Paul Waldman: author of four books on media and politics. His latest is called â€œFree Ride: John McCain and the Mediaâ€. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects at Media Matters for America. He is also a columnist for The American Prospect. You can read his blog at paulwaldman.blogspot.com.
Dahr Jamail: is an award-winning freelance journalist. His reporting from Iraq has earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and four Project Censored awards.
Jeff Cohen: media critic and lecturer, is founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he is an associate professor of journalism. His latest book is Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media.
Kay Brown: Communication Director for the Alaska Democratic Party, has, almost single-handedly, steered that party in a more progressive direction on a par with Democratic Party organizations outside of Alaska.
Jason Leopold: investigative journalist. He writes for the online publication The Public Record.
Melanie Sloan: serves as CREWâ€™s Executive Director. Prior to starting CREW, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where, from 1998-2003, she successfully tried cases before dozens of judges and juries.
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Bennion Spencer: filed to run for Congress in Utah's 3rd District. He will be running on the Democratic ticket, and is very excited to have the opportunity to run for Congress.