Since leaving the White House, Favreau has spoken about politics and speechwriting to audiences throughout the world, written for publications like The Daily Beast and The Ringer, nailed the outcome of the 2016 election, and built a media empire with three of his Obama friends in the ideologically diverse bellwether of Los Angeles, California. Jon grew up outside of Boston and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross.
Jon has written truly excellent speeches, really great, on a range of policy issues. He helped write the president’s annual remarks to the White House Correspondents Dinner. Many people say Jon is one of the funniest guys to do this. The jokes are just terrific. In the years since he’s become a really big league writer in Hollywood. He had a hit sitcom on NBC called “1600 Penn” which was cancelled by some crooked, disgusting people. Totally rigged deal. Also Jon has a great brain. He went to Williams, OK? One of the top guys.
He traveled the world with President Obama as his National Security Spokesman (check out Pod Save the World to learn all about it) and across Iowa with then-Senator Obama as his Iowa caucuses press guy. Medium-bodied with notes of lavender, black pepper, and used boat shoe, this Boston-born bullshit artist should peak in 2018.
In addition to podcasting, he is a CNN Contributor. Dan was born in Delaware and has been banned from traveling to Russia by Donald Trump’s friend Vladimir Putin.
She also hosts “With Friends Like These,” a podcast from Crooked Media. She was the senior political correspondent for MTV News from 2016 until they pivoted to video.
DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero and OurStates.org, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity. Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, DeRay has become a key voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that have led to the mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations. DeRay was named as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and as one of the 30 Most Influential People On The Internet by Time Magazine in 2016.
Nylon named him to its 2016 list of the “The 25 Best Things We Read Online In 2016”. Ira has recently appeared as a commentator in the documentaries The Culture of Proximity and Celebrity Feuds. In 2017, Ira was #16 on The Advocate’s list of 50 Most Influential LGBTQs In Media.
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Jason – who POLITICO called “the hottest star in Democratic politics” this summer – was the first millennial in the country to be elected to statewide office. He started Let America Vote in February 2017 to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot. In 2016, Jason ran for U.S. Senate in Missouri in one of the most competitive races in the country, and at over $75 million, the most expensive race in state history. Jason’s campaign was bolstered by his viral gun control ad that showed him assembling a rifle blindfolded while making the case for expanded background checks. Jason lost by one of the closest margins in the country, over performing the presidential ticket by nearly 16 points.
Missourians elected Jason as Secretary of State in 2012, when he over performed the presidential ticket by nearly 10 points on his way to becoming the youngest statewide elected official in the country. Before that, Jason volunteered to serve as a military intelligence officer in Afghanistan. After his deployment, Jason came home to Missouri, becoming a leadership instructor in the Missouri Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School.
Jason is a graduate of American University and Georgetown Law School. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Diana, an entrepreneur, and their four-year-old son, True.
She roots for every team in Cleveland’s factory of sports sadness. Slow walker. 32/f/los angeles.
She wishes she didn’t have to use the term “vertical” but that’s just what it was called. Sarah went to Harvard where she was on the Harvard Lampoon, which is why this bio is so funny.
She hates how trying to keep up with the news can feel overwhelming and hopes that the newsletter will help people not feel that way. She switched coasts after stints at TIME and Real Simple, and remains the only Crooked employee to get a job via Twitter DM (thanks, Lovett). She likes feature stories, Kanye West, and pie.
He was a senior congressional reporter for the news site TPM for five years, where he covered all the major reforms of the Obama era, and the conservative backlash that ultimately gave rise to Donald Trump. He was a columnist for Salon, and comes to Crooked Media from The New Republic, where he was senior editor, wrote a daily column and hosted the podcast Primary Concerns. Brian studied physics and astronomy at U.C. Berkeley, where he graduated without particular distinction in 2004.
After a breathtaking series of content home-runs at Fox Sports, Cone joined the world of political podcasting. “Touchdown.” Growing up in North Carolina, Elijah pivoted to video before he could walk. He graduated from Wesleyan University and continues to credit himself for other alums’ achievements to this day. Enjoy the #content everyone! Like and subscribe.
Her desire to become an amalgam of West Wing characters and help progress the liberal agenda brought her to Crooked in late 2017 and she couldn’t be more elated. A proud Northwestern grad (Go ‘Cats), Kari is the fastest talker at Crooked Media and is tied for 1st as best punster in her family. She lives for (Excel) models and (Nalgene) bottles.
She now works in podcasting. Some might call this “peaking early”, but she’s not into labels. When she isn’t producing and developing dope Crooked pods, she’s volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and obsessing over the Academy Awards. She also reps Howard University all day, everyday (HU, you know!).
She’s excited to work in the podcasting world and loves hearing people’s stories. She came to Crooked after a fellowship at Univision and Fusion and is a graduate of Columbia University.
Formerly a tattoo artist, Mellani wants to be Shuri when she grows up. If you don’t know who that is, have several seats. Wakanda Forever.
He was the head writer and co-executive producer of Adam Ruins Everything and he’s written for Billy On The Street, Funny or Die, Ellen, and he’s just okay at basketball.
He brought his news and audio chops to Los Angeles all the way from his hometown of Washington, D.C., as well as his passion for the Baltimore Orioles and good snacks. Hufflepuff.
How could 150 words capture her desire to seek beauty in unexpected places or convey her sense of wonder? Should she mention that her favorite feeling is being in a new place for the first time or that she likes to listen to the sound of spaces? That she loves to cook for friends and spend time in nature and write in her journal? Or should she stick to her qualifications: that she worked on the Rookie podcast, a variety of shows at MTV News, and in public radio at Marketplace, the economics show? What’s even happening anymore? Does this count as a bio?
He is a grassroots organizer and grasstops pooper who greets every visitor to Crooked Media with two paws and a full heart. Leo is fighting for better toys, more string cheese, longer walks, and a political revolution that will deliver social and economic justice for all. He believes in the power of one voice to change a room, like when his half-sister Pundit barks during Game of Thrones.
Currently, Pundit is licking her privates and hoping that General Kelly will finally get Trump to pivot.