Staff Biographies

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Janine Jackson
Program Director and CounterSpin Producer/Host

Janine Jackson is FAIR’s program director and and producer/host of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin. She contributes frequently to FAIR’s newsletter Extra!, and co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the ’90s (Westview Press). She has appeared on ABC‘s Nightline and CNN Headline News, among other outlets, and has testified to the Senate Communications Subcommittee on budget reauthorization for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her articles have appeared in various publications, including In These Times and the UAW’s Solidarity, and in books including Civil Rights Since 1787 (New York University Press) and Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism (New World Library). Jackson is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and has an M.A. in sociology from the New School for Social Research.


Jim Naureckas
Extra! Magazine Editor

Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR’s bimonthly print publication. He is the co-author of Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the ’90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR’s website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran/Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Naureckas was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR’s program director. You can follow him on Twitter at @JNaureckas.


Deborah Thomas
Publisher of Extra! Magazine

Deborah Thomas is the publisher of FAIR’s newsletter Extra!. The publisher of Grand Street literary journal for ten years, she was art director of Dance Magazine, and worked on a variety of progressive magazines, including Seven Days, Politicks & Other Human Interests and The Nation. Book designs include Washington Babylon by Alexander Cockburn & Ken Silverstein, The Golden Age Is in Us by Alexander Cockburn and The Thirties’ Years War by Andrew Kopkind, all for Verso; Uncivil War: Race, Civil Rights & The Nation 1865-1995, for Nation Books; New York Revisited by Henry James and Fortune’s Child by Lewis Lapham, both for Franklin Square Press; and over 50 titles for Segue Foundation’s Roof Books. She has received the Silver and Gold Folio Awards for Direct Mail, and the Computer Press Awards for Best Newsletter.

Steve Rendall (on leave)
Senior Media Analyst and Co-producer of CounterSpin

Steve Rendall is FAIR’s senior analyst. He is co-host of CounterSpin, FAIR’s national radio show. His work has received awards from Project Censored, and has won the praise of noted journalists such as Les Payne, Molly Ivins and Garry Wills. He is co-author of The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error (New Press). Rendall has appeared on dozens of national television and radio shows, including CNN, C-SPAN, CNBC, MTV and Fox Morning News. He has been quoted on issues of media and politics in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and New York Times. Rendall contributed stories to the International Herald Tribune from France, Spain and North Africa; worked as a freelance writer in San Francisco; and worked as an archivist collecting historical material on the Spanish Civil War and the volunteers who fought in it. Rendall studied philosophy and chemistry at San Francisco State University, the College of Notre Dame and UC Berkeley.

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Jeff Cohen
FAIR founder

Jeff Cohen founded FAIR in 1986. He served as the group’s executive director for a number of years, and later on its board of directors. Upon taking a full time job with MSNBC in May 2002, Cohen stepped down from FAIR’s board. At MSNBC, Cohen was a senior producer on Donahue and an on-air commentator. Over the years, he has been a frequent guest on national TV and radio, including Today, Larry King Live, Donahue, C-SPAN and NPR. Formerly, he was a regular panelist on Fox News Channel‘s News Watch. He has served as a fill-in co-host of CNN‘s Crossfire. He has been quoted on issues of media and politics in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post and TV Guide, and his columns have appeared in such dailies as USA Today, Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe and Miami Herald. For four years, he co-wrote the weekly, nationally syndicated Media Beat column with Norman Solomon for Creators Syndicate. Cohen is the author and co-author of five books — Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media (2006); Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News (1997); Through the Media Looking Glass: Decoding Bias and Blather in the News (1995); The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error (1995); and Adventures in Medialand: Behind the News, Beyond the Pundits (1993). Prior to launching FAIR in 1986, Cohen worked in Los Angeles as a journalist, and as a lawyer for the ACLU. His investigative articles ran in Rolling Stone, New Times, Mother Jones and other publications. He was a board member of several public interest groups, including the ACLU of Southern California and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/LA. Cohen did undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and did his legal studies at the Peoples College of Law in Los Angeles. He became a member of the California Bar in 1981.

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