Francesca is the Editor of Red Alert Politics - an online publication written by and for young conservatives. Red Alert Politics is a product of MediaDC, the parent company of The Washington Examiner and The Weekly Standard. She is also a contributor to The Washington Examiner.
She has been featured as a speaker at Leadership Institute, Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity's annual "Defending the American Dream Summit" and "Right Online" conference, the State Policy Network's annual meeting, the Western Conservative Summit and Bridging the Gap Summits, and CPAC.
Francesca is a regular guest on PBS' "To the Contrary," the "Big Picture" with Thom Hartmann on Russia Today and conservative radio program "The Michael Koolidge Show." She has also appeared on ABC's "Nightline", PBS' 'NewsHour,' MSNBC, CNN, TheBlazeTV, Huffpost Live and had radio segments on Take Action News with David Shuster and NPR.
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. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Michael.
Chris is the Managing Editor at Red Alert Politics. Most recently a legislative and communications aide on Capitol Hill since the outset of the 112th Congress, he has worked as an editorial writer for The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., and written for the web arm of SLAM Magazine.He began his college education as a mechanical engineering major with the misunderstanding that his years of expert Lego-building qualified him to fashion a real-life U.S.S. Enterprise. (Whoops.) He went on to study economics and history at Butler University -- the one of adorable bulldog mascot fame -- and journalism at Northwestern University's Medill Graduate School of Journalism. Chris lives in Washington, D.C., where he uses the freer hours to write music, cook things, and occasionally engage in spats about sports-related frivolities. He tweets about all three -- and the latest from Red Alert and more -- at @cgdeaton.
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, Flyers and Eagles. You can follow Katie on Twitter at @krlapotin.
Kelsey is the Opinion Editor at Red Alert Politics. She 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. Kelsey has been a guest on "The Michael Koolidge Show" and "The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann" on Russia Today. She's also a complete coffee addict. Follow her on Twitter at @kelseyosterman.
Melissa Quinn is an Associate Editor at Red Alert Politics. She 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.
Drey is an Army brat, Eagle Scout, stand up comedian and weekend contributor at Red Alert Politics. He studied Telecommunications at the University of Florida, but transferred to Marymount University in Arlington, Va., where he graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, with concentrations in Business Administration and Communications. He's a brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, an alumnus of the National Journalism Center and a former intern at FishbowlDC. As a stand up comedian, you can catch him performing all over the Washington, D.C., area, on several nights of the week. As Red Alert's weekend contributor, you can catch his latest written work every Sunday afternoon! Follow Drey on Twitter at @daileydr.
Morgan is a Yeas & Nays contributor at Red Alert Politics. She is originally from western Massachusetts, and she graduated from Boston College in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Mathematics. While at Boston College, Morgan worked for the English Department and wrote for and edited BC’s conservative paper The Observer, serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper for 2012. She worked at The Washington Examiner in Washington, D.C., as a CN intern during the summer prior to her senior year of college. She is currently the Collegiate Network fellow at USA TODAY. You can follow Morgan on Twitter at @mchalfant16.
Morgan Murtaugh is a San Diego native living in Washington, D.C. In 2010, she went to Grossmont College and worked as a civilian Protocol Officer for Commander, Naval Air Forces on Naval Air Station, North Island. Morgan interned for former Rep. Brian Bilbray in 2011 and her own mayor, Art Madrid of La Mesa, in 2012. In early 2012, she created the Twitter account @RepubGrlProbs, which inspired YouTube videos, a blog and a store. Morgan has written for TurningPointUSA and the Young Cons and was featured in Steve Belonger's book "The Goliath Agenda: The Attack on Individual Effort." In 2013, Morgan transferred from Grossmont College to The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she is currently pursuing her Political Communications degree, serving as an executive board member for her Young America's Foundation (YAF) chapter as Social Media Chair and an active member of her sorority, Chi Omega. She is also currently enrolled in the YAF National Journalism Center program, through which she is writing for Red Alert Politics.
Shoshana Weissmann is Founder of Network Red, a contributor for One America News Network, an alumnus of multiple national campaigns and a junior at The George Washington University with plans to graduate a year early. She was the youngest honoree of the DC GOP's 35 Under 35 list in 2012 and an honoree of the Red Alert Politics 30 Under 30 list in 2013. PolicyMic added her to their list of "10 Outstanding PolicyMic Pundits Making Waves Across the Media" in July 2013. You can follow her on Twitter at @SenatorShoshana.