Matt Mackowiak is an Austin and Washington, DC-based political and communications consultant and President of Potomac Strategy Group. He has served in senior roles for two U.S. Senators and a Governor, in the Bush administration. Matt appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, CBC-TV, and the BBC. From 2007-2009 Matt served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), the fourth highest ranking member of the Republican Leadership, and from 2005-2007 he served in the same role for three-term former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT).
*Previous Appearances: 7/3/20, 4/10/20
Dave Marcus - 1.31.20
COLUMNIST FOR THE FEDERALIST
David Marcus is the New York Correspondent for the Federalist where he has written since 2013. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, and City Journal. David is the former Artistic Director of Blue Box World, a Brooklyn based theater project, and also a former president of the Bat acting company at the Flea Theater. He also was a participant in the 2018 National Security Seminar at the Army
Alexander Heffner - 1.24.20
Alexander Heffner is host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in Mediaite, Raw Story, The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Medium, and on NBC News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, ABC and the BBC, among other media outlets.
His writing has appeared in USA TODAY, WIRED, TIME, Daily Beast, Cognoscenti, RealClearPolitics, The Des Moines Register, New York Daily News, NYT's Room for Debate, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications.
He is coauthor of the best-selling A Documentary History of the United States (Penguin, 2018), and recipient of the University of Denver’s Anvil of Freedom Award, Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication and Yale University’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.
He has lectured at the Newseum, National Constitution Center, Museum of American Finance, FDR Library and Museum, Initiative for Truth at University of Sydney, Center for Information and Bubble Studies at University of Copenhagen, Department of Writing and Rhetoric at University of Mississippi, Civil Discourse Lab at the University of New Hampshire, Institute on Constitutional Democracy at University of Missouri, Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall University, Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State, Clarke Forum at Dickinson College, Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University, Alpha Seminar at Carroll College, among other institutions of learning.
A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Harvard.
*Previous Appearance 1/17/20
Shermichael Singleton - 7.17.20
WRITER, POLITICAL CONSULTANT, AND FORMER CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR WHO NOW APPEARS REGULARLY ON MSNBC.
He’s worked on three presidential campaigns, starting with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich during his time as a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. During that time, he worked to mobilize college students on behalf of the Gingrich campaign and assisted in developing the youth outreach and mobilization strategy.
He went on to work for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney who became the Republican nominee. During his time on the Romney/Ryan campaign, he worked with Will Ritter, one of Governor Romney’s longtime aides in the department of advance and operations, where his role also expanded to working with various coalition groups during campaign stops. his work on the Romney campaign, Shermichael traveled back home to Texas where he ran his first campaign. As campaign manager, Shermichael guided an unknown candidate to victory, successfully defeating a 15-year incumbent. His work in politics took him back to Georgia where he was involved in various local races. His work then took him to Aventura, Florida where he served as a consultant for Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit that
focuses on raising awareness about child sexual abuse.
After his stint with Lauren’s Kid’s where he was a part of a team that planned a statewide awareness campaign throughout Florida, he joined America Rising, LLC. At American Rising, he was a field opposition researcher, where he was a part of a team that created the first Republican national opposition database targeting Democratic candidates. His focus state was Virginia where he provided opposition research to the Ed Gillespie Senate Campaign. He also provided opposition research
for two contested Republican congressional campaigns.
Shermichael would go on to serve as the Coalitions Advisor for Dr. Ben Carson during his presidential campaign, where he worked in coordination with other key campaign strategists to build the faith outreach and mobilization strategy for the Carson Campaign that would propel Dr. Carson to the national forefront as a candidate. As a result, Dr. Carson became the only Republican presidential
candidate to surpass then-candidate Donald Trump in the polls. When Dr. Carson
ended his presidential bid, he appointed Shermichael as his director of communications, where he would manage all communications for the former presidential candidate. He would also manage Carson’s successful engagement group, “The Carson Ideas Forum.”
After the election of Donald Trump, Shermichael was appointed as Dr. Carson’s top aide during the presidential transition process. He played a pivotal role in successfully guiding Dr. Carson through the Senate confirmation process including co-writing Dr. Carson’s Senate hearing opening statement. Soon after, Shermichael was appointed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where
he was sworn in as the Deputy Chief of Staff, the youngest ever appointed to the role in the history of the agency. Getting acclimated to his role at HUD, Shermichael was later fired by the Trump Administration after an articled surfaced where Shermichael criticized then-candidate Trump.
After losing his position at HUD, Shermichael joined CNN as a Political Commentator. After a year with CNN, Shermichael began providing political analysis on MSNBC.
Outside of his TV commentary, he writes for The Hill and has also written for The Washington Post and CNBC online. He has been featured on panels at various colleges and universities across the United States including Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
*Previous Appearance: 4/24/20
A.B. Stoddard - 7.10.20
A.B. Stoddard is an associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitcs, a political news and polling data aggregator organization. She began her career as a reporter in northern Virginia at the Potomac News. Her next assignment brought Ms. Stoddard to Capitol Hill where she covered U.S. Congress for States News Service, The Hill newspaper and served as Senate Producer for ABC News. Additionally, Stoddard worked as a producer for World News Tonight. After ABC, she returned to The Hill Newspaper as a commentator and columnist. Stoddard appears regularly on FOX's "Special Report with Bret Baier" as well as other shows including FOX Business Network and CNN.
Among her noteworthy awards, Ms. Stoddard won first place in the "Weekly Newspaper – Editorial, Columns, Commentary" category of the Dateline Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Washington, D.C., chapter in 2009. She was awarded first place in the "Weekly Newspaper – Editorial" category in 2011 and was a finalist in the 2012 awards in the "Weekly Newspaper – Editorial, Columns, Commentary" category.
*Previous Appearance: 1/10/20
Amber Athey - 6.26.20
Amber Athey is the Washington Editor for Spectator USA, the host of the Daily Caller’s "Unfit to Print" podcast, and a 2019-2020 Tony Blankley Fellow with The Steamboat Institute.
She previously served as The Daily Caller's White House Correspondent and was a columnist for Catholic Vote.
*Previous Appearance: 5/20/20
Kerry Picket - 6.12.20
A Washington D.C. based reporter, Kerry has written for the Washington Times, The Daily Caller, and is currentl a Senior Campaign reporter for The Washington Examiner. Picket is a frequent fill-in radio host at SiriusXM Patriot 125. Picket is well known around the halls of Congress and often has exclusive content directly from Capitol Hill. Kerry's experience and time on the Hill has made her one of the most credible DC writers. With a slew of sources, Kerry appears on Fox News, FoxBusiness, OANN, and Newsmax to discuss the happenings in our nation's capital.
Brad Polumbo - 5.29.20
Brad Polumbo is deputy contributors editor and a commentary writer at the Washington Examiner. He was previously an editor at the libertarian media nonprofit Young Voices, and his work has appeared in outlets such as National Review, USA Today, and The Daily Beast.
Ryan Girdusky - 5.15.20
Ryan Girdusky is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. He is author of the upcoming book They’re Not Listening: How the Elites Created the Nationalist Populist Revolution.
Since 2007, Ryan has worked in politics, starting out with New York City Councilwoman Helen Sears. He has worked on dozens of political campaigns including Michael Bloomberg for Mayor, Bob Turner for Congress, Liberty for All Super PAC, Bob Holden for City Council, and for the Logan Circle Group. As a writer, Ryan’s work has been featured in nearly a dozen publications, and he has been a guest on many television and radio shows.
Tiana Lowe - 5.1.20
Tiana Lowe is a D.C.-based a political commentator for the Washington Examiner and the co-host of The Political Pregame podcast. Her work has previously been published in Politico Magazine and the Spectator in London and she previously wrote for National Review as an editorial intern and founded the USC Economics Review at the behest of USC Economics Chair, Matthew E. Kahn. She graduated from USC with a B.S. in mathematics and economics. While at USC, she served as editor of The Tab USC (now known as The Scroll), an independent news site, after she resigned as the resident conservative columnist of the university-operated newspaper, the Daily Trojan.
Her work has been featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal and promoted in the New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Hollywood Reporter, and other national outlets.
Kelsey Bolar Harkness- 6.19.20
Kelsey Bolar is a senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum. She is also an editor of BRIGHT, a morning newsletter for women, by women, a contributor to The Federalist, and a senior fellow at The Steamboat Institute.
Previously, Bolar worked for The Daily Signal and The Heritage Foundation as a senior writer and producer.
Previous Appearance: 5/8/20
Guest Host: Siraj Hashmi - 7.3.20
Hashmi previously served as assisting editor for Red Alert Politics and was an associate producer at SiriusXM Radio. Following brief stints in medical research and finance, Hashmi began his Journalism career in earnest in 2013 when he joined Sports Entertainment Network as Entertainment Director and Sports Analyst. After a year, Hashmi joined millenial video news startup GVH Live, where he served as the Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief. Concurrently, Hashmi worked as an Associate Producer for Sirius XM from 2014 to 2016. He then served as Assistant Editor at Red Alert Politics from 2016 to 2017, and remained on staff as the site merged with the Washington Examiner in late 2017. Hashmi is also a frequent guest commentator on television outlets frequent including CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, and RT.
Hashmi was raised in Hartford, Connecticut and Lahore, Pakistan. Hashmi was originally studying medicine when he decided it was not for him. He graduated from Dickinson College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and began the journalism hustle.
*Previous Appearance: 6/5/20
Seth Berenzweig - 3.27.20
Founding and managing partner of Berenzweig Leonard. Seth has developed a legal practice that is centered on covering traditional business law and compliance matters, while expanding that professional reach to represent sports, music and entertainment clients.
Seth appears in the national and international media to discuss business, litigation, sports, technology, compliance, white collar, and constitutional matters, and is a frequent guest on national television networks discussing breaking news and legal cases impacting businesses.
He has commented on breaking news regarding Presidential impeachment, historic settlements reached with the U.S. Justice Department, high profile jury verdicts and cases involving professional athletes and celebrities. Seth frequently covers breaking news on the impeachment inquiry and Mueller investigation, as well as sexual harassment cases occurring in Hollywood and on Capitol Hill. Seth has appeared several times as a panelist on the McLaughlin Group, discussing legal and political news.
Susan Ferrechio - 3.20.20
CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT WASHINGTON EXAMINER
The chief congressional correspondent for the Washington Examiner. She is a frequent guest on PBS' long-running public affairs program "The McLaughlin Group." She has previously reported for Congressional Quarterly and the Miami Herald.
Carrie Sheffield - 3.13.20
Carrie Sheffield is the White House Correspondent for Just the News . She appears on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, CBS digital, & HLN. She has published in The Wall Street Journal, TIME, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon.com & HuffPost.
Carrie began her journalism career in Washington with Robert Novak, later covering Congress for The Hill newspaper. A founding reporter at POLITICO, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes, wrote editorials for The Washington Times under Tony Blankley and advised Bustle, a popular digital women’s brand.
Passionate about foreign affairs, Carrie reported on 25th anniversary of perestroika in Moscow, North-South Korean relations from Seoul, the Beijing Olympics in China, and Egyptian political reforms, including interviewing Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Cairo. She covered Japanese economic reforms from Tokyo for Forbes and was a correspondent for The Jerusalem Post covering the Israeli parliament and Qatari geopolitics.
Carrie earned a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, concentrating in business policy. At Goldman Sachs, she managed credit risk on a portfolio with potential exposure $1.97 billion. At Moody’s, she led analysis on a $5.5 billion bond portfolio. She researched for Edward Conard, Bain Capital founding partner and American Enterprise Institute scholar, and served as Warren Brookes Journalism Fellow at Competitive Enterprise Institute.
An adviser to Silicon Harlem, Carrie is a member of The National Press Club, Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards Fellow, Robert Novak Journalism Fellow, and was a New York Leader with the Foreign Policy Initiative. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.
John Schindler - 2.28.20
John R. Schindler is a strategist, author, and commentator whose security-focused career has included a couple decades as both a scholar and practitioner. He is the national security columnist for the New York Observer.
He is a prolific social media commentator both on Twitter @20committee, where he’s been active since mid-2012 and has more than a quarter-million followers, as well as on his premium private channel @thespybrief, care of PremoSocial (subscribe here.)
Previously a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, where he taught courses on security, strategy, intelligence, terrorism, and military history, before joining the NWC faculty, he spent nearly a decade with the super-secret National Security Agency as an intelligence analyst and counterintelligence officer. There’s not much he can say about that, except that he worked problems in Eastern Europe and the Middle East with a counterespionage flavor, and he collaborated closely with other government agencies who would probably prefer he didn’t mention them. He’s also served as a cryptologic warfare officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
He’s been a a senior fellow of the International History Institute at Boston University and as well as the chairman of the Partnership for Peace Consortium‘s Combating Terrorism Working Group, a unique body which brings together scholars and practitioners from more than two dozen countries across Eurasia to tackle problems of terrorism, extremism, and political violence. He has lectured on terrorism and security in over twenty countries.
He is a historian by background, with a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from McMaster University. His books deal with topics like the Italian front in World War I, Islamist extremism in the Balkans, and an insider’s look at how Al-Qa’ida thinks and operates. His most recent book is on the beginning of World War I on the Eastern Front. He’s currently writing a couple books on cool stuff.
John speaks several languages, divides his time among a few places, and enjoys good food and wine, traveling to the Alps, and spy stories.
Nayyera Haq - 2.7.20
Nayyera Haq (NAY-yer-uh Huck) is a SiriusXM talk-show host, popular television commentator, and an international public affairs constultant. She leads AM and PM drive time talk conversations in response to breaking news, helping listeners around the country understand the political and social currents of the moment. Nayyera’s insights and personal appeal has made her a regular television guest of hosts such as HBO’s Bill Maher, Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, and Joy Reid. Her insights appeal to a broad audience, which has resulted in her work being published in outlets as varied as CNN.com, Refinery 29, and The Root.
Emily Jashinksy - 4.5.20
Emily Jashinsky is Culture Editor at The Federalist. She previously covered politics as a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner. Prior to joining the Examiner, Emily was the spokeswoman for Young America's Foundation. She is a regular guest on Fox News and Fox Business, and her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Real Clear Politics, and more. Emily serves on the Young America's Foundation Board of Directors and the National Journalism Center’s Board of Governors. Originally from Wisconsin, she is a graduate of George Washington University.
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Washington Examiner: Emily Jashinsky
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Saagar Enjeti - 1.3.20
Saagar Enjeti is a White House correspondent, journalist, author and researcher who lives and works in Washington D.C. Enjeti is also a noted journalist, whose work has been published in numerous publications including CNN, The Washington Post, Military Times, The Financial Times and The New York Times. He is also a guest on Fox News and several other networks on TV.
Saagar graduated from the American School of Doha in 2010. He attended George Washington University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science in 2014. In 2015, Enjeti received a certificate from the IDC Herzliya Private University, for studies in Counterterrorism. He chose to further his studies at Georgetown University and graduated in 2018 with a Master’s Degree in Security Studies with a focus on the US’s National Security Policy.