Our Staff

Monika Bauerlein became Mother Jones’ chief executive officer in 2015 after serving as co-editor (with Clara Jeffery) for nine years. Under her tenure, Mother Jones has grown its audience twentyfold, doubled the size of its staff, established bureaus in Washington and New York, won multiple awards, and launched a campaign to establish a new media business model centered on reader support for investigative and in-depth reporting.

Clara Jeffery is the editor-in-chief of Mother Jones, which was named “Magazine of the Year” by the American Society of Magazine Editors in February 2017. During her tenure, Mother Jones has won other National Magazine Awards, including for general excellence, reporting, and video; redesigned its magazine and website; established bureaus in Washington and New York; and become a social-media powerhouse. Clara has edited stories that have been included in pretty much every “Best American” anthology. Along the way, she also won a PEN award for editing, became a mom, and forgot what it’s like to sleep. It probably doesn’t help she’s on Twitter so much: @clarajeffery.

Steven Katz is Mother Jones’ publisher. Since joining Mother Jones in 2003, Steve has worn a lot of different hats, but now he devotes most of his time to guiding our development efforts, especially the “Moment for Mother Jones” special fundraising campaign. Before joining MoJo, Steve’s nonprofit career included work on environmental advocacy, the arts, social justice, and neighborhood-based housing development. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California-Santa Cruz and his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. You can follow Steve at @steve_katz.

Becca Andrews is the assistant news editor at Mother Jones. A Southerner, she reports on the Southeast, gender, and culture. Before joining Mother Jones as an editorial fellow, she wrote for newspapers in Tennessee. Reach her at bandrews@motherjones.com or on Twitter at @kbeccaandrews.

Bill Arnold is Mother Jones’ director of human resources. Based out of the San Francisco office, he oversees human resources for all three of Mother Jones’ offices. Bill is a graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park, and he has a background as a writer and an editor. Before joining Mother Jones, Bill was a senior executive at business-to-business consulting firm Richey International, where he worked closely with clients such as the NBA, the NFL, and Viking Cruises.

Cathy Asmus is Mother Jones’ development assistant, and she helps to coordinate fundraising and event production. Prior to joining Mother Jones, she worked to promote sustainable agriculture as an organic compliance officer. She can be reached at casmus@motherjones.com.

Nathalie Baptiste is a reporter in Mother Jones’ Washington, DC, bureau. She was previously a writing fellow at the American Prospect. You can follow her at @nhbaptiste.

Shane Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism. He is also the co-author, with Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, of A Sliver of Light, a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran.

Ari Berman is a senior reporter at Mother Jones, covering voting rights, and a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute. He’s the author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America and Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics. He won a 2017 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media. Follow him on Twitter at @ariberman.

Bridget Botelho is Mother Jones’ director of communications strategy and is based in San Francisco. Before joining MoJo, Bridget was a communications manager at Youth Radio, and she has an extensive background in communications work across media and issues of public interest. Have ideas for how MoJo can engage with your outlet or organization, or want to speak with a reporter? Reach Bridget on Twitter at @bridgebotelho or at bbotelho@motherjones.com.

Ben Breedlove is a web developer at Mother Jones. He is based in Indiana and has strong opinions about apples and tacos. Follow him on Twitter at @bdbreedlove.

Ali Breland is a reporter at Mother Jones covering internet disinformation. His writing on technology, race, politics, and other topics has appeared in The Guardian, Vice and on NPR and CNN’s websites. Follow him on Twitter at @alibreland and or reach out to him at abreland@motherjones.com.

Khary Brown is Mother Jones’ vice president of media sales, overseeing sales across all platforms from our San Francisco office. Khary started with Mother Jones as a publishing intern back in 2004. He has helped transition Mother Jones’ advertising offerings, which were once predominantly print-focused, to a roster driven by digital offerings like MoJo’s website, email lists, and podcasts along with our award-winning magazine.

Madeleine Buckingham is Mother Jones’ special business adviser and consigliere. Previously, she was president and CEO, and she served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer prior to that. She has spent more than 20 years in senior finance and management positions in the publishing and high-tech industries, working for a range of publishing companies and internet startups, including Sony Corp.’s internet incubator and International Data Group.

Kiera Butler is a senior editor at Mother Jones. Kiera covers health, food, and the environment. Kiera is a co-host of MoJo’s food politics podcast, Bite, and is the author of the book Raise: What 4-H Teaches 7 Million Kids—and How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever (University of California Press).

Patrick Caldwell is the associate editor in Mother Jones’ DC bureau. Previously, he covered domestic politics for the American Prospect and elections for the American Independent. His work has also appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, National Journal Magazine, and the Washington Independent. Reach him at pcaldwell@motherjones.com or on Twitter at @patcaldwell.

Teri Carhart is the director of leadership gifts, based in Mother Jones’ San Francisco office. Previously, Teri has fundraised for the University of California-Berkeley, the Internews Network, Audubon California, and Earthjustice. Raising two teenagers keeps her digital-literacy learning curve trending slightly upward.

Julia B. Chan is the director of audience at Mother Jones and based in its San Francisco office. She previously worked as the digital editor at Reveal and the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed content strategy, story production, and audience engagement for its radio show/podcast and long-form investigative work. Julia is a devout music nerd, noodle snob, and dog person. Follow her on Twitter at @juliachanb or reach her at jchan@motherjones.com.

Russ Choma is a reporter in the Washington bureau of Mother Jones who covers money in politics and influence. You can reach him at rchoma@motherjones.com. He previously was a reporter for OpenSecrets.org, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and the New Hampshire Union Leader.

David Corn is Mother Jones’ Washington, DC, bureau chief. Corn, a veteran Washington reporter, has broken stories on presidents, politicians, and other Washington players. He’s written for numerous publications and is a talk-show regular. His best-selling books include Showdown and (with Michael Isikoff) Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War.

Daniel Costa-Roberts is a Ben Bagdikian editorial fellow in Mother Jones‘ San Francisco office. He has previously interned at the New York Times and worked for the PBS NewsHour Weekend and the American Journalism Historians Association. You can reach Daniel at dcosta-roberts@motherjones.com and follow him on Twitter at @dcostaroberts.

Dylan DiSalvio is Mother Jones’ business operations manager, and he lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Dylan spends most of his time at Mother Jones setting up online website advertising and sending sponsored email messages. In his free time he plays electric and acoustic guitar in blues and country rock bands and has toured nationally with several groups. His favorite color is green, he occasionally enjoys cooking his eggs inside his bread, and he thinks life is too short for all this trouble.

Ben Dreyfuss is the senior editor of growth and engagement at Mother Jones. He’s done some other stuff, too. You can email him at bdreyfuss@motherjones.com. But you don’t have to. But you can. But you really don’t have to.

Kevin Drum is a political blogger at Mother Jones. The inventor of Friday “cat blogging,” Kevin was a blogosphere pioneer when, after a stint in marketing, he went online as Calpundit in 2003. Prior to joining MoJo, he blogged at the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal. He lives with his wife and two cats in Irvine, California. Reach Kevin at calpundit@cox.net.

Beth Eisenstaedt is the regional development director and is based in the New York office. Before joining Mother Jones, Beth was a key fundraiser for several international NGOs dedicated to alleviating poverty in developing countries and protecting our environmental resources. She also managed exhibitions for a number of New York-based arts organizations.

Marisa Endicott is a Ben Bagdikian editorial fellow in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in a variety of local, national, and international outlets including the Sacramento Bee, CNN, and Newsweek Pakistan, among others. Marisa got her master’s from the Medill School of Journalism, specializing in social justice as well as national security. As a freelancer, she focused her reporting on criminal justice issues and the environment. Email her at mendicott@motherjones.com, and find her on Twitter @mje415.

Marilee Enge is a development officer based in Mother Jones’ San Francisco office. A journalist by affinity and training, she has written for the Anchorage Daily News (where she shared a Pulitzer) and the San Jose Mercury News, among other publications. After escaping the newspaper industry, she joined the nonprofit publishing movement and worked most recently as the development director for Heyday. She lives in an old house in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two daughters. Find her at menge@motherjones.com.

Olivia Exstrum is a writing fellow at Mother Jones in the San Francisco office. Previously, she worked at Injustice Watch, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Star newspaper in Johannesburg, the Medill Justice Project and the Chicago Reporter. She graduated from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. You can reach Olivia at oexstrum@motherjones.com and follow her on Twitter at @oliviaexstrum.

Mark Follman is the national affairs editor at Mother Jones, where he leads investigative projects and edits the gamut of politics and news coverage. Since 2012, his in-depth investigations into mass shootings, child gun deaths, and the economic impact of gun violence have been honored with numerous awards. His reporting and commentary have also been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today and on National Public Radio. Follow him on Twitter @markfollman.

Dan Friedman covers foreign influence and national security in Mother Jones‘ DC bureau. Dan previously reported for the New York Daily News, National Journal, and other publications. His work has also appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Fortune, Vice, Yahoo News, and the Hollywood Reporter. He is from Brookline, Massachusetts. Email him at dfriedman@motherjones.com or follow him at @dfriedman33.

Rosa Furneaux is a Ben Bagdikian editorial fellow in Mother Jones‘ San Francisco office. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Broadly, and the Guardian, among other publications. Previously, she moved to California from the United Kingdom to attend the University of California-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Find her on Twitter at @rosafurneaux, or email rfurneaux@mothejones.com.

Jordan Gass-Pooré is a Digital Media Fellow with Mother Jones in New York. Jordan is a producer with The Mother Jones Podcast and enjoys putting the noise in the news. She recently completed a master’s degree in investigative journalism at City, University of London. The moment she laid hands on a newspaper and her fingers were stained with black ink that she could smear on her older cousin’s white clothes, she was hooked.

Dave Gilson is a senior editor at Mother Jones’ San Francisco (not Frisco) office. He edits everything from investigative features to front-of-the book stories, wrangles data and charts, puts together packages and special projects, and comes up with memorable headlines and terrible puns (the two are related). Reach him at dgilson@motherjones.com or follow him on Twitter at @daudig.

Ian Gordon is Mother Jones’ managing editor. He also covers sports, immigration, and Latin America (and, occasionally, all three at once). His reporting from Cuba, Guatemala, Venezuela, and elsewhere has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, Wired, and Slate, among others. Follow him on Twitter at @id_gordon, and reach him at igordon@motherjones.com.

Mitchell Grummon is the director of business development and works out of the San Francisco office. Mitch graduated from Occidental College with a degree in philosophy and classical studies and played on the rugby team. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, backpacking, soccer, listening to music, and catching up with his family, which includes his mom and dad, older sister, and his triplet siblings, Anna and Andy. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchellgrummon or reach him at mgrummon@motherjones.com.

Erica Gulseth is Mother Jones’ San Francisco-based advancement officer. She works directly with Mother Jones’ Muckrakers and Hellraisers. Before joining Mother Jones, Erica worked with a variety of nonprofits, from small regional groups such as Environmental Advocates of New York to large national organizations including Earthjustice and The Trust for Public Land. Erica is a huge fan of live music, good food, biking, sailing, dogs, and sustainability. She can be reached at (415) 321-1739 or egulseth@motherjones.com.

Mark Helenowski is an international award-winning filmmaker serving as Mother Jones’ inaugural resident documentary filmmaker. His first feature film, For Grace, followed a top chef as he built one of the world’s best restaurants, Grace, amid a backdrop of personal tragedy. The film was hailed as “captivating” by Variety at its South by Southwest World Premiere and was quickly acquired by Netflix on an exclusive worldwide deal. He’s @markhelenowski on Instagram and Twitter.

Clint Hendler is a senior editor at Mother Jones. Before rejoining Mother Jones in 2012, Clint was deputy editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, where he covered media law, government transparency, and the political press. (His first stint at MoJo was as an intern and fellow, just out of college.) His writing has been published by the New York Times, the Independent, AlterNet, The Nation, and CNN. He lives in Pittsburgh and swims in its three rivers.

Brian Hiatt is the marketing and membership director, based out of the San Francisco office. He leads Mother Jones’ efforts to earn the support—donations and magazine subscriptions—of online readers. Brian served a brief stint as a fisheries biologist after college before deciding he wanted to swim upstream alongside people, not salmonids. He became an organizer when he saw the internet’s rise lead to new ways nonprofits could engage their supporters (even before Facebook and Twitter!), and he consulted on digital strategy with leading nonprofits for nearly a decade before joining MoJo.

Max Horten is the business manager at Mother Jones, based out of the San Francisco office. He has previously worked at the University of Chicago and on various side hustles as an English speaker in the Middle East. Reach him at mhorten@motherjones.com.

Young Kim is Mother Jones’ online systems coordinator. Young’s manifold Mother Jones responsibilities include translating print content and special projects to the web. His hobbies include 3-D artwork, bad poetry, and maintaining his personal Facebook page, Woland Epiphanius’ Graphical Entity.

Jamilah King is a race and justice reporter at Mother Jones. She was previously a senior staff writer at Mic and a senior editor at Colorlines. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Salon, NPR, and California Sunday Magazine, among other publications. Follow her on Twitter @jamilahking.

Rebecca Leber is a reporter in Mother Jones’ DC bureau covering climate, the environment, and energy politics. Previously, she reported for The New Republic, Grist, and ThinkProgress. Send story tips to rleber@motherjones.com.

Noah Lanard is a reporter in Mother Jones’ Washington, DC, bureau. Before joining Mother Jones, he was an editorial fellow at Washingtonian magazine. While living in Mexico City, his work appeared in the Guardian, Fusion, and Vice. Reach him at nlanard@motherjones.com.

Susanne Larsen is the Development Researcher for Mother Jones, splitting her time between the San Francisco office and the Oregon Coast. When she’s not working with the MoJo development team, she’s mostly hanging out with dogs. She previously worked with The Santa Fe Opera, George Washington University, and Willamette University. She can be reached at slarsen@motherjones.com.

Hannah Levintova is a reporter in Mother Jones’ Washington, DC, bureau. She writes about politics, gender, and financial policy and inequality. Previously, she worked on the news desk at NPR, at the Washington Monthly, and for a stint as a FOIA officer at a federal agency. You can reach her at hlevintova@motherjones.com and follow her on Twitter at @H_Lev.

Pema Levy is a reporter in Mother Jones’ Washington, DC, bureau. She writes about national politics, including stories about voting rights and civil rights. Before joining Mother Jones, she was the Washington correspondent for Newsweek. Got a tip? Reach her at plevy@motherjones.com and follow her on Twitter at @pemalevy.

Nina Liss-Schultz is Mother Jones’ research editor. She directs the organization’s flagship Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program, mentors young journalists in the program, and shepherds fact-check projects across three offices. She also edits and reports on reproductive health, gender, and sexuality issues from San Francisco. Her work has appeared in Think Progress, Bitch magazine, and elsewhere. You can reach her on Twitter, at @NinaLisss, or by email at nliss-schultz@motherjones.com.

Emma Logan is the director of fulfillment for Mother Jones and is based out of the San Francisco office. Before taking on this role, Emma spent more than a decade managing HR and IT services for our growing newsroom. Emma is also a potter, hiker, baker, gardener, and nautical history enthusiast.

Julia Lurie is a reporter at Mother Jones who typically covers public health and the environment. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and Newsweek, among others. You can reach her at jlurie@motherjones.com.

Annie Ma is a Ben Bagdikian online editorial fellow based in San Francisco. Previously, she covered breaking news and dug up quirky Bay Area stories for the San Francisco Chronicle. Say hi via email at ama@motherjones.com or on Twitter at @anniema15.

Jamie Maloney is the advertising sales representative for Mother Jones in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Smith College, and before joining MoJo she worked in nonprofit capacity building and marketing. She has a passion for companies that want to make a difference and a love for thoughtful reporting.

Michael Mechanic is a senior editor at Mother Jones. Before that, he spent six years at the weekly East Bay Express, where he was an award-winning features editor. In addition to writing and editing stories, he is in charge of the magazine’s culture section. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including Wired, the Los Angeles Times, and the Industry Standard. He lives in Oakland with his wife, two kids, striped cat, and too many musical instruments to master.

Chére Menard works in the San Francisco office as Mother Jones’ revenue operations coordinator. She earned a psychology degree from California State University-Stanislaus and has had varied work experience from metal fabrication to food safety. She is an animal lover and an enthusiast of the outdoors, and she enjoys travel, food, and all forms of art, music, and culture.

Stephanie Mencimer is a senior reporter in Mother Jones’ Washington bureau. A Utah native and graduate of a crappy public university not worth mentioning, she has spent several years hanging out with angry white people who occasionally don tricorne hats and come to lunch meetings heavily armed.

Samantha Michaels is a reporter at Mother Jones who covers criminal justice, immigration, and gender. Before coming to San Francisco, she worked as a journalist in Burma and Indonesia. Her writing has been published by The Atlantic, Global Post, and Outside, among others. Got a tip? Reach her at smichaels@motherjones.com, and follow her on Twitter at @sjmichaels.

Liliana Miramontes is the event coordinator for Mother Jones and is based in San Francisco. She has more than 10 years of experience in the customer service world. Liliana attended The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park) and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University. Outside of the office she spends her time working on functional and installation ceramic pieces that focus on food security and other socioeconomic issues. In her downtime, she and her husband enjoy cooking together and exploring the Bay Area with their dogs, Joon and Bug.

Jackie Flynn Mogensen is an assistant editor at Mother Jones’ San Francisco office. Before coming to Mother Jones, she earned a master’s degree in environmental communication from Stanford University and interned at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she focused on cannabis-related reporting and social media. You can reach Jackie at jmogensen@motherjones.com and follow her on Twitter at @jackie_flynn_.

Sophie Murguia is an editorial fellow in Mother Jones‘ San Francisco office. Before coming to Mother Jones, she earned her master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School. You can find her on Twitter at @sophiemurguia or email her at smurguia@motherjones.com.

Tim Murphy is a senior reporter in Mother Jones’ New York office. He has covered freight-hopping, coal barons, and sinkholes for the magazine, but his work focuses on national politics. Email him with tips and insights at tmurphy@motherjones.com, or follow him on Twitter at @timothypmurphy.

Mark Murrmann is Mother Jones’ photo editor. Mark came to Mother Jones in 2007 with a background as a freelance editorial and documentary photographer. He studied photography at the University of California-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and then in London as a student winner of the Alexia Foundation Photography Grant.

Amy Norquist is the Regional Director of Development for Mother Jones in Southern California. She has over 20 years of experience working with environmental non-profits in San Francisco and New York and founded Greensulate—a green infrastructure company—in 2007. That company added over 1M square feet of green space to cities across the country. Amy is thrilled to be back working in the non-profit world “for an organization that is essential to the health of our country”.

Maddie Oatman is a story editor at Mother Jones, based in the San Francisco office. She mostly writes about food, culture, and the environment, and she’s the co-host of MoJo’s food politics podcast, Bite. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Outside, the Rumpus, and the Best American Science and Nature Writing, among others. You can reach her at moatman@motherjones.com.

Inae Oh is the news and engagement editor at Mother Jones, where she focuses on breaking news, political blogging, and social-media coverage. Prior to Mother Jones, she was the New York editor at the Huffington Post. You can reach her at ioh@motherjones.com.

Brenden O’Hanlon is Mother Jones’ national accounts manager. He joined Mother Jones in 2010 and works out of New York City. When he’s not helping out clients with their digital and print ad campaigns, he’s usually trying to find time to ski or surf.

Madison Pauly is the assistant editor at Mother Jones, reporting on gender and criminal justice from San Francisco. Follow her at @msjpauly on Twitter or email her at mpauly@motherjones.com.

Carolyn Perot is Mother Jones’ art director. Carolyn has been in publishing since 1992, working at magazines covering technology, business, lifestyle, dogs, and politics. She holds undergraduate degrees from Stanford (she drew a picture on her entrance essay) and California College of the Arts.

Tom Philpott is Mother Jones’ food and agriculture correspondent and is a co-host of MoJo’s Bite podcast. Tom’s writing on food politics has appeared in numerous publications. He is currently based in Austin, Texas. In 2015, he won a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, in the feature category, for the story “California Goes Nuts,” along with photographer Matt Black. In 2014, Philpott’s Mother Jones blog, Food for Thought, was named “best food blog” by the Association of Food Journalists. He has twice been a finalist for a James Beard journalism award. In addition to writing, Tom is the co-founder of a small organic farm in North Carolina.

Michelle Reyes is the controller at Mother Jones and is based in San Francisco. Prior to guiding the accounting team, she worked at the for-profit tech media corporation International Data Group. As an almost native San Franciscan, Michelle enjoys exploring the wide variety of activities offered in the Bay Area, including hiking, listening to music, finding good eats, and planning bigger trips. You can reach her at mreyes@motherjones.com.

Tonya Riley is an editorial fellow in Mother Jones‘ DC bureau covering technology and politics. You can follow her at @tonyajoriley.

Edwin Rios is a reporter at Mother Jones. His work has appeared in the Oregonian, Vanity Fair, Fast Company, and the New York Daily News. You can follow him on Twitter at @Edwin_D_Rios or reach him at erios@motherjones.com.

Cathy Rodgers is Mother Jones’ business operations specialist. Cathy joined Mother Jones in 2006 and has worked in several departments. In 2015, she moved to ad operations. She is the mother of two sons and attended Alameda and Laney College with a concentration in business financial accounting. She lives in Hercules, California.

Jacob Rosenberg is a Ben Bagdikian editorial fellow based in San Francisco. Previously, he was an associate editor at the Arkansas Times, an alt-weekly in Little Rock. He’s written for the Oxford American, The Guardian, and NBC News, among others. You can reach him at jrosenberg@motherjones.com.

Bryan Schatz is a reporter at Mother Jones in the San Francisco bureau. His work has previously appeared in Men’s Journal, Outside, and Pacific Standard. Reach him at bschatz@motherjones.com.

Daniel Schulman is Mother Jones’ deputy Washington, DC, bureau chief. He is the New York Times best-selling author of Sons of Wichita (Grand Central Publishing), a biography of the Koch brothers. His new book, to be published by Knopf, chronicles the lives and legacies of a group of turn-of-the-century Wall Street titans who influenced the course of history and the rise of modern finance. Reach him at dschulman@motherjones.com or follow him on Twitter at @danielschulman.

Jeremy Schulman is Mother Jones’ senior news editor. He is based in Washington, DC, and he previously oversaw Climate Desk, a collaboration of outlets covering climate change. His work has appeared in Slate, Wired, Newsweek, High Country News, and The New Republic. Reach him at jschulman@motherjones.com or on Twitter at @jeremyschulman.

Adam Schweigert is the director of user experience at Mother Jones and is based in Columbus, Ohio. He was previously a senior web developer. Before coming to Mother Jones, he worked at the Institute for Nonprofit News, where he built and led the product and technology team. He also worked as a consultant and led digital departments for two NPR/PBS member stations. You can follow him on Twitter at @aschweig.

Amanda Silverman is a senior news editor based in Mother Jones’ San Francisco office. Before joining Mother Jones, Amanda worked as a story editor for Foreign Policy’s print magazine. Prior to that, she was the deputy editor of The New Republic. Follow her on Twitter at @apsilverman or reach her via email at asilverman@motherjones.com.

Julia Smith is a web developer at Mother Jones; she is based in Oakland, Calif. Previously, Julia was the director of product and technology at the Institute for Nonprofit News, and before that she was a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Reveal, The Chicago Reporter, and The Omaha World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter at @julia67.

Claudia Smukler joined Mother Jones in 2009 as the production director, heading magazine production, manufacturing, and distribution. She expanded the distribution of magazine content through partnerships with digital retailers and aids the organization in editorial workflow and creative technology transitions. Prior to joining Mother Jones, she held senior production management positions for Yoga Journal, Macworld, and PC World, and she produced content for technology companies CNET and Ask.com.

Kari Sonde is a Ben Bagdikian editorial fellow based in the San Francisco office. Her work has appeared in New York magazine, Lucky Peach, Bitch Media, and NBC. Reach her at ksonde@motherjones.com or follow her on Twitter @kari_sonde.

Dan Spinelli is an editorial fellow in Mother Jones’ DC bureau who covers environmental policy and national politics. You can email him tips at dspinelli@motherjones.com and follow him on Twitter at @dspin3.

Marianne Szegedy-Maszak is a senior editor who oversees the Climate Desk in the Washington, DC, bureau of Mother Jones. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, the Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, and Newsweek, among others. Formerly, she was a senior writer covering science and health at US News and World Report, a reporter for the New York Post, and an editor at Congressional Quarterly. She was also a professor of journalism at American University. She is on the board of the Center for Public Integrity and is the author of I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary. Reach her at mszegedy@motherjones.com.

Sam Van Pykeren is a Digital Media Fellow at the NYC office. He’s a California native and Chicago-educated lad. He was formerly a freelance content creator, specializing in video content, until Mother Jones swooped in and became his first post-grad gig. He runs a weekly music column, covers pop culture and LGBTQ+ issues, and he’s the Mother Jones Instagram guru. He also is the father of an orange tabby cat that has separation anxiety. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter for more musings.

AJ Vicens is a reporter at Mother Jones. He writes about the military, cybersecurity, civil rights, and fun stuff like UFOs. In the past, his stories have appeared in the Washington Post, on ESPN.com, and in 5280 Magazine. Reach him at avicens@motherjones.com and follow him on Twitter at @AJVicens.

Adam Vieyra is Mother Jones’ digital art director. Previously, he designed, art directed, and illustrated news and features at San Diego CityBeat and The San Diego Union-Tribune. Reach him at avieyra@motherjones.com.

Kara Voght is a reporter at Mother Jones’ DC bureau. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Politico, Nieman Storyboard, and U.S. News & World Report. You can email her at kvoght@motherjones.com and follow her on Twitter at @karavoght.

Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn is the assistant editor for audience and breaking news at Mother Jones. Before joining Mother Jones, she completed a master’s degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. You can send her tips, thoughts, or comments at kvongkiatkajorn@motherjones.com or on Twitter at @yukvon.

James West is Mother Jones’ senior digital editor in New York. Check out his six-part video series for our National Magazine Award-winning private prison exposé (and don’t miss the bit where he gets arrested). Find him on Twitter and Instagram.

Aaron Wiener is a senior editor in Mother Jones’ Washington, DC, bureau. He previously worked as a reporter at the Washington City Paper, a Berlin correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and the editor of the Washington Independent. He has written for the Washington Post, The Economist, Slate, The New Republic, and other publications and won local, national, and international reporting awards. Reach him at awiener@motherjones.com and follow him on Twitter at @aaronwiener.

Robert Wise is the online technology director, working from Mother Jones’ San Francisco office. Robert has been with Mother Jones since the web was a much, much simpler place. Outside the office, Robert is an active volunteer in college radio and a fan of live music. Reach him at rwise@motherjones.com.

Lynnea Wool is the senior staff accountant at Mother Jones and is in San Francisco. Prior to crunching numbers for the magazine, she worked at various accounting firms in the Bay Area. In her spare time she enjoys discovering new restaurants, taking scenic motorcycle rides, and most of all spending time with friends and family.

Maorr Zadok is the Reader Support Assistant based out of the San Francisco office. Maorr graduated from Hampshire College with an undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, and Psychoanalytic Theory. For his senior thesis, Maorr wrote a full-length novel detailing the lives inside and outside of the therapy office of a young therapist and her child patient titled “The Gift of Stories.” Since then, Maorr has returned to his childhood home of San Francisco and is happy to never have to deal with a New England winter ever again.

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