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Liberal America is the only place on the web that is devoted solely to all things liberal. We’re not just news and politics. If it interests liberals, we write about it.

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Tiffany Willis

Editor-in-Chief and CEO

Tiffany Willis is a fifth-generation Texan, a proponent of voluntary simplicity, a single mom, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America. An unapologetic member of the Christian Left, she has spent most of her career actively working with “the least of these” — disadvantaged and oppressed populations, the elderly, people living in poverty, at-risk youth, and unemployed people. She is a Certified Workforce Expert with the National Workforce Institute, a NAWDP Certified Workforce Development Professional, and a certified instructor for Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. She has a grossly neglected personal blog, and is the proud owner of some amazing websites:

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Marty Townsend

Managing Editor

Marty Townsend is an activist at heart. A lifelong writer, she concentrates her journalistic efforts on human interest, liberal politics, Michigan, educational and environmental issues. She is an active volunteer with the PTA, currently serving as Secretary of her local District PTA Council. She also stays busy volunteering as a youth softball coach for the summer league in her community and participates in Relay for Life. Marty frequently sports a near-shaved head ‘as a way to’ support of all women experiencing hair loss for any reason.

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Samuel Sanner

Director of Human Resources and Legal

Samuel Sanner has a Masters of Paralegal Studies and is working on his MBA in Human Resources Management.

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Editors


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Dylan Hock

Dylan Hock is a poet, novelist, professor and social activist. He is published in a number of little magazines and has an essay on the muzzling of Ezra Pound included in the anthology Star Power: The Impact of Branded Celebrity. Currently, he also writes and edits for If You Only News, Addicting Info, Green Action News, and Take 10. Hire him for freelance writing and editing work on Elance.

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Darrell Lucas

Darrell is a 30-something graduate of the University of North Carolina who considers himself a journalist of the old school. An attempt to turn him into a member of the religious right in college only succeeded in turning him into the religious right’s worst nightmare–a charismatic Christian who is an unapologetic liberal. His desire to stand up for those who have been scared into silence only increased when he survived an abusive three-year marriage. You may know him on Daily Kos as Christian Dem in NC.

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Brett Banks

Brett Banks is a native Texan majoring in Political Science. His interest in politics started when he was very young and has no end in sight. Brett is a fire breathing Progressive. As an advocate and member of the LGBTQ+ community he has aspirations to one day see equality for all.

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Andrew Bradford

Andrew Bradford is a single father who lives in Atlanta. A member of the Christian Left, he has worked in the fields of academia, journalism, and political consulting. His passions are art, music, food, and literature. He believes in equal rights and justice for all.

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Tanner Bisbee

Tanner Bisbee is from the beautiful State of Maine. Yes, the place where “cah” is an acceptable pronunciation and spelling of the word car. In addition to being a Mainer, he is also a die hard Sox, Pats, and Celtics fan.

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Johnny Hill

Johnny Hill is a freelance writer who has extensive experience in writing for sales, marketing and advertising. He has a background in radio broadcasting which is showcased in the music mixes he creates for his Facebook page, “One Nation Under the Groove.” Johnny has been an avid and life long student of politics . He is the founder of the House of Public Discourse Political Organization, which he created as a platform for his progressive liberal ideology.

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David Pham

David Pham is a proud Gaytheist and Gaymer, and an Iraq Veteran who staunchly supports LGBT rights and the separation of church and state. When not reading or researching, he’s usually found with his nose in his Kindle or Wii U Gamepad. He studies Psychology with the intent to provide therapy to Veterans and teach at the college level.

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Karan Khanna

Karan is an Engineer cum male feminist. Other than that he is a blogger and admin of classyandcurious.com and feminismforyou.org.

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Carissa House-Dunphy

Carissa works as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is also a proud feminist and self-described nerdy chick and pop culture junkie. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Louisville and is currently completing her master’s degree. Her previous work experience is in social justice along with two full-time AmeriCorps terms as a language tutor for immigrant children. In her spare time, Carissa enjoys reading, heavy metal music, and being the Crazy Aunt to her nieces and nephews.

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Caleb Woods

Caleb Woods is a Communications and English major. He is a reader, a writer, and an activist for LGBT rights, women’s rights, and the rights of the American people. He has lived in Alabama for his entire life and has experienced first-hand discrimination and bigotry. He hopes to change hearts and minds across the world so that people may show more compassion and empathy for their fellow man and woman.

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Gloria Christie

Gloria Christie founded Gloria Christie Reports, a common sense column about liberal politics. She wrote for Addictinginfo.org, the Kansas City Star, Where High Technology Meets Politics for London’s IDG-Connect Blog and The Best Times. Her total readership is over five million. Christie has an Master’s degree in radio-TV-film and a Masters of Public Administration in business/government relations. She was a systemic problems consulting expert for Fortune 100/500 businesses in the U.S. and off-shore. Christie invented and implemented the first computerized patient chart. She also worked on Howard Dean’s, John Kerry’s, and Barak Obama’s presidential campaigns. She is particularly interested in liberal politics, high-tech, complex systems, and change.

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Robert Franklin

Robert could go on about how he was raised by honey badgers in the Texas Hill Country, or how he was elected to the Texas state legislature as a 19-year-old wunderkind, or how he won 219 consecutive games of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots against Hugh Grant, but those would be lies. However, Robert does hail from Lewisville, Texas, having been transplanted from Fort Worth at a young age. Robert is a college student and focuses his studies on philosophical dilemmas involving morality, which he feels makes him very qualified to write about politicians. Reading the Bible turned Robert into an atheist, a combative disposition to greed turned him into a humanist, and the fact he has not lost a game of Madden football in over a decade has turned him into the Madden-winning equivalent of Zeus.

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Matt Oxley

Matt Oxley is a former Christian Fundamentalist turned atheist living in the small town of Eastman, Georgia. He writes about his experiences as an atheist, freethinking, activist at RagingRev.com.

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Dan Harkins

After four years in military intelligence with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division — including eight months becoming a Democrat during the first Gulf War — Dan Harkins obtained a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of South Florida and began a journalism career that has now spanned nearly two decades. Hit him up at LinkedIn for writing assignments. He just completed his first novel, a dark comedy called “Freeburg,” about the first American city to mandate voting. Sanders or Clinton? Sanders.

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Reginald Finley

Reggie holds a B.S. in Human Development and a M.Ed. in Science Communication. He is currently earning a M.S. in Biology from Clemson University. He has been an informal science and critical thinking educator since 1998 spearheading one of the largest podcasting sites dedicated to free inquiry and science. He retired from podcasting and currently works as a science educator in Orlando, FL. Hobbies: genealogy, anime, watching science-oriented documentaries, science fact-checking, and devouring sushi when I can afford it. Feel free to add Reggie on LinkedIn where he periodically writes articles on critical thinking, evolution, and other sciences

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Kid Pulse and Millennial Pulse


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Kellyn Smith

Kellyn Smith is red-headed (but blue supporting) 17 year old high school student from Marietta, GA. She likes activism, poetry, and music. She’s an outspoken Atheist and feminist. She wants to study political science at the University of Oregon or the University of Washington.

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Bryce Bennett

Bryce Bennett is 15 years old and has lived in Waycross, GA for his entire life. He’s in the 9th grade. He identified as a Republican until the 2012 election when he and his dad talked about the history of labor unions.

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Kristie ElizondoKeith FooteShawn Smith, Christina Staab, Robert HatchKeith BrekhusLaurie Bertram RobertsKaryl KrugMark BoropThomas Leger, Michael TuckDon ShepardWendi Petit, Angela Hilliard, Daniel Faris, Christopher Dale, Amanda Markley, Tom White, Nancy Feldman, Clay Jones, Josh Metheney, Anthony E., Patt Shannon, Everett Brunton, Mark Sandlin, Ben Grenaway, Sarah Hatter, Flor Edwards, David Christopher, Ben Dunham-Kapaldo, Lynn BeisnerJennifer WhiteJessica Hassell, Paul Loebe, Beth Still, Chris MacdonaldJan Meyer, Julia Markey, George White, Derick Jacobs, Ben Feminilla, Christopher Hull, Bryan Trim, Ed BellyJonathan Lenhardt, Kayla Renee, James Malizia Jr., Bryce Bennett, Steve Marmel, Randa Morris, Jordan Blaylock, Shaun Wallace, Nathaniel Downes, Dina ShehataMadison Grisworld, Nina Kate, Bruce LevineMatt TerziDonna Ladipaolo, Simone Sanner, Wendy Gittleson, Nicole James Scott, R.E Duncan, Stephanie Kuklish, Maeby GeverJoseph Guyer, Tom HunterLindsay JakowsChristin Berger, Jason Carson WilsonMitchell Blatt, Elisabeth Parker, John Coffey, Courtney LynnJoe Clark, Vanessa Sheridan, Sharquita DarbyChristopher GrimaAlexandria SommersPaul SheneLatanya Ivey, John Lawrence


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