Reporters

Paul Glastris

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. From September 1998 to January, 2001, he was special assistant and senior speechwriter to President Bill Clinton. He wrote over 200 speeches for the president, on subjects ranging from education to health care to the budget. Before joining the White House, Glastris spent 10 years as a correspondent and editor at U.S.News & World Report. While at U.S.News, he served as Berlin bureau chief from 1995-96, during which he covered the former Yugoslavia during the final months of the Bosnian War. Glastris has also written for The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe New Republic, and Slate.

Paul's story of the minimum wage fights during the Clinton administration and how these battle apply to today's political landscape is published in the Washington Monthly's June edition.

 

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Haley Sweetland Edwards recently moved from Washington Monthly, where she worked as an editor, to Time Magazine, where she is a Washington-based political correspondent. Previously, she reported from the Middle East and the South Caucasus for the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy and other publications. She began her career as a reporter at The Seattle Times, and is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Haley's story on how conservatives have effectively lobotomized Congress over the last 30 years, which she wrote while at Washington Monthly, is running in the June edition of that magazine and is co-authored with Paul Glastris.

Alexander Zaitchik

Alexander Zaitchik is a freelance journalist currently living in New Orleans. In 2010, Wiley & Sons published his first book, Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance. He has reported out of Washington, Mexico City, South Asia and Moscow, where he wrote for the eXile. Between 2003 and 2005, Zaitchik was on staff at New York Press, where he wrote about city, state, and national politics.

Zaitchik's investigation of the increasingly powerful Gun Owners of America and its radical leader, Larry Pratt, will be published on RollingStone.com.

Christopher Ketcham

Christopher Ketcham has written for Vanity Fair, GQ, Details, Men's Journal, The Nation, Salon, Mother Jones, National Geographic Adventure, and many other magazines, newspapers and websites. He is also currently a contributing editor for Harper's Magazine. In 2002, Ketcham was selected as a Livingston Awards finalist for his Salon.com coverage of the 9/11 attacks in New York.

Chris is writing about the privatization of public lands in the American West. His story will appear in Harper's Magazine.

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson until recently was the campaign manager of Forecast the Facts, a grassroots organization dedicated to accountability on the climate crisis and scientific integrity. Previously, he was the editor of ThinkProgress Green, and continues to blog at Climate Progress. Brad holds a master's degree in geosciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the co-author of Technomanifestos, a history of the Information Revolution, and is the founder of HillHeat.com, which covers climate policy in Washington. Brad has appeared on national and local television and radio, and is a regular speaker on climate policy and politics.

Brad is writing on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and how its Republican majority has shifted to the right under committee chairman Lamar Smith. His three-part investigation will be published by The Huffington Post in late June.

Eli Clifton

Eli Clifton is currently a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute who focuses on money in politics and U.S. foreign policy. He previously reported for The American Independent's former news operation, as well as ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service. Clifton is co-author of the Center for American Progress's report "Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network In America." His work has appeared on PBS/Frontline's Tehran bureau, the South China Morning Post, Right Web, LobeLog, Salon, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Slate, Gawker, and ForeignPolicy.com.

Eli's story about Rush Limbaugh and his relationship with the conservative Independent Women's Forum was published onThe Nation's website on June 12.

Natalie Kottke and Erica Sardarian

Documentary Fellows

Natalie Kottke is a writer/producer who’s co-producing for Brave New Foundation’s latest documentary campaign, War Costs. Kottke’s currently producing BNF’s documentary titled, Unmanned: America’s Drone War that investigates America’s drone policy and use of drones in the tribal region of Pakistan, shedding light on the stories of innocent civilians. In addition to her work in documentaries she’s produced for E! Networks, Big Brother on CBS, and worked in book publishing as an associate editor for New York Times best-selling author, Linda Sivertsen, http://bookmama.com/. 

Erica Sardarian is a writer/producer who has produced countless shows for the Travel Channel, History Channel, E!, MTV, and the Cooking Channel. She recently directed/produced a project that was sold to a major cable network. As a former publicist of the Hollyshorts Film Festival, she featured short films directed and produced by Josh Brolin, Demi Moore, Kirsten Dunst, Eli Roth, David Arquette, and Jessica Biel. She presented awards to both David Lynch and Paul Haggis. She recently wrote and produced a short film called Dear New York, her love letter to the city.

Kottke and Sardarian are filming an investigative documentary about the adverse impacts of the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers' business practices.

Elaine Shannon

Elaine Shannon is the editor-in-chief and publisher of the Environmental Working Group, which specializes in breakthrough research and advocacy in clean energy, toxic chemicals, sustainable farming and other areas. Elaine was the Justice Department and national security correspondent for Time magazine for 20 years, and covered the same beats for Newsweek for a decade. She is a former Nieman fellow at Harvard University and the author of three books on terrorism, espionage and the global drug trade, including the New York Times best-seller Desperados: Latin Drug Lords, U.S. Lawmen and the War America Can't Win.

Elaine is leading a team that is investigating the massive spending campaign being undertaken by Koch Industries and other corporations that aim to cripple federal controls on toxic chemicals in commerce and consumer products.