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Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at


Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.


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Originally from Los Angeles, Christine recently graduated from Lehigh University with a BA in Design with an emphasis in Graphics. She has experience in graphic design, web design, and rebranding from her time as a student designer for on campus organizations and during her position as the graphic designer for the Lehigh University Office of Sustainability.


Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.


Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.


Kristin is the Front Page Editor based in New York City. She is a graduate of Ohio University and her byline has been featured in Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. Follow her on Twitter @kristinsalaky.


John B. Judis is Editor-At-Large at Talking Points Memo. He was a senior editor of The New Republic and senior writer for The National Journal. He is the author most recently of The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics (Columbia Global Reports, 2016). He has written six other books, including Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origin of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014), The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson (Scribner, 2004), The Emerging Democratic Majority with Ruy Teixeira (Scribner, 2002), and The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and Betrayal of Public Trust (Pantheon, 2000). He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, and The Washington Post. Born in Chicago, he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Silver Spring, MD.


Esme Cribb is social media editor for TPM in New York City. She graduated from City College, where she was editor-in-chief of The Campus, and has previously interned and written for MSF and Contently. She can be found on Twitter @emquiry and reached by email at


Will Johnson is the senior vice president for advertising at Talking Points Memo. prior to joining TPM Media Will was the vice president of sales at NGP VAN, the leading technology provider to Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations, where he led the sales team in an expansion of their digital footprint among top tier political campaigns. Before joining NGP VAN, Will served as a senior director at Bully Pulpit Interactive where he helped lead new business and strategic initiatives for the firm’s non-profit and political clients. Before BPI, Will was a director of partnerships and business development at, where he secured more than $15 million in client revenue that was instrumental in helping the firm receive a multi-million dollar venture capital investment. Throughout his career, Will has relied on a broad background in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to help clients engage in the digital space. Before joining, Will served as the associate director of development and director of alumni relations for The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. Will’s experience also includes work in government and electoral politics, having served with the Maryland Democratic Party, The Office of Economic Development and Planning for the City of Boston under Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Office of U.S. Senator John Kerry and the John Kerry for President campaign. Will is an honors graduate of both Amherst College and The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University. Follow @WillJohnson03 on Twitter. Connect with Will on LinkedIn.


Annie Rees is an editorial fellow for Talking Points Memo and is currently finishing her MA in Journalism at the University of Missouri


Jackie is a publishing associate based in New York. Prior to joining TPM, she graduated Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelors in literature and creative writing, and contributed to the travel website SunCityParadise. Find her on twitter @xjaywillie.


Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously assistant editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at and on Twitter @mattshuham.


Alice Ollstein is a reporter at Talking Points Memo, covering national politics. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been reporting in DC ever since, covering the Supreme Court, Congress and national elections for TV, radio, print, and online outlets. Her work has aired on Free Speech Radio News, All Things Considered, Channel News Asia, and Telesur, and her writing has been published by The Atlantic, La Opinión, and The Hill Rag. She was elected in 2016 as an at-large board member of the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Alice grew up in Santa Monica, California and began working for local newspapers in her early teens.