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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher is the founder and publisher of, a leading progressive blog. Her work has also appeared on The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, AlterNet, The Nation, and The American Prospect. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Al Jazeera, PBS, and the BBC. She is the author of the best-selling book Killer Instinct, and she has produced such films “Natural Born Killers” and “Permanent Midnight.” Jane currently lives in Washington, D.C. Email address is janehamsher AT firedoglake DOT com.

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Brian Sonenstein, Associate Publisher

Brian Sonenstein directs the activism and technology programs at Firedoglake. After blogging and organizing local activism campaigns for Living Liberally in 2009, Brian joined FDL in the heat of the battle over health care reform and has remained at the organization ever since. He holds a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Wheaton College (MA) and currently lives in Berkeley, CA.

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Kevin Gosztola, Writer at the Dissenter

Kevin Gosztola served as an intern for The Nation Magazine and worked closely with Greg Mitchell, helping him to maintain his daily WikiLeaks blog. He contributed sections to both of Mitchell’s books, “The Age of WikiLeaks” and “Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences.” And, he’s the producer of a weekly podcast “This Week in WikiLeaks” that has been tweeted by WikiLeaks to their more than 900,000 followers. He has been writing and publishing to WikiLeaks Central for the past six months. He was a multimedia editor and trusted author for OpEdNews for over three years. He’s a 2009 YP4 fellow and also a filmmaker/videographer, who graduated with a Film/Video B.A. degree from Columbia College Chicago. And, in April 2010, he co-organized a major arts & media summit called “Art, Access & Action,” which explored the intersection of politics, art and media. The conference earned support from the media reform organization Free Press.

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Dan Wright, News Desk Reporter

Dan Wright lives in New Jersey and is Firedoglake’s News Desk reporter.

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picture of attaturkIn 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was “the Sleeper Hold” and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey. Oops, sorry, that’s the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal. I’m just an average moron.

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Kirk James Murphy

Kirk James Murphy, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist and medical educator who completed formal fellowship training in consultation-liaison and trauma psychiatry as well as undergoing advanced training in human sexuality, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, and cognitive behavioral therapy. After many years providing care to organ transplant patients and oncology patients in a renowned Los Angeles academic medical center he moved to the Bay Area, trading less challenging work for far lovelier surroundings. For over a dozen years he’s participated in and provided medical support for non-violent eco-protection efforts including the Ruckus Society and many forest protection campaigns. This work enabled him to identify the pattern of neurotoxic symptoms in civilians exposed to chemical weapons during the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. His greatest activist success so far was his successful effort to ensure the precautionary principle was the framework for the LA Unified School District’s pesticide reform plan, thus ensuring the principle’s wide adoption in other jurisdictions. He writes for Firedoglake on food safety, environmental, and human rights issues.

Richard Taylor

dakine01Richard Taylor, aka dakine01, is a lifelong Cincinnati Reds and Kentucky Wildcat fan (except when the Wildcats play the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky University) who manages to see the absurdities in most things in day-to-day living. Proud to be a liberal no matter how many people try to make it a dirty word. Writes at MyFDL (usually cross posted from his own sucky little blog Just A Small Town Country Boy), occasional host of Late Night FDL or Pull Up A Chair, has hosted a couple of Book Salons and a Movie night and all around general pain in the a** (has been called anal retentive ‘but in a good way’ by former managers). Tries not to take self too seriously. Air Force veteran who flew a desk in the Accounting office in northern MI and Hawai’i. Email dakine at


Suzanne hosts Late Night FDL music and cartoon posts in addition to spending most evenings behind the FDL backstage curtain flipping levers. She used to be a practicing heterosexual but now it appears that she is just a consultant. Avid reader since teaching herself how to read when four. Navy brat and first born so she is always thinking of the consequences. Double Irish so she usually got caught. Turned her misspent youth around and became that scary thing in your rear view mirror. She retired from the Fremont (California) Police Department after 24 years of sworn and non-sworn duties, including Patrol and the Crimes Against Persons Unit. Currently living on the North Oregon Coast with Token, cutest dog in the world (9 lb category), where she enjoys taking non-crime scene photographs, writing at her own blog, TwoTonGreenBlog, and working backstage at Firedoglake. Email: Suzanne at firedoglake dot com.

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