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.

FRANK SPRING

Chief Financial Officer

Frank is an artist and former filmmaker, who for many years has served in a financial capacity for a wide range of non-profit organizations. He is also an investment counselor and the Financial Director of a small Arts foundation based in NYC, providing grants to deserving artists in many fields.

MATT COLACIELLO

Creative Director

Matt Colaciello is a polyglot media activist, creative strategist, and video producer whose work focuses on social and environmental justice. Colaciello has spent the last decade working in field production and project leadership in the U.S., India, and Indonesia. His work has been screened at the United Nations Conference of Partners, California’s Climate Action Summit, the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America, and the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum, among others.

JEREMIAH COTHREN

Communications Director

Jeremiah Cothren is a journalist, producer and media strategist committed to the development of counter narratives on the most poignant issues of our time. He’s reported on migration, environmental justice and land reform in Africa, Europe and North America and was featured on platforms such as PBS and NPR’s Latino USA. Prior to joining the LF Show, he worked with Tomas Van Houtryve on his latest book, ‘Lines and Lineage’ and is now working on a podcast around criminal justice reform.

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.

CHARLOTTE CARPENTER

Senior Video Producer & Editor

Charlotte Carpenter is a video journalist and filmmaker who serves as the Senior Video Producer and Editor for the Laura Flanders Show. In addition to her work for the show, she is currently working toward an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College. Charlotte is interested in the ways activist filmmaking can build community, resist the gatekeeping of corporate media, and envision more equitable worlds.

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.

DOMINIC MARCELLA

Co-Director Of Development

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.

MERCEDES GOROSTIAGA

Communications Associate

Mercedes Gorostiaga is a journalist and documentary photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also a women’s right activist. Prior to joining The LF Show, she worked for the Argentine Associated Press.

RYAN HOTES

Pre-Production Assistant

From their home in the Pacific Northwest, to the Concrete Jungle of NYC, Ryan enjoys working and exploring wherever there is a story to be told, in whatever form it appears in. Ryan graduated from Pace University in NYC where they received their BFA in musical theatre, and now works as a storyteller, teacher, and activist. While not on stage or in a studio, Ryan is engaged in volunteering and community organizing, gardening, writing, going on road-trips, and working on their own creative endeavors or personal growth. Ryan identifies as non-binary and masculine-assumed.