Meet the AlterNet Staff

Don Hazen

Don Hazen is the executive director of the Independent Media Institute and executive editor of the two-time Webby award-winning news site, AlterNet.org. 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; and The 99%: How Occupy Wall Street Movement Is Changing America. 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

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 at TomPaine.com.

Tana Ganeva

Tana Ganeva is senior editor at AlterNet. Her work has appeared on Salon, Truthout, RH Reality Check and in the Nation. She has an MA in media arts from the University of Arizona and a BA in history from Reed College.

Alyssa Figueroa

Alyssa Figueroa is an associate editor at AlterNet, where she manages the Activism and Book sections. Her work has also appeared on Truthout, the Nation and Salon.com. In her spare time, she volunteers at the social justice organization Causa Justa and participates in other forms of community organizing in Oakland, CA. She was born and raised in New Jersey and has degrees in journalism and politics from Ithaca College.

Jodie Gummow

Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet who covers civil liberties, global affairs, gender inequality, female empowerment, personal health and relationships. Jodie obtained her journalism degree in Australia and is a qualified attorney with a masters degree in public international law. Her work has also appeared on Salon, Truthout and Jezebel.

April Short

April Short is an Oakland-based associate editor at AlterNet. She writes regular stories for AlterNet, and heads up special coverage of drug policy and health. Her work has also appeared in Salon, Truthout, In These Times and various Bay Area publications. She received her BA in literature and history at UC Santa Cruz. Follow her on Twitter: @AprilMShort.

Roxanne Cooper

Roxanne 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. Follow her on Twitter @AlterRox.

Elizabeth Hines

Elizabeth Hines is AlterNet’s education editor. She was formerly the director of communications for the White House Project. Her work has appeared on the Huffington Post, Women’s eNews, AOL’s BlackVoices, Black Enterprise Magazine, and Babble.com. She is the co-author of the 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 BA from Yale University and did her graduate work in Harvard University’s Department of English and American Language and Literature.

Steven Rosenfeld

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

Cliff Weathers

Cliff Weathers is AlterNet's senior editor and covers environmental and consumer issues. He's a former deputy editor at Consumer Reports and blogger at Left of the Hudson and NYaltnews, two erstwhile New York-based blogs. His work has also appeared in Car and Driver, Playboy, Salon, and Detroit Monthly.

Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is AlterNet's associate managing editor. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Reader, Inc., Daily Serving and the Nation.