal level. Her future career aspirations include political consulting and becoming a law professor. Follow her on Twitter @lainemilam.
Mike Garcar is an undergrad student hailing from Walsh University in the Great State of Ohio and has been known to never turn down the chance to debate people on the Left. At Walsh, Mike leads one of the most active College Republican chapters in the state, is founder and editor of Politicorum, a student-run political newspaper focusing on discussing the issues that matter most to college students, and is a member of the Walsh University Student Government Executive Board.
Melissa Quinn grew up in sunny Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. She currently works as a general assignment reporter and has written for the Daily Caller, Fox News and Fox Nation. She loves to spend time at the beach, scuba dive, watch college football and cheer on her beloved Florida Gators. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. You can follow her on Twitter at @MelissaQuinn97.
Nick is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and a current student at Northwestern University where he is pursuing his Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration. With a passion for economics, Nick enjoys reading classical works by such economists as F. A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. In addition to being a political junkie, he spends his time golfing, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors. A single father with full custody of his daughter and a current Field Director for a congressional reelection campaign, Nick understands the critical issues currently facing America and has vowed to fight hard for limited government, less spending, and more freedom.
A native of the great Commonwealth of Virginia, Neal Gallagher graduated from George Mason University, where he studied history, journalism and international relations. He is a libertarian, an atheist, and an advocate of Jeffersonian democracy. He has contributed to numerous Virginia and D.C. area based newspapers, and is especially fond of writing about the constitutionality of the federal government today, and the role of organized religion in the world. He loves the Rolling Stones, loathes Justin Bieber, is unafraid to admit that he likes Haddaway, and sometimes, just sometimes, he is too sexy for his shirt. His influences include Thomas Jefferson, Albert Camus, Barry Goldwater, Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Sowell and Andrew Breitbart. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. Follow Neal on Twitter, at your own risk @nealxg
Paul Thurman is Field Director for the Media Research Center and a political consultant for Thurm Strategies, a political consulting company he founded in 2011. Prior to that, Paul was a political director for Americans for limited Government. He also interned and was a contributor for the Daily Caller, an online conservative news website. He is founder of four Tea Party groups throughout Southwest Virginia. Paul Thurman was born and raised in Centerville, Ohio. He comes from a line of politicians. His great uncle was mayor of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and his grandfather was elected sheriff and also ran for US House of Representatives. His interest in local government and politics began early through his experience videotaping local city council meetings. He has successfully helped with several local campaigns and has served on the board of the Republican Party and Co-Chair of the CD-7 Young Republicans of Minnesota.
Originally from Michigan, Samuel has lived — and participated in the political process — in Iowa, Indiana and Washington, D.C. A devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers, he has written about them at MotorCityBengals.com and Walkoff Woodward. Samuel maintains a blog, The MidWest Wing, that touches on regional and conservative issues. He has served on the staff of two U.S Congressmen and graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Political Science. You can follow him on Twitter at @SamEagle76.
Samantha is studying journalism at Hillsdale College in Michigan, and has contributed to The Washington Examiner. This native Oregonian loves tea, ballet, tractors, and guns. Follow her on twitter @upwardglances.
Samantha's #TCOT @freddoso @TPCarney @mtapscott @guypbenson @JonahNRO
Scott is a freelance political writer and market researcher for The College Board. He graduated from The College of William & Mary and received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Maryland. Scott has written for NewsRealBlog.com, and blogs at ScottSpiegel.com. He lives in Manhattan. Follow him on twitter @Scott_Spiegel Scott's #TCOT @AnnCoulter @Krauthammer @ClimateDepot @MarkLevinShow @RedEyeFNC
Vivek grew up in Massachusetts and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor concentration in Economics from Denison University in Granville, OH. He is a prolific writer and commentator, championing principled conservative causes and sound political strategy. He is a student of martial arts, a skier in the winter, SCUBA Diver in the summer, and served as a Classic Rock disk jockey for Denison’s renowned radio station. He also loves video gaming, but his favorite game of all is the Game of Thrones. You can find him on twitter @vdizzle129.