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.org. 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. A graduate of St. Andrews University of Scotland, Jan previously worked on Howard Dean's presidential campaign and at the pioneering online magazine TomPaine.com. He is the co-author of Neighbors from Hell: An American Bedtime Story (Feral House, 2015).
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 Babble.com. 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.
Jenny Pierson is assistant managing editor. After graduating from NYU, she worked in book publishing for several years before joining AlterNet.
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 an associate editor for AlterNet and AlterNet's labor editor. He's the author of Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC.
Sarah Lazare is a staff writer for AlterNet. She comes from a background in independent journalism for publications including The Nation, Tom Dispatch, YES! Magazine, and Al Jazeera America. A former staff writer for Common Dreams, Sarah co-edited the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahlazare.
Elizabeth Preza is an AlterNet staff writer focusing on politics, media and cultural criticism. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.
Denise Yankou is AlterNet's development and communications manager. Previously, she worked at Columbia University and NYU Lutheran.
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.
Janet Allon
 is a managing editor at AlterNet. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Village Voice, New York magazine, Street News and many other publications. She has won awards for her reporting about the plight of the homeless mentally ill, and written or ghostwritten books on teaching girls about their sexuality, and women who start their own small businesses.
Kali Holloway is senior writer and 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, 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).
Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor, focusing on video and documentaries. Previously she worked at Shutterstock and Financial Times, and also has produced original reports for CNN. Follow her at @alexpreditor
Carrie Weisman is an AlterNet staff writer who focuses on sex, relationships and culture.
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.