Chris Deaton

Chris is the Editor at Red Alert Politics. Formerly Managing Editor, he has worked as a legislative and communications aide to three members of Congress. He also has written for the editorial board of The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., and 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.

Ashley Dobson

Ashley is the Deputy Editor at Red Alert Politics. She is a proud native Texan and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in journalism. She has worked at several newspapers across the South, including the Dallas Morning News, the American Press in Lake Charles, La., and the StarNews in Wilmington, N.C.

Her favorite things include her puppy Lizzie, karaoke, fried food, and Coke-flavored ICEES.

Morgan Chalfant

Morgan is a Staff Writer 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 served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow at USA TODAY until June of 2014. You can follow Morgan on Twitter at @mchalfant16.

Alyson Faucett

Alyson Faucett was raised in San Diego, Calif., and is a senior at San Diego State University. She studies Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies, and works as a contributing writer to the university’s official website. Throughout her collegiate career, Alyson has taken on leadership roles on campus and regularly volunteers at the local humane society. She loves the ocean, french fries, Disneyland and welcomes any adventure that comes her way.

Erin Mundahl

Erin Mundahl is a summer journalism intern with the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, writing for Red Alert this summer. A recent graduate of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich., she majored in English and French and was a columnist for the Hillsdale Collegian. Originally from the Minneapolis area, she has worked a variety of different fields, including public affairs and government relations, corporate real estate management and corn harvesting. She likes lakes, ballroom dancing, samizdat and travel.

Kelsey Rupp

Kelsey Rupp graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May, where she studied Economics and Political Science. Kelsey is currently a Collegiate Network fellow at USA Today and a contributor to Red Alert Politics. Endear yourself to her by talking about Italy or Ernest Hemingway.

Maria Santos

Maria Santos is a Staff Writer at Red Alert Politics. Previously she worked as a media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon, and an editorial assistant at the Weekly Standard as a Collegiate Network fellow. She graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in 2013.

Shalva Ginsparg

Shalva Ginsparg is a senior at Stern College for Women majoring in English Literature and Judaic Studies. Outside of the classroom, she works as the editor of the news section for her college paper and also helps students navigate the writing process at her college’s writing center.