Meet the AlterNet Staff


Don HazenDon Hazen is the executive director of the Independent Media Institute and executive editor of the two-time Webby award-winning news site, AlterNet has been a top content provider in the progressive and independent media world since 1997, with consistently increasing audiences currently averaging 7 million unique visitors per month. The former publisher of Mother Jones magazine, Hazen has edited and co-edited several books, including; Dangerous Brew: Exposing the Tea Party's Agenda to Take Over America, Start Making Sense: Turning the Lessons of Election 2004 into Winning Progressive Politics, The 99%: How Occupy Wall Street Movement is Changing America, and others. Don conceived of and organized the two Media & Democracy Congresses in San Francisco and New York City, and has managed political campaigns in New York City for Ruth Messinger and David Dinkins. He holds an MA in counseling from the University of Massachusetts and a BA in politics from Princeton University.
Tara-finalJan Frel is editor-at-large and associate publisher. He's been involved with AlterNet since 2004, previously as political editor, staff writer and managing editor. A graduate of St. Andrews University of Scotland, Jan worked on Howard Dean's presidential campaign and at
Tana-finalTana Ganeva is a senior editor and writes and blogs at AlterNet. She has an MA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona and a BA in History from Reed College.
Elizabeth Hines is AlterNet’s education editor. A parent, activist and journalist, Hines was formerly the director of communications for the White House Project, a nonpartisan organization that aims to advance women’s political leadership nationwide. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Women’s eNews, AOL’s BlackVoices, Black Enterprise Magazine, and Hines is the co-author of Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire, winner of a 2004 Non-Fiction Book Honor from the American Library Association. She earned her BA from Yale University and did her graduate work in Harvard University’s Department of English and American Language and Literature.
Terrell Jermaine Starr
is  senior editor at AlterNet. He has worked in public radio, social media, magazines, photography and online reporting. He has a BA in English from Philander Smith College, and an MS in editorial journalism and MA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Fulbright journalism scholar (Ukraine 2009-'10) and a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Georgia 2003-'05).
Adam Johnson
is a contributing writer for AlterNet. Follow him on Twitter at @adamjohnsonnyc.
Phillip Smith
has a long-standing interest in domestic and international drug policy. He has been the author of the Drug War Chronicle since 2000, and is currently the editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter.
Reynard Loki 
is AlterNet's environment editor. His writing has appeared on Justmeans, GreenBiz, SocialEarth, IndiaCSR and Thomson Reuters Sustainability. He is a contributing author of the ecological reference encyclopedia Biomes & Ecosystems (Salem Press). He received a BA in English from New York University. Follow him on Twitter @13point7billion.
Michael Arria
is a freelance journalist living in NYC. He's the author of Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC.
Roxanne CooperRoxanne Cooper is the associate publisher at AlterNet, where she oversees the organization's business-side operations. She has 20-plus years experience in media management, marketing and advertising sales and has held positions with the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, LA Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian and Stars and Stripes. Follow her on Twitter @AlterRox.
Sarah Burris comes to AlterNet as the former digital editor for BNR. She has previously had reports in Wiretap Magazine, the Nation, Mother Jones, RH Reality Check, and She is an avid photographer (on Instagram and off) and adventurer. Follow her on Twitter: @SarahBurris.
Janet Allon
is a seasoned journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Village Voice, New York magazine, Street News and many other publications. Early in her career, she won awards for her reporting about the plight of the homeless mentally ill. She has written or ghostwritten books on teaching girls about their sexuality, and women who start their own small businesses. At AlterNet, she writes about sex, comedy and ridiculous right-wingers. She studied 20th-century American literature at Wesleyan University, and holds a Masters from Columbia University Journalism School. She has three kids.
Kali Holloway is associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Salon, xoJane and Time, and she's written about music for DFA Records, Google Music, Rhapsody and more. She also worked on the award-winning PBS documentaries Brooklyn Castle, The New Public and The New Black. She sings for the NYC band Easy Lover.
Max BlumenthalMax Blumenthal is AlterNet's senior writer. He is an award-winning reporter and the author of two books, most recently Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.
Steven RosenfeldSteven Rosenfeld is a senior fellow covering democracy issues. He is a longtime print and broadcast journalist and has reported for National Public Radio, Monitor Radio, Marketplace, and many newspapers. He has written and co-authored three books on voting rights since 2004, including Count My Vote (AlterNet Books, 2008).
Zaid Jilani is a former blogger and organizer for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and a former senior reporter-blogger for ThinkProgress. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Carrie Weisman is an AlterNet staff writer who focuses on sex, relationships and culture.