Mother Jones 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. 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 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.

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

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.

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 from being predominantly print-focused to a roster driven by digital offerings, like MoJo‘s website, email lists, and podcasts, in addition to 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 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 @juliachanb or reach her at

Russ Choma is a reporter in the Washington bureau of Mother Jones who covers money in politics and influence. You can reach him at He previously was a reporter for, 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.

Emily Cozart is Mother Jones‘ associate director of development, based in MoJo‘s New York bureau. Emily has raised money for several New York-based nonprofits, ranging from small, grassroots organizations to international NGOs. Before making the switch to not-for-profit work, Emily had a brief but illustrious career as an attorney, working at a large, international law firm and a boutique Wall Street firm. She can be reached at

Vishakha Darbha is a digital fellow at Mother Jones‘ New York office. She has been on the move for the past four years, and her most recent adventure was in Seattle, making videos on food, environmental justice and sustainability at Grist. Before that, she was a video intern at Vox. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Follow her on Twitter @vishakha_darbha.

Eli Day is an editorial fellow with Mother Jones and relentless Detroiter. You can reach him at

Ashley Dejean is the digital audience fellow in Mother Jones‘ Washington bureau. Previously, she worked as a senior news editor at Washington DC’s NPR affiliate. Her work has been featured by Fusion, the Daily Dot, Washington City Paper, and Houston Public Radio. Email tips to and follow her on Twitter at @ashleydijon.

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 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

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

Wes Enzinna is a senior editor and writer at Mother Jones. His reportage and essays from Syria, Bolivia, Bulgaria, and beyond also appear in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and the London Review of Books, and his award-winning documentary films have appeared on Vice. Follow him on Twitter at @wesenzinna.

Olivia Exstrum is a Ben Bagdikian editorial 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 in June. You can reach Olivia at 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 or follow @dfriedman33.

Einat Gilboa is a designer at Mother Jones and is based in the San Francisco office. Previously, she worked at TCI and 826 Valencia.

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 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

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 sisters, Anna and Christine. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchellgrummon or reach him at

Erica Gulseth is Mother Jones‘ San Francisco-based advancement officer. She works directly with Mother JonesMuckrakers 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

Kate Harloe is a Ben Bagdikian editorial fellow at Mother Jones. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, CNET and The Rumpus, among other publications. Previously, she worked at Crosscut Public Media and earned a degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Follow her on Twitter @kharloe or reach her at

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 best restaurants, Grace, amidst 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 swims year-round in San Francisco’s Aquatic Park and ferments, pickles, and scratches a small patch of dirt in the city’s Bernal Heights neighborhood.

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

Nallaly Jimenez is the development associate based in Mother Jones‘ San Francisco office. Prior to joining MoJo, she worked in community engagement for the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, and for the NPR affiliate station Oregon Public Broadcasting. In her spare time, Nallaly enjoys watching poorly directed horror films, experimenting with new vegetarian recipes, and admiring the diversity of the Bay Area. You may reach her at

Megan Jula is an editorial fellow in Mother Jones‘ DC bureau. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Vice, USA TODAY and the Arizona Republic. You can follow her on Twitter at @meganjula or email her at

Margaret Kadifa is a Ben Bagdikian editorial fellow in Mother Jones‘ San Francisco office. Previously, she covered crime and breaking news for the Houston Chronicle in Houston, Texas. You can reach her at or on Twitter at @margaretkadifa.

Al Kamalizad is a filmmaker, animator, and photographer in Los Angeles by way of Tehran. Aside from his personal experiments which include a fictional documentary about planet earth falling in love with a space shuttle and an animated series inspired by tweets, he’s worked on video campaigns for ATTN, the United Nations, Amazon, Wired, Fusion, Blue Origin, American Express, Getty, and

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.

Andy Kroll is a senior reporter for Mother Jones based in Washington, DC. He covers the Trump administration, conflicts and corruption, money in politics, and state and national elections. His work has also appeared at the California Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, Washingtonian, and National Journal. Contact him at He tweets at @AndyKroll.

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

Noah Lanard is a Ben Bagdikian editorial fellow 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

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 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 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

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.

Jenny Luna is the podcast and engagement fellow at Mother Jones. She hails from northern Nevada and is now based in San Francisco, where she writes about food, homelessness, and education. Her work has also appeared in the Miami Herald, on WNYC, and in Wilson Quarterly. Find her on Twitter at @J2theLuna or by email at

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

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‘ Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable 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, an enthusiast of the outdoors, 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 the copy editor at Mother Jones and reports on gender, health, and criminal justice. Before coming to San Francisco, she worked as a reporter and editor in Burma and Indonesia, covering everything from armed conflicts to education reform. Her reporting has been published by The Atlantic, Global Post, and Outside, among others. Got a tip? Reach her at, and follow her on Twitter at @sjmichaels.

Liliana Miramontes is the office assistant 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 a social media fellow 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 and follow her on Twitter at @jackie_flynn_.

Ross Montgomery is Mother Jones‘ IT Manager. He’s on his second run after working in the corporate field before coming back to Mother Jones. Reach him at

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, 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.

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

Inae Oh is the associate news 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

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.

Brandon Patterson is a reporter at Mother Jones‘ San Francisco bureau, which he joined in 2015. He covers policing and criminal justice but also writes about black, queer identity politics. Brandon is a graduate of Howard University. Follow him on Twitter at @myblackmindd and email him at

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

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.

LA Randrup is the advertising sales coordinator based in our San Francisco office. She previously was an account executive at Yelp while contracting web and graphic design jobs for local small businesses. She likes spending her time laughing with friends and family and meeting new people and hearing their stories. LA also loves food and is currently on the hunt for the best burrito in the country.

Patrick Richcreek works in the San Francisco office at Mother Jones as a reader-support assistant. A self-described “Jack of all trades,” he masters none, but one: empathy. Patrick enjoys spending time outdoors with his dog Juanita, learning new songs to play and sing, cooking for friends and family, and standing up and speaking out in the face of adversity.

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

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

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.

Sabrina T. Sanchez is a strategic communications fellow at Mother Jones. A recent University of California, Davis graduate, Sabrina joins MoJo with a background in communications, multimedia production, and journalism. She comes from Stockton and is currently based in the Bay Area. Reach her on Twitter at @SabrinaTS7.

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

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 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 New Republic. Reach him at or on Twitter at @jeremyschulman.

Adam Schweigert is a Senior Web Developer at Mother Jones based in Columbus, Ohio. He comes to Mother Jones most recently from the Institute for Nonprofit News, where he built and led INN’s Product and Technology Team. Previously, he worked as a consultant, and before that, he founded and led digital departments at NPR/PBS member stations in Bloomington, Indiana, and Columbus, Ohio. His formal schooling is in music from Ohio State and Indiana Universities. You can follow him on Twitter @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

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

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

Amy Thomson is a Ben Bagdikian online editorial fellow based in the San Francisco office. Before moving to the Bay Area, she was in Denver reporting on municipal politics, culture, the environment, and anything that snagged her a chance at learning more about an interesting person or topic. Got a tip? Find her on Twitter @amyjayde_ or email her at

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, and in 5280 Magazine. Reach him at 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

Kara Voght is an editorial fellow 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 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 or on Twitter at @yukvon.

Rowan Walrath is a Ben Bagdikian online editorial fellow based in the San Francisco office. Before moving to the Bay Area, she was a community reporter in Boston. Her bylines have appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, and WGBH, among other publications. Reach her at or follow her on Twitter @rowanwalrath.

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 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

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.


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