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! Editor and Social Media Director

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!

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 design work has included projects for Verso, Overlook Press, Nation Books, Franklin Square Press and Roof Books. She has received the Silver and Gold Folio Awards for Direct Mail, and the Computer Press Awards for Best Newsletter.

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. He now directs the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he is an associate professor of journalism. His most recent book is Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media. The book focuses on his years as a TV commentator at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and as senior producer of MSNBC’s Phil Donahue primetime show (which was terminated for political reasons three weeks before the Iraq invasion). With Norman Solomon, he coauthored three books: Adventures in Medialand, Through the Media Looking Glass and Wizards of Media Oz. He also coauthored The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error (with Steve Rendall and Jim Naureckas). For four years, he co-wrote the weekly, nationally syndicated Media Beat column (with Norman Solomon) for Creators Syndicate. His columns on media and politics have been published online at such websites as HuffingtonPost, CommonDreams and AlterNet—and in dozens of dailies, including USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Atlanta Constitution, and Miami Herald. In 2011, he cofounded the online activist group