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 News 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 "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.
Alexa is the social media maven at Red Alert Politics. Originally from Boston, she went to Washington and Lee University, graduating with a B.A. in Politics. Alexa has worked in various new media and communications positions, most recently with the Republican National Committee, Citizens United, and Students for Life of America. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband where she enjoys blogging in her pajamas, watching cheesy reality TV shows, and rooting on the 2012 Super Bowl Champion Ravens. You can follow Alexa on Twitter at @AlexaShrugged.
Lucy Westcott is a journalist specializing in U.S. politics and culture, and international relations. She is originally from Swindon, U.K., and is a regular guest on the Capital Hill Blues, a Washington, D.C. radio show, where she provides the British perspective on all things American. Currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and a reporter in the Capital News Service Washington bureau, she has previously interned at the BBC, the Inter Press Service’s United Nations bureau and the American Journalism Review. She graduated from the University of Sussex with a bachelor’s degree in American studies in 2012.
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.