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    • Sharif Abdel Kouddous
    • Sharif Abdel Kouddous is a fellow at The Nation Institute and an independent journalist based in Cairo. For eight years he served as a senior producer, co-host, and correspondent for Democracy Now! and he remains a frequent contributor to the program. Originally from Cairo, he returned to Egypt in 2011 to cover the Egyptian revolution. Since then he has reported from Egypt, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Gaza, Bahrain, and Algeria. His work has been published in The NationWashington PostLos Angeles TimesForeign Policy, Toronto Star, GlobalPost, theProgressive, and Mada Masr, and he has appeared on numerous national and international TV programs, including MSNBC, CNN, NPR, BBC, France24 and more.

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    • Matthieu Aikins
    • Matthieu Aikins is the Schell Fellow at The Nation Institute. His reporting from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Libya has appeared in magazines like Harper's, Rolling Stone, the AtlanticGQ, and Wired. His investigative work exposing war crimes in Afghanistan won him the George Polk Award and the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism. He has been a National Magazine Award finalist, and his work has appeared in the anthology The Best American Magazine Writing 2012. He currently splits his time between Afghanistan and Pakistan and is writing a book on the Pakistani megacity of Karachi.

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    • Cecilia Ballí
    • Cecilia Ballí is a fellow at The Nation Institute, an independent journalist, and a cultural anthropologist. Her essays and reporting along the US-Mexico border have appeared in Texas Monthly, where she is a writer-at-large, and in Harper’s Magazine, as well as in various anthologies, including Best American Crime Writing. She has been a finalist for the Livingston Awards, the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, and the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. A member of the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism, she has held writing residencies at the Lanesboro Arts Center, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation, and was the 2014-2015 Jesse H. Jones Dobie Paisano Fellow with the Texas Institute of Letters. She taught anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, and now lives in Houston.

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    • Ari Berman
    • Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and a fellow at The Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Editor & Publisher, and the Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC, C-Span, and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in October 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His new book about the history of voting rights since 1965, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, will be published in August 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

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    • Eli Clifton
    • Eli Clifton is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute who focuses on money in politics and US foreign policy. He previously reported for the American Independent New Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service. Clifton is coauthor of the Center for American Progress's report "Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network In America." His work has appeared on PBS/Frontline's Tehran bureau, the South China Morning Post, Right Web, LobeLog, Salon, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Slate, Gawker, and ForeignPolicy.com. Eli holds a bachelor's degree from Bates College and a master's degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics.

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    • Joe Conason
    • Joe Conason is a fellow at The Nation Institute and The Investigative Fund's editor-at-large. For 18 years he wrote a weekly political column for the New York Observer, where he formerly served as executive editor, and for 12 years he wrote a weekly column for Salon. He is now editor-in-chief of the National Memo, a daily political newsletter and website. He previously served as investigative editor of the American Prospect, editor-at-large for Condé Nast’s Details, and as a staff writer for the Village Voice. He is the author of several books, including Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth and, with Gene Lyons, The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, and, most recently, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton. His writing has appeared in Harpers, Esquire, The Nation, the New Republic, the Guardian, and the New Yorker, among scores of other periodicals.

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    • Melissa del Bosque
    • Melissa del Bosque is a staff reporter with the Texas Observer in Austin and is a Lannan reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. She has covered the US-Mexico border since 1998 for various national and international media outlets, including the Guardian, and the Mexico City-based Nexos magazine. Her work has also been featured on outlets such as Democracy Now!, PBS, Al Jazeera, BBC, and NPR. She has reported on topics including border militarization, the plight of unaccompanied migrant children deported to Mexico, and Mexican asylum seekers in the United States. 

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    • Adam Federman
    • Adam Federman is a reporting fellow with the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute covering energy and the environment. A former contributing editor of Earth Island Journal he has written extensively on the relationship between the oil and gas industry and the intelligence community. His work has appeared in The NationThe GuardianSalonColumbia Journalism Review, and other publications. His biography of British food writer Patience Gray will be published in June by Chelsea Green.

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    • John Carlos Frey
    • John Carlos Frey is a two-time Emmy Award–winning Investigative Fund fellow at The Nation Institute and a national correspondent for PBS's NewsHour. His work reveals a seldom seen world of marginalized communities through his vast reporting along the US-Mexico border and Latino community. His first-hand approach to reporting has gained him national and international notoriety.

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    • Anand Gopal
    • Anand Gopal is a fellow at The Nation Institute and covers the Middle East. His reporting on Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan has appeared in the AtlanticHarper’s, and elsewhere. He is the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes.

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    • Sylvia A. Harvey
    • Sylvia A. Harvey (SAH) is an independent journalist and a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. She reports on the intersection of race, gender, class, and criminal justice.

      Her work has appeared in The Nation, the Feminist Wire, Huffington Post, Narratively, the New York Post, AOL’s Bedford-Stuyvesant Patch, where she served as the gentrification columnist, and more. Her commentary on race and the criminal justice system has been featured on WNYC, NPR, WBAI, HuffPost Live, and beyond.

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    • Joshua Holland
    • Joshua Holland is a fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributor to The Nation who focuses on the intersection of money in politics and inequality. He is also the host of Politics and Reality Radio. Before joining The Investigative Fund, he wrote for Moyers & Company and was a senior writer and editor at Alternet. He also authored The Fifteen Biggest Lies About the Economy (and Everything Else the Right Doesn't Want You to Know About Taxes, Jobs and Corporate America)(Wiley, 2010). 

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    • Sarah Jaffe
    • Sarah Jaffe is a Nation Institute fellow and an independent journalist covering labor, economic justice, social movements, politics, gender, and pop culture. She is the author of Necessary Trouble: America's New Radicals (Nation Books 2016). Her work has appeared in The Nation, Salon, the Week, the American Prospect, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and many other publications. She is the co-host, with Michelle Chen, of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast, as well as an editorial board member at Dissent and a columnist at New Labor Forum.

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    • Naomi Klein
    • Naomi Klein is a Puffin Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. She is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000).

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