Today is an exciting day in the history of Mondoweiss, which has grown and developed considerably over the past few years . We are proud of the progress we have made in providing essential news to the world, and we wanted to alert our community and make it visible on our masthead. This is also a great time to thank our loyal community of supporters, without whom this work would not be possible.
First, please join us in welcoming two new team members: Michael Arria and Olivia Katbi Smith. Michael will be joining Mondoweiss as our U.S. Correspondent responsible for reporting on the intersection of U.S. politics, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the Palestine solidarity movement. His background is reporting on labor, prisons, immigration, drug policy for outlets such as The Intercept, In These Times, Truthout, AlterNet, Salon, Jacobin, Vice, Motherboard, Truthdig, and more. Michael has also written for Mondoweiss in the past, including an important expose on Rachel Maddow’s blind spots on Palestine.
Olivia will be joining us as Individual Giving Manager and will play an important role in our development efforts. Olivia is an Arab-American activist based in Portland, OR and is passionate about raising funds to liberate Palestine among other issues. She joins Mondoweiss after being part of the development team at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in Portland, where she helped grow the fundraising budget in just three years from $35,000 to $450,000 annually. She also organizes with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) as co-chair of the Portland chapter.
We’re excited to announce as well that two old friends of the site, Walaa Ghussein and James North, will become Editors-at-Large. Since Walaa’s first story for Mondoweiss over six years ago, she has been an important contributor to our work. She will be working to expand our coverage and analysis from Palestine.
James, author of a groundbreaking book on the South African freedom struggle with a long track record reporting from the global south, has built a following among Mondoweiss readers for his dogged and in-depth analyses of the mainstream media’s biased coverage of Israel/Palestine and the broader Middle East. He will continue to play a leading role in our efforts to hold the media accountable.
We also want to recognize the other key members of our Mondoweiss team that are central to our work. Allison Deger, a vital part of our editorial work for the last seven years, has been promoted to Associate Editor. Yumna Patel, who has been serving as our lead correspondent in Palestine is now also listed on our masthead. And Dave Reed, our Manager of Technology Development and Community, is leading the effort to make our website and web presence more accessible and user friendly than ever before.
Beyond these new roles, we also feel it’s important to acknowledge key individuals whose writing has strengthened Mondoweiss over the years. The following regular contributors will now be appearing as Contributing Writers on our masthead: Helena Cobban, Haidar Eid, Nada Elia, Yossi Gurvitz, Jonathan Ofir, Alice Rothchild, Steven Salaita, and Dareen Tatour. As other leading lights of journalism share their insights, we’ll add to this list in the future.
In managing this larger, more diverse team with a wide range of responsibilities, we have also redefined and clarified our leadership roles. Phil Weiss will continue to be the heart and soul of this journalistic enterprise, under the title Founder and Senior Editor. Adam Horowitz, who has for some time been serving as the primary executive for day-to-day decisions, will now be Executive Editor. Tova Perlmutter’s role has grown from fundraising to include finances, organizational development and strategy; she’ll be our Executive Director. And the leadership team will continue to benefit from the judgment and smarts of Scott Roth, our longtime Publisher.
Finally, some of the news is bittersweet as well. As long-time readers know, Annie Robbins has been central to the site for years–as a writer, editor, and commenter (and a sounding board indispensable to Phil). Annie will be stepping away from her formal role as an Editor-at-Large, but she will still be around the site, and in the comment section. Thank you, Annie, for everything that you have given, and will continue to give, to Mondoweiss.
Please join us in celebrating the expansion and enrichment of our work together to tell the truth about Palestine to all who need to hear it.