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Today’s contributors comprise a veritable Who’s Who of investigative journalists, economists, environmental experts, historians, authors and pundits, including Katrina vanden Heuvel, Joseph Stiglitz, Michael Pollan, Melissa Harris-Perry, E.L. Doctorow, Tony Kushner, Christopher Hayes, Eric Foner, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Scahill, Alice Waters, Marilynne Robinson and Sean Penn.

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Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher
Richard Kim, Executive Editor                                                             Roane Carey, Managing Editor
John Palattella, Literary Editor
Kai Wright, Features Editor
Emily Douglas (online), Sarah Leonard, Lizzy Ratner, Senior Editors
Miriam Markowitz, Associate Literary Editor

Washington, DC, Bureau

John Nichols, Correspondent; George Zornick, Editor;                           Zoe Carpenter, Assistant Editor

National Affairs

William Greider, Correspondent

Editor at Large

Christopher Hayes


Eric Alterman, Melissa Harris-Perry, Naomi Klein, Katha Pollitt, Patricia J. Williams, Gary Younge


Architecture, Michael Sorkin; Art, Barry Schwabsky; Defense, Michael T. Klare; Environment, Mark Hertsgaard; Films, Stuart Klawans; Legal Affairs, David Cole; National Security, Jeremy Scahill; Peace and Disarmament, Jonathan Schell; Poetry, Ange Mlinko; Poverty: Greg Kaufmann; Sex: JoAnn Wypijewski; Sports, Dave Zirin; United Nations, Barbara Crossette; Deadline Poet, Calvin Trillin

Contributing Editors and Editorial Board Members
(partial list)

Robert Borosage, Stephen F. Cohen, Marc Cooper, Mike Davis, Bob Dreyfuss,  Susan Faludi, Thomas Ferfuson, Doug Henwood, Max Holland, Michael Moore, Christian Parenti, Robert Pollack, Joel Rogers, Robert Scheer, Edward Sorel, John Wiener, Amy Wilentz, Roger Wilkins


London, Maria Margaronis and D.D. Guttenplan
Southern Africa, Mark Gevisser

Publisher Emeritus

Victor Navasky


Andrew Pedersen
Associate Publisher Sales

Ellen Bollinger
Vice President, Advertising


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