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Our Board

Dara Baldwin

Dara Baldwin is a disability justice activist and policy maker who works with an intentional strategy to end racism and systems of oppression. Title: Director of Policy, Center for Disability RIghts, Inc.

Terry McGovern

Terry McGovern is the Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor and Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health and the Director of the Program on Global Health Justice and Governance at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Isaiah Poole

Isaiah Poole is the Vice President of communications at The Democracy Collaborative. He has over 30 years experience in journalism, both as a reporter covering Washington D.C.-area and national politics and as a news and features editor.

Adrienne Torf

Adrienne Torf is a piano player and composer who reads poetry every morning and serves as a consulting CFO to nonprofit organizations.

Gus Spheeris

Gus Spheeris, residing "atmospheerically" high in the Rocky Mountains, brings many years of nonprofit and media related legal and industry experience to Curious Communications, along with enduring faith in the strength of democracy and its free flow of information

Darrel Frost

Darrel is a designer and writer who runs Frost Creative, a New York City–based communications consultancy focused on journalism and education.

Kim Conner

Over the past 3 decades, Kim Conner has worked as a web designer and social media consultant for nonprofits, artists and political campaigns, and served on several local governmental and nonprofit boards and committees in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.

Hesu Coue-Wilson

A former board member, Hesu has worked as a journalist and philanthropist and is a member of the LF Show's advisory committee.

Brenda Coughlin

A former board member, Brenda is the director of producing and impact strategy at the Sundance Institute and is a member of the LF Show's advisory committee.

Gina Kim

Formerly chair of the board, Gina is co-executive producer of Amanpour and Company and is a member of the LF Show's advisory committee.

Staff

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.