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 2.7 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.

Jan 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

Tara Lohan is a senior editor at AlterNet and heads up the Environment, Food, and Water special coverage sections. She is the editor of Water Consciousness: HowWeAll Have to Change to Protect Our Most Critical Resource from AlterNet Books. She has worked as a writer, editor and organizer on environmental and social justice issues for ten years. She has a master’s in Literary Nonfiction from the University of Oregon and bachelor's in English and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College.

Tana-finalTana Ganeva is deputy managing editor and writes and blogs at She's also in charge of AlterNet's Reproductive Justice and Gender and Sex and Relationships special coverage areas. She has an MA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona and a BA in History from Reed College.

Kristen Gwynne is a New York-based drug policy reporter and editor at AlterNet. Her work has also appeared in Salon, the Nation, andRolling Stone. Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne 

Roxanne CooperRoxanne Cooper is the associate publisher at AlterNet, where she oversees the organization's business-side operations. She has 25 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. You can follow her on Twitter @AlterRox
Lynn ParramoreLynn Parramore is a contributing editor at Alternet, co-founder of Recessionwire, and founding editor of New Deal 2.0. She is the author of Reading the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture and has taught cultural theory at NYU.
Elizabeth HinesElizabeth 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 original work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Women’s eNews, AOL’s BlackVoices, Black Enterprise Magazine, and Hines is the co-author of the bestselling biography,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 B.A. from Yale University and did her graduate work in Harvard University’s Department of English and American Language and Literature.

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, AlterNet, and many newspapers. He has written and co-authored three books on voting rights since 2004, including Count My Vote (AlterNet Books, 2008).