Joanne Bamberger is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Broad Side. She is a political and media strategist, author, journalist and "recovering" attorney (formerly known around the blogosphere as PunditMom). She is the author of Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America (Bright Sky Press). Joanne was awarded the 2013 Advocacy Innovator Award by Campaigns and Elections Magazine for being one of the first proponents of the belief that women online in non-political spaces like "mommy" blogs not only address political and policy matters through their non-traditionally political venues, but also directly and indirectly affect political and policy discussion. Joanne was named in 2013 by Working Mother Magazine as a "must read" online writer, and as one of their Most Powerful Moms in Social Media in 2011. She was nominated for the Women's Media Center 2011 Social Media Award. A new media expert and authority on political involvement of women, Joanne has contributed commentary to USA Today, CNN.com, Huffington Post, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America, XM Radio POTUS, among others. Joanne speaks frequently to a variety of groups about women, politics, social media and how their confluence is increasing women's power in all aspects of women's lives. Joanne is an award-winning broadcast journalist who spent a decade as a radio and television reporter before attending law school. Joanne spent 15 years in private and government practice, including a stint as Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. And, no surprise, you can find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter at @JLCBamberger! Her journalism "brushes with greatness" as a cub reporter many years ago included interviews with Henry Kissinger AND Aldo Cella (but not at the same time)!
Amy McVay Abbott is an Indiana writer whose column “The Raven Lunatic” runs in a dozen newspapers and magazines. Amy specializes in health writing, with a passion for rehabilitation and disability issues. She also enjoys writing about politics, travel and the arts. Follow her on Twitter at @ravenonhealth, at her web-site www.amyabbottwrites.com or as Bernadine Spitzsnogel on Open Salon. She likes to hear from readers at email@example.com.
Veronica I. Arreola is a professional feminist, writer and mom. She directs an award-winning Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program in Chicago. WISE works to support undergraduate and graduate women students who have career aspirations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through peer mentoring, seminars, workshops and a social network. Her blog, Viva la Feminista, has been named a top political and advocacy blog by Blogher, Type-A-Mom, Women’s Media Center and Latinos in Social Media. Her writing has been featured in Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine, and the Women’s Review of Books. Veronica has worked with organizations such as Planned Parenthood Illinois, Chicago Abortion Fund, Bitch Media, and Women in Media and News. She is also a volunteer for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and assistant coach for her soccer team. Veronica is currently working on her PhD in Public Administration with concentrations in gender and public management.S he gets all of this done through a combination of a lack of sleep and her amazing husband of 14 years love and support.
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Brain Child Magazine, Huffington Post and Salon, amongst others. She keeps a personal blog, Standing in the Shadows and a tumblr Refractions. Follow her on Twitter--@standshadows. Without prompting, her children—three boys and a girl—are self-declared feminists. Well, maybe not the five-year-old, but she does believe sisterhood is powerful.
Associate Editor Abby Diaz is a mother, wife and lawyer who shares her opinions and her sarcasm while blogging about current events at What’s Left Over. Hailed by readers as “hilarious,” “insightful” and “related to me,” she is sure to cover a subject that resonates with you. Assuming you care about things like life, entertainment, and/or family. If reading full paragraphs is too much for you, enjoy Abby over at Facebook or Twitter.
Managing Editor of The Broad Side Danielle A. Elwood is a parenting blogger who started writing in 2008 after the birth of her first child. Through four years and three children, Danielle expanded her website to include her liberal political opinions and pro-choice background. Danielle writes her self titled site DanielleElwood.com and is a freelance parenting blogger for Babble.com.
Karen Francis is a writer and military spouse in the Washington, D.C. area and is the Military Families Editor for The Broad Side. Karen is the principal of KFVA Virtual Assisting, a company that provides freelance writing and editing services.
Faiqa Khan is a writer, teacher, wife and mother that has been blogging for nearly five years about culture, politics and faith in the United States on her award winning personal blog Native Born. She also co-produces and hosts an interfaith podcast called Hey! That’s My Hummus! and is a contributor to Babble Voices and Aiming Low. You can find Faiqa either quoting 80s song lyrics or posting brilliant thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.
Delia Lloyd is an American journalist living in London. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Guardian. She was the London correspondent for Politics Daily and blogged about women and politics at The Washington Post's She the People. She blogs about adulthood at RealDelia.
Linda Lowen is the co-host of the new NPR show Take Care, a program that features a mix of national, regional and local guests discussing everyday health concerns as well as the latest in diagnosis and treatment, public health and policy, mental health, and new advancements in medicine. Until recently, Linda Lowen was the driving force behind the About.com Women's Issues website where -- in addition to blogging and writing articles -- she tried to rein in her liberal bent for a mainstream audience. Linda has won local and national awards for her coverage of women's issues in broadcast and print media. She's been a guest on ABC's Good Morning America, NPR's Talk of the Nation and was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times. When she's not writing, she's involved in pursuits that serve as fodder for additional writing projects -- such as learning to ride a motorcycle (on MSN.com) and parenting two daughters (in the book Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media Are Revolutionizing Politics in America.) In her spare time, she posts on Facebook and tweets under @womensissues.
Rebekah Kuschmider is a DC area mom with an over-developed sense of irreverence, socialist tendencies, a cable news addiction, and a blog. Rebekah has an undergraduate degree in theatre and Master’s in Arts Policy and Administration and a decade of experience managing arts organizations and advocating in the public health sector. Rebekah also blogs about her life, her thoughts, and her opinions at StayAtHomePundit.com.She was voted one of the Top 25 Political Mom Blogs at Circle of Moms. Her work has also been seen at Salon.com, Redbook online, and the Huffington Post. .
Robin Marty is the Senior Political Reporter for RH Reality Check. A freelance writer and speaker, Robin tracks state restrictions on reproductive health care rights. Robin’s political, women’s rights and reproductive articles and personal writings have appeared at Ms. Magazine, Truth Out, Alternet, BlogHer and Care2. She has been featured in panels at Netroots Nation, the National Conference For Media Reform, National Organizing Institute and NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota. Robin's first book, Crow After Roe: How Women's Health Is the New "Separate But Equal" and How to Change That with lawyer Jessica Mason Pieklo will be released in Spring, 2013 by IG Publishing.
The Broad Side's newest contributor Suzi Parker is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist and author of “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt” and "1000 Best Bartender's Recipes." She writes frequently for Reuters, TakePart, and numerous other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @SuziParker.
When Diana Prichard was a little girl her mother used to tell her that she should marry a hog farmer when she grew up. She considered it, but then decided to become one instead. She always was best at misbehaving. Today she is the owner/operator of the small farm Olive Hill, a freelance writer whose work has been syndicated by major media outlets such as BlogHer and mentioned in The New York Times, and a speaker whose talks are aimed at helping farmers take back small-scale agricultural as a viable occupation in America. She also authors the personal blog Righteous Bacon.
Leigh Ann Simmons, Ph.D. is a writer, speaker, teacher, and activist who has spent her career working with and on behalf of women. Her professional experience spans 15 years in academic and medical research, therapy and coaching with individuals, couples, families and groups, university-level teaching, and advocating for those in need. Currently an associate professor in the Duke University School of Nursing, Leigh Ann has published and presented nationally and internationally on issues affecting women, including health and well-being, access to health care, reducing health disparities, job flexibility, and social welfare policy. In addition to her work at Duke, Leigh Ann provides individual health coaching to women of all ages and consulting to healthcare providers on working with patients to improve health behaviors. In her spare time, Leigh Ann enjoys eating and playing in her hometown of Durham, NC, yoga, pilates, shopping with her mom, and spending quality time with the men in her life – her husband, son, and chocolate lab. She aspires to be known by a mononym before she retires. Learn more about Leigh Ann at leighannsimmons.com.
Tracee Sioux is a journalist and freelance writer, the passionate creator and entrepreneur of The Girl Revolution and TGR Body, mother, wife, seeker and believer. Tracee is also the author of Love Distortion: Belle, Battered Codependent and Other Love Stories and six children's history books commissioned by Rosen Publishing. Love letters from former editors and current clients can be found on Tracee's Linked in profile. You can also "Like" The Girl Revolution Facebook Page and follow her on Twitter at @traceesioux.
Melissa Tingley is a writer, instructional designer, and ten-year veteran of her local school board. A history and political junkie, she has been a blogger since 2006, chronicling life at her personal blog @ Home in the World, discussing public education and workplace learning at Beyond the Blackboards, and showcasing the stories behind heirloom objects at her new blog Artifactual. Her writing has also appeared at The Women’s Colony and The Soccer Mom Vote. She lives and argues politics in Massachusetts.
Christian Trejbal is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Opinion Journalists and chair of the Open Government Committee. Overcoming graduate degrees in philosophy, he worked as an editorial writer at The (Bend) Bulletin and The Roanoke Times for more than a decade. In 2013, he and his wife moved to Portland, Ore., where he writes freelance, pursues a couple of book projects and provides public policy analysis. Or, as his wife prefers to say, he is a stay-at-home dude. Follow him on Twitter @ctrejbal.
Liza Porteus Viana is a journalist with more than 12 years of experience covering politics. She also covers business, intellectual property and homeland security for a number of media outlets, and is editor of genConnect.com. Like many other moms, she is always trying to find that oh-so-elusive work-life balance as a full-time freelancer with a toddler at home in New Jersey. She previously worked at FOXNews.com as a national and political correspondent, and National Journal as a technology policy writer in Washington, D.C., and her work has appeared in publications such as Worth Magazine, Portfolio, Politics Daily, The Huffington Post and Forward Magazine. Liza tweets at @lizapviana and is on Facebook. She also blogs at lizapviana.com.
David works for a Washington DC-based, global public affairs firm. He spent five years working a legislative assistant and economic policy adviser to a United States Senator. He also managed a pediatrics department at a public hospital in Boston in the mid-90's. He is the author of the blog It's Not a Lecture, and is a contributor to Science Cheerleader, Earth and Industry, and Global Voices Online. He lives in Durham, NC with his wife, son, and dog.
Aliza Worthington grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and now lives in Baltimore. She began writing in 2009 at the age of 40. Sometimes her writing follows The Seinfeld Model of “no learning, no hugging.” Other times it involves lots of both. She blogs about Life, Liberty and Happiness at “The Worthington Post.” Her work also appears in Catonsville Patch, Kveller, and has been featured in the Community Spotlight section of Daily Kos under the username “Horque.” Her writing has also landed in the “Winner’s Circle” on Midlife Collage twice. Follow her on Twitter at @AlizaWrites.
Eileen Youens teaches and advises local governments and government contractors about public contracting, public construction, and conflicts of interest. She also puts her litigation training to good use in negotiating with her two-year-old daughter. Eileen tweets at @eyouens and blogs at youensconsulting.com.