MintPress News is an independent, non-partisan journalism startup providing issue-based reporting, in-depth investigations and thoughtful analysis of the most pressing topics facing our nation.
We offer coverage of national politics and policy, civil liberties, the war on drugs, foreign affairs, energy and the environment through the lens of social justice and human rights.
A fresh approach in a headline-driven industry, our reporting is an innovative form of journalism that goes beyond answering “who, what, when, where and why” of certain topics.
We’re a team of editors, writers, reporters, national and international correspondents and contributors based across the nation and world. Our masthead includes veteran journalists, war correspondents, grassroots leaders, political analysts, world renowned authors and academics.
We believe that news media has a social obligation in keeping people informed on subjects that directly and indirectly influence people now and in the future, while rigorously discussing policies to drive us in a better direction as a true democracy.
The journey to start MintPress began in late 2011; we officially went live February 2013. Our administrative office is located in Minneapolis, MN, however, our journalists and several of our editors are based across the nation in California, New York, Washington DC, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, and other states, and in several countries across Europe, Africa & the Middle East.
An advisory board will be posted here soon.
Meet our team of talented and nationally recognized journalists below:
Editorial & Production Team
Mnar Muhawesh is the executive director and editor in chief of MintPress News, and is also a regular speaker on responsible journalism, sexism, and media start-ups. She started her career as an independent multimedia journalist covering Midwest and national politics while focusing on civil liberties and social justice issues. Muhawesh soon became nationally recognized by her blog MintPress which featured her reporting and exclusive interviews. In late 2011, she began her journey to turn her blog into a national news site, MintPress News, specializing in investigative and long form journalism through the lens of social justice and human rights- setting an example of what the responsibility of news media is: To Inform.
Muhawesh is also a wife and mother of a rascal four year old boy, juggling her duties as a CEO and motherly tasks successfully as supermom. Contact Mnar at email@example.com .
Jo Erickson is an assistant editor, investigative journalist and producer for MintPress, specializing in foreign affairs, national policy and politics. She worked as the BBC’s News and Current Affairs Producer for nearly two decades, where she broke the news of the 2011 London riots and covered African affairs and human rights. She was also a correspondent for the BBC based in war torn African nations including the Congo. She has been published in The Guardian, The Daily Mirror and various British publications. She has also worked as an undercover journalist and filmed documentaries for the BBC exposing crime and terrorism.
Contact Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Les is an assistant editor and reporter for MintPress . He has covered events — as both a print correspondent and photojournalist — relating to conflict and post-conflict environments, humanitarian issues, defense, diplomacy natural disasters and more in Somalia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Chad, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, etc. He has worked for the Associated Press, the Stars and Stripes newspaper, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, the European Press-photo Agency, CNN International, Jane’s Defence Weekly, NPR and NPR Web, Al Jazeera English, Vice News, Global Radio News.
His work has also appeared in many of the world’s leading newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, TIME.com, The Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, USA Today, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Le Monde, L’Express, Stern, etc. Les’ photo work has also been used by a wide range of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
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Matthew is an assistant editor and investigative journalist for MintPress . His investigative work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orange Coast and California Lawyer. He has won awards from the Western Publishers Association, Folio Magazine, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the author of “A Death in Santa Barbara” and editor of On Point, a legal news website.
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Muhammad Muhawesh is an editor for MintPress News. His bio and photo will be up soon.
Sacks is a copy editor and writer for MintPress. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who served on two Persian Gulf deployments. He worked as a reporter for the Tokyo Newspaper’s Washington DC bureau, covering U.S. politics and international affairs, and spent three years in Beijing as an editor for the Xinhua News Agency. He is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.
Carol Harper is a MintPress copy editor and graphic designer, with a background in writing, editing and graphic design. She has been editor-in-chief of NPR affiliate WYPR’s monthly news bulletin and art director for the American Academy of Pain Management’s quarterly magazine, The Pain Practitioner. She is managing editor and digital marketing director at PainPathways Magazine. She holds a master’s degree in writing and publications design.
Correspondents & Investigative Reporters
Rebecca S. Myles is a multi-media New York correspondent, and MintPress investigative journalist.
She also files stories for BBC World News, Radio France International, Free Speech Radio News, and WBAI Pacifica Radio. She is a commentator on RFI’s Paris Live, covers breaking news stories, and hosts from live events. Myles did a six-part investigative reporting audio series on the prospect of permitting hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York State. A new series will examine the history and development of genetic engineering, and the use of genetic modified organisms in the food supply.
Follow her on Twitter - twitter.com/Rebecca_S_Myles or email her at email@example.com .
Mary Pappenfuss is a California correspondent and investigative journalist for MintPress . Pappenfuss is a veteran journalist who has worked in New York, Paris, Ljubljana and (currently) San Francisco, covering an eclectic mix of stories from Nazi art theft and runway shows in France, to serial killers in New York and California, human rights violations in Serbia, and conflicts of interest in American medical research. She has written for Salon, the Huffington Post and People magazine, and has worked as an editor at the New York Daily News, Associated Press in San Francisco, Newser and Link TV. She recently published a book on fatal family violence: Killer Dads: The Twisted Drives that Compel Fathers to Murder Their Own Kids.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Carey L. Biron is Washington correspondent for MintPress and as well as for Inter Press News focusing on issues of equity and accountability, environmental and corporate regulation, and international development and governance. Carey spent much of the past decade and a half covering South and Southeast Asia as a radio and print reporter and editor.
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Magda Fahsi is a Europe correspondent and investigative reporter for MintPress based in Brussels, Belgium, specializing in human rights and the European Union. She is a long-term freelance journalist and lectures about intercultural management at the Vatel International Business School. Fahsi holds a postgraduate degree in Human Rights and a Ph.D. in International Relations & Diplomacy. She has been published on a variety of topics including European Union affairs, the Arab world, human rights, migration and diversity issues.
Frederick Reese is a MintPress staff writer. A long-time journalist and creative writer for over a decade, Frederick started his journalistic career writing for his university’s newspaper, “The Colgate Maroon-News,” before starting and heading his own magazine, “The Idealist.” Since then, Frederick has written about and worked for social advocacy projects and personal awareness efforts. Frederick is a jack-of-all-trades, with work experience as a teacher, a chef and a story writer, and publication credits with Yahoo!, B. Couleur, and other publications. A native New Yorker, Frederick graduated from Colgate University in 1999 and Johnson & Wales University in 2003.
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Trisha Marczak is staff writer and reporter at MintPress specializing in the environment, immigration, human rights and the oil industry. She has worked in Australia with several NGOs, and has worked as a staff writer and an award winning editor for various newspapers and magazines in the Midwest since returning from Australia. She is also an award-winning public radio reporter for spot news coverage.
Contact Trisha at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @TrishaMarczakMP
Katie Rucke is a MintPress editorial assistant and staff writer specializing in health, criminal justice, education and watchdog investigations as well as whistle-blowers. Her investigations related to the coverage of the 2010 Toyota recall scandal, and coverage of the trials of Anonymous hacker and proclaimed activist Jeremy Hammond as well as Bradley Manning received international acclaim. Rucke has been recommended by the Wikileaks organization as a trusted journalist in 2013. Rucke has also written pieces for Yahoo! and various community magazines.
Contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @katierucke.
Insights Political Analysts
Norbert Schiller is a MintPress photojournalist, creative producer and frequent contributor. Norbert has lived and worked in the Middle East and Africa as a news photographer for over 25 years with major news organizations including the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, United Press International, the New York Times and Der Spiegel. He covered three Iraq wars, conflicts and famine in the Horn of Africa, Salafist insurgencies in Egypt and North Afric,a and the Arab-Israeli conflict, to name a few.
Edward Rhymes is a MintPress columnist and author of “When Racism Is Law & Prejudice Is Policy: Prejudicial and Discriminatory Laws, Decisions and Policies in U.S. History.” Rhymes is an authority in the areas of critical race theory and black studies. His work is also featured in several books including, “Mirror on America: Essays & Images from Popular Culture 4th Edition” (Bedford /St. Martins) and, “Should Music Lyrics Be Censored for Violence and Exploitation?” (Greenhaven Press).
Jeffrey Cavanaugh is a MintPress columnist and political analyst. He is a political science and public administration lecturer at Mississippi State University. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations, specializing in International Security and Conflict. Cavanaugh also writes about farm politics and policy, where his work has appeared in agriculture news publications in Illinois.
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Carissa Wyant is a MintPress columnist and special reporter specializing in faith, race and social justice issues. She has written extensively for the Huffington Post, Patch.com, American City Business Journals and various local publications around the American Midwest. She has also worked as a broadcast journalist appearing on ABC and Fox News affiliates. Wyant is a winner of the Overseas Press Club of America Fellowship, and currently teaches theology & justice and peace studies at Hamline University.
Contact Carissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Carissa on Twitter at @CarissaWyant.
Katie Lentsch is a MintPress editorial and production assistant. Lentsch began her journalism career as a freelancer for local news organizations in Minneapolis, MN including Twin Cities Daily Planet. Her desire to expose awareness of national and global issues began while backpacking through western Europe where she gained international perspectives on politics and culture, as well as from her experiences residing in an abandoned school in volunteering for Hurricane Katrina relief in New Orleans. Her reports include coverage on the social and legislative debates between Second Amendment rights and gun control, and has profiled various stories of people facing struggles such as homelessness, addiction and violations of their human rights.
Follow Katie on Twitter at @KtLentsch
Anders Nienstaedt is an assistant web producer, producer, illustrator and graphic designer for MintPress.