Collier Meyerson is a fellow at the Nation Institute, where she focuses on reporting about race and politics, and an investigative fellow at Reveal. She received an Emmy for her work on the MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes and won the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2016 award for commentary. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Glamour Magazine, and MSNBC among others. Collier lives in Brooklyn.

David Dayen is the author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Streets Great Foreclosure Fraud, winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize. He contributes to The Nation, The Intercept, The American Prospect, Vice, and more.

Patrick Lawrence is a longtime columnist, essayist, critic, and lecturer. He was a correspondent abroad (writing as Patrick L. Smith) for many years, chiefly for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune and The New Yorker, and chiefly in Asia. His most recent books are Somebody Else’s Century: East and West in a Post-Western World (Pantheon) and Time No Longer: America After the American Century (Yale). His next book is tentatively titled After Exceptionalism. His website is

David Hajdu is the music critic of The Nation. Hajdu is a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has written on the arts for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. As an editor and magazine writer, Hajdu has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award several times, and his articles and essays have been selected for a number of anthologies, including Best Music Writing, Best American Magazine Writing, The New York Times Arts & Culture Reader, and Best American Comics Writing.

Hajdu is the award-winning author of four books: Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn; Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña; The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America; and Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture. He is a three-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and two-time winner of the ASCAP Deems-Taylor Award. Hajdu is presently at work on a history of popular music, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Joan Walsh is The Nation’s National Affairs Correspondent and an MSNBC political analyst. She is the author of What’s the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America, which the Philadelphia Daily News called “one of the best books of 2012 – and even more relevant now.” Hardball host Chris Matthews called it “Engaging, thoughtful, provocative, utterly persuasive.”

Salon’s very first news editor, Walsh served as editor in chief for six years. She is a regular on Hardball and All In with Chris Hayes and has appeared on many other national shows including Real Time with Bill Maher and Now on PBS.

Before joining Salon, she worked as a consultant on education and poverty issues for community groups and foundations, including the Rockefeller Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation. She’s written for publications ranging from Vogue to The Nation, and for newspapers including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. An avid baseball fan, she’s the co-author of Splash Hit: The Pacific Bell Park Story, about the building of the San Francisco Giants legendary waterfront stadium. Walsh lives in New York.

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is co-author, with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, of The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Fear and Division and the 2015-2016 recipient of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. He is filing regular dispatches from the southern movement for racial justice for The Nation.

Rev. Barber is the architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, president of the North Carolina NAACP and pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro. He is also president of Repairers of the Breach. He is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.

Dani McClain is a contributing writer for The Nation. She is a fellow at The Nation Institute and has written for Talking Points Memo, Al Jazeera America, Colorlines, and Guernica, among other media outlets. McClain reported on education while on staff at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has also worked as a strategist and communications staffer with organizations including and the Drug Policy Alliance. Follow her on Twitter at @drmcclain.

An independent journalist and climate activist, Wen Stephenson is the author of What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice. A former editor at The Atlantic, where he co-created and edited, and at The Boston Globe, where he edited the Sunday “Ideas” section, he has also been the managing editor of PBS’s and the senior producer of NPR’s On Point. He has written about climate, culture, and politics for The Boston Phoenix, Grist, Slate, The New York Times, The Nation, and the Globe. In 2012, he helped launch the grassroots climate-action network 350 Massachusetts.