The Washington Post Launches “She the People: Women Writing about Politics and Culture”

January 4, 2012

The Washington Post today introduces “She the People,” a new women’s blog anchored by veteran political reporter Melinda Henneberger, founder of Politics Daily and its “Woman Up” blog.  

"She the People" writers from across the country and the political spectrum will offer news, analysis, and reported opinion, primarily on The Post’s website but also in The Post print edition heading into the 2012 election and beyond.  

 "According to comScore, only 42% of U.S. readers of political news sites are female, compared to 51% of all online adults, suggesting women have been under-represented by political sites and in political reporting," says Raju Narisetti, Managing Editor. "The Washington Post believes ‘She the People’ will give a distinct platform to unique female voices who have interesting perspectives to share." 

The full list of contributors is:    

Helena Andrews is an author, columnist and screenwriter. Her first book, a collection of essays entitled "Bitch is the New Black," is out now in paperback. @helena_andrews

Carla Baranauckas is a freelance editor and writer who has worked at The New York Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, the Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer, the Texarkana Gazette, the Pampa (Texas) News and the Minneapolis Tribune. @cabara

Jamila Bey covers health and politics for the Voice of Russia Radio. A stand-up comedian, formerly with NPR, she has been getting people to talk about the things they're not supposed to talk about ever since she was a child. @jbey

Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning multimedia journalist in Charlotte, N.C., is a contributor to The Root, Fox News Charlotte, NPR and Nieman Watchdog blog. She has worked at The New York Times, Charlotte Observer and as national correspondent for Politics Daily. @mcurtisnc3

Judy Howard Ellis is a Dallas-based creative consultant for entrepreneurs and the author of “Fall of the Savior-King,” a fantasy novel inspired by the Book of Genesis. Previously, she was features editor at the Denver Post. @JudyHowardEllis

Sandra Fish teaches journalism at the University of Colorado and has reported on politics in Iowa, Florida and Colorado. @fishnette

Amy Gardner is a national political reporter for The Washington Post covering the 2012 Republican presidential field. She joined The Post in 2005 after newspaper stints in Raleigh, Richmond and upstate New York. @AmyEGardner

Ann Gerhart is Style's political portrait artist and a fan of drummers and writers who keep good time.

Bonnie Goldstein was a coat-check girl in the 60s, a hippie in the 70s, a private eye in the 80s, a US Senate investigator in the early 1990s and TV news producer in the late 90s. During the first millennial decade, she was an Internet journalist and meddler in the lives of her adult children.  She is married to the novelist James Grady.  

Annie Groer is a former Washington Post staffer and writes widely about politics, culture, design and 21st-century manners; her work has appeared in PoliticsDaily.com, More magazine, Town & Country and TheAtlantic.com, among others. @anniegroer

Nia-Malika Henderson, a proud South Carolinian and Duke alum, is a political reporter for The Washington Post. @niawapo 

Melinda Henneberger is a political writer for the Washington Post. An Illinois native, she spent her cub years in Texas, was a Washington correspondent and Rome bureau chief for the New York Times, and editor-in-chief of Politics Daily. Her role models include St. Cecilia, Judith Martin, Mary Ann Evans and Clara Barton. @MelindaDC

Monica Hesse writes for the Washington Post, where she is an expert on "Twilight," nerd culture, Midwestern casseroles, and obscure histories. In her free time, she is the person who hovers near the food table and talks too much about her dog. @MonicaHesse 

Sarah Kaufman has been The Post’s dance critic since 1996 and received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. She is always on the lookout for grace where we least expect it.
Delia Lloyd is a London-based journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, and The Guardian. @realdelia

Beth Marlowe is a web producer for the Post’s politics section. An Atlanta native and Brown grad, she’s worked for the AP, Bloomberg and Reuters and lived in Jerusalem, Scotland and Hong Kong.

Patricia Murphy is the Atlanta-based editor of Citizen Jane Politics and a contributor to the Daily Beast. @1PatriciaMurphy

Kathleen Parker is a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for The Washington Post, an author and former CNN anchor. She writes a twice-weekly syndicated column for more than 430 newspapers and is a regular contributor to Newsweek magazine and The Chris Matthews Show.

Suzy Parker is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist and author of  “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt.” @suziparker

Sandhya Somashekhar is a reporter covering politics and religion for the Post’s national desk. @sandhyawp

Lori Stahl is a Texas-based journalist who covers politics. @LoriStahl

Nikita Stewart is a Washington Post staff writer who covers DC Mayor Vince Gray. @kitastew

Krissah Thompson began writing for The Washington Post in 2001 and now covers civil rights, race & politics. @Krissah30

Donna Trussell is a Kansas City-based poet, fiction writer, cartoonist, ovarian cancer survivor and foster mom to homeless kittens. She is a native Texan and a former film critic. @DonnaTrussell

Karen Tumulty covers politics for the Washington Post. @ktumulty

Amanda Zamora is the national digital editor at The Washington Post, focused on the 2012 presidential campaign and leveraging mobile and social tools in digital storytelling. When she’s not absorbed in news, she’s cooking, dancing, or incessantly Tweeting/FourSquaring/Instagramming. @amzam

 

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