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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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Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.


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 a newswriter for TPM in New York City. 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.


Cristina Cabrera is the social media editor at TPM based in New York. Previously, she worked for Vocativ and interned at USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. Follow her on Twitter @crismcabrera


Summer Concepcion is the front page editor of Talking Points Memo based in New York City. Previously, she covered the 2016 presidential election for Fusion and worked as a researcher at The Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute. She's an LA native and former Chicago transplant. Reach her at


Cameron Joseph is Talking Points Memo's senior political correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He covers Capitol Hill, the White House and the permanent campaign. Previous publications include the New York Daily News, Mashable, The Hill and National Journal. He grew up near Chicago and is an irrationally passionate Cubs fan.


Zachary Roth is a former national reporter for MSNBC and the author of The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy (Crown, 2016). He has written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate, Politico, and The Daily Beast, among others, and is the founder of The Daily Democracy.


John is TPM‘s Prime editor. His writing has also appeared at The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, UN Dispatch, Vox, Worth, and Al Jazeera, and has been broadcast on Public Radio International. Before joining TPM, John was a producer for Bill Moyers and WNYC, and worked as a news writer for Grist. He grew up in New Jersey, studied history and film at Oberlin College, and got his master‘s degree in journalism from Columbia University.