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 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, he 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.
Jan 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 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, she 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 She is the co-author of Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire. 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 and assistant publisher. After graduating from NYU, she worked in book publishing for several years before joining AlterNet.
Reynard Loki  is AlterNet's environment and food editor. His writing has been published by Thomson Reuters, Salon,, Truthout, EcoWatch, Organic Consumers Association, Resilience, Sustainable Cities Collective, Progressive Radio Network, Popular Resistance, Raw Story, Justmeans, GreenBiz, SocialEarth and IndiaCSR. 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 @reynardloki.
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 the editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter.
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.
Kali Holloway is a 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 has 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 a senior writer at AlterNet. 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. A longtime print and broadcast journalist, he has reported for National Public Radio, Monitor Radio, Marketplace, and He has written and co-authored three books on voting rights, most recently Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting (AlterNet Books, 2008).
 Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor, focusing on video and documentaries. Previously she worked at Shutterstock and Financial Times and has produced original reports for CNN. Follow her at @alexpreditor.
Jefferson Morley has been a reporter and editor in Washington since 1980. He spent 15 years as an editor and reporter at the Washington Post. Most recently, he was a staff writer at Arms Control Today and Washington editor of Salon. He is the editor and co-founder of JFK Facts, a blog about the assassination of JFK. His latest book is The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster, James Jesus Angleton (October 2017).