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Laura Flanders

Host & Executive Producer

Laura is a best-selling author and broadcaster. After many years in public and commercial radio, she founded The Laura Flanders Show / GRITtv in 2008 to serve as an online channel for in depth conversations with forward-thinking people from the worlds of politics, economics, business and the arts. A primetime, daily broadcast, GRITtv with Laura Flanders aired for three years on Free Speech TV before moving to KCET/Linktv and teleSUR, as a weekly program. Flanders is a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! magazine. She is also the author of six books including the New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). The Laura Flanders Show aired nationally on Air America Radio (2004-2008) before which she was the founding host of Your Call, on public radio, KALW, and CounterSpin, the nationally-syndicated radio program from the mediawatch group FAIR.

Frank Spring

Chief Financial Officer

Frank is an artist and former filmmaker, who for many years has served in a financial capacity for a wide range of non-profit organizations. He is also an investment counselor and the Financial Director of a small Arts foundation based in NYC, providing grants to deserving artists in many fields.

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Monica Mohapatra

Engagement Director

Immigrant from Bangalore, India living in Brooklyn, NY and undertaking a constant struggle with bureaucracy. Monica is a designer and organizer working primarily on campaigns and issues around prison abolition + surveillance, as well as building community with South Asian diaspora.

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Charlotte Carpenter

Senior Video Producer

Charlotte is a native Texan who moved to New York in 2016 to see where her journalism degree and interest in documentary storytelling would take her. She currently serves as the senior producer/editor for The Laura Flanders Show, apprentices at the documentary arts center, UnionDocs, and lives in a seven person cooperative house in Bed-Stuy.

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Jeannie Hopper

Podcast Producer

Jeannie Hopper pioneers media strategies for community focused platform building. She produced several podcast series, radio shows and streaming stations.  As former program director at WBAI she developed new shows and training programs. Hopper developed and managed Clocktower Radio, a premiere podcast, live stream and on demand platform for PS1-MoMA.  She currently produces the radio/podcast edition of the Laura Flanders Show, and hosts and produces Liquid Sound Lounge-on WBAI-Pacifica in New York City, targeting youth via underground music and culture along with annual ‘social dance’ focused events including annual boat parties.

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Natasha Gaspard

Associate Producer

Natasha Gaspard is an Emmy-award winning television producer who hails from Brooklyn NY.  She is very passionate about using media to amplify stories that are not always given attention in mainstream media.  Outside of the show, Natasha is currently working on a few projects that focus on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship.

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Nat Needham

Associate Producer

Nat shoots, edits and animates manifestations of people and their ideas be they in the High Himalayas, the craziness of Caracas, peculiar to Portland or nuevo in New York. He’s worked with Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, San Francisco Chronicle and enjoys eating Ethiopian food with his wife.

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Joanna Pinto

Communications Associate

Born and raised in New York, Joanna primarily works on revamping and maintaining the show’s social media presence. Outside the show, she works on promoting new podcasts and enjoys exploring the city.

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Dominic Marcella

Executive Assistant

A freelance writer and editor and an avid practitioner of parkour, Dominic spends as much of his time as possible outdoors. He is currently working on a book about the repressive social determinations and restrictions that govern physical movement.

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Rory O’Connor

Interim Supervising Producer

Rory O’Connor is an experienced media executive and award-winning journalist, filmmaker and author. He has produced nationally broadcast news for CBS and PBS and been a key figure in the creation of dozens of documentary films, and his programming has aired on leading networks in more than one hundred countries. O’Connor’s broadcast, film and print work has been recognized with a George Polk Award, a Writer’s Guild Award, a George Orwell Award and two Emmys, among other honors.

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