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Our Story

The Laura Flanders Show began in 2001 as a daily radio program on Air America Radio to engage listeners in a deep dive of the most pressing issues of the times. In 2008, supported by Free Speech TV, Laura moved to television, beginning GRITtv, a daily national news show that covered the Financial Crisis from the grassroots up. After several years, the show moved to KCET/Link TV and teleSUR, where it ran as a weekly program called The Laura Flanders Show. The Laura Flanders Show launched on PBS stations in the United States in 2020, airing in 23 of the country’s top 25 television markets. To find your local listing, check out our TV schedules.

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Cultural Freedom
Fellowship,
Lannan Foundation

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Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award, Women’s Media Center

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Urban Journalist
of the Year,
City Limits

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Izzy Award
Park Center
at Ithaca College

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Most Valuable
Multimedia Maker
The Nation

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Communicator of
the Year Award
NY Metro Labor Press Council

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Stonewall Award
Stonewall
Community Foundation

Our Host

Laura Flanders

Host & Executive Producer

Laura is a best-selling author and broadcaster. After many years in public and commercial radio, she founded The Laura Flanders Show / GRITtv in 2008 to serve as an online channel for in depth conversations with forward-thinking people from the worlds of politics, economics, business and the arts. A primetime, daily broadcast, GRITtv with Laura Flanders aired for three years on Free Speech TV before moving to KCET/Linktv and teleSUR, as a weekly program. Flanders is a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! magazine. She is also the author of six books including the New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). The Laura Flanders Show aired nationally on Air America Radio (2004-2008) before which she was the founding host of Your Call, on public radio, KALW, and CounterSpin, the nationally-syndicated radio program from the mediawatch group FAIR.

Our Collaborators

S. Mitra Kalita

CEO & Co-Founder URL Media

Judith LeBlanc

Director Native Organizers Alliance

Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Senior Minister Middle Church

Sara Lomax-Reese

Co-Founder URL Media

Scot Nakagawa

Senior Partner Change Lab

Our Board

Dara Baldwin

Director Policy Center for Disability Rights, Inc.

Terry McGovern

Director Global Health Justice and Governance Columbia University School of Public Health

Isaiah Poole

VP, Communications The Democracy Collaborative

Adrienne Torf

CFO Consultant

Gus Spheeris

Consul

Darrel Frost

Communications Consultant Frost Creative

Kim Conner

Social Media Consultant

Hesu Coue-Wilson

Advisory Board
Brenda Coughlin headshot

Brenda Coughlin

Advisory Board
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Gina Kim

Advisory Board

Our Staff

Sabrina Artel is an artist and a journalist. Her works explore community-based practices through the lens of social justice and direct storytelling. She has taught at Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges in their journalism and media studies departments and has been a guest speaker at the OTIS School of Art and Design, The School of Visual Arts and the School of Public Health at Columbia University in NYC. Her interdisciplinary 19-year project, Trailer Talk includes a radio show and live performative events using new models for participatory communication, narrative building, and dialogue to support community engagement. Her work has been recognized by the Puffin Foundation, NYSCA and Art Matters among others.

Sabrina Artel

Senior Story Producer

Kizzy Cox

Field Producer/Reporter

Kizzy Cox is an award winning journalist. Before joining The Laura Flanders Show she worked as a producer and freelance reporter for the BBC where she followed her passion for reporting on underrepresented communities and social justice, locally and abroad. She’s a contributor to BBC Talking Movies highlighting films by and about people of color. Kizzy’s also worked for NYC’s Channel 7 Eyewitness News, as a digital and social media producer as well as co-hosted the weekly entertainment and lifestyle show What's the 411 TV during its 5 year run. A proud native New Yorker of Trinidadian descent, she believes our identities are a source of strength.

Janet Hernandez is an early-career journalist and music enthusiast based in New York City. With her writing expertise and passion for storytelling, she’s on a mission to support and uplift change makers and creatives who are doing things differently.

Janet Hernandez

Communications Manager

Jeannie Hopper

Podcast Producer

Jeannie Hopper pioneers media strategies for community focused platform building. She produced several podcast series, radio shows and streaming stations. As former program director at WBAI she developed new shows and training programs. Hopper developed and managed Clocktower Radio, a premiere podcast, live stream and on demand platform for PS1-MoMA. She currently produces the radio/podcast edition of the Laura Flanders Show, and hosts and produces Liquid Sound Lounge-on WBAI-Pacifica in New York City, targeting youth via underground music and culture along with annual ‘social dance’ focused events including annual boat parties.

A freelance writer and editor and an avid practitioner of parkour, Dominic spends as much of his time as possible outdoors. He is currently working on a book about the repressive social determinations and restrictions that govern physical movement.

Dominic Marcella

Co-Director of Development

Nat Needham

Associate Producer

Nat shoots, edits and animates manifestations of people and their ideas be they in the High Himalayas, the craziness of Caracas, peculiar to Portland or nuevo in New York. He’s worked with Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, San Francisco Chronicle and enjoys eating Ethiopian food with his wife.

Before joining The Laura Flanders Show, David was a freelance editor. He has edited for Globalvision since 2009. His projects include two six-part documentary series for international distribution, America’s Surveillance State and Who Rules America; PBS NewsHour reports on the digital divide; a series of programs on the 2018 midterm elections for satcaster Free Speech TV; and, most recently, programs for The Laura Flanders Show.

In addition to his work with Globalvision, previous production and post-production experience includes narrative and documentary films (short and feature length), news segments, commercials, corporate videos and internal communications spanning a variety of settings, ranging from commercial production companies, advertising agencies and corporate production companies.

David Neumann

Editor

Our Partnerships