Key Staff

Craig Brown and his late wife, Lina Newhouser, founded Common Dreams in 1997. Formerly a community organizer and political consultant, Brown has managed many state referenda, local, Congressional and US Senate campaigns. Brown managed the campaigns of former US Rep. Tom Andrews and served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Andrews. In 1991, Brown and Andrews helped co-found the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Brown provides the vision for Common Dreams and directs the editorial content and daily operations. Twitter: @Craig_Brown.  Email:

Jon Queally, senior editor and staff writer, has been with Common Dreams since 2007 covering US politics, foreign policy, human and animal rights, climate change, and much in between. In addition to his role as the opinion editor, he works daily on the creation, selection and management of news content.  Email: On twitter: @jonqueally

Andrea Germanos is a senior editor and staff writer for Common Dreams. She manages our social media in addition to creating news content. She joined Common Dreams in 2007 after teaching ESL for many years in Chicago. An avid bicycler, gardener and supporter of her local farmers, she tweets about food justice and environmental issues here: @andreagermanos. Email:

Jacob Chamberlain is an Associate Editor at Common Dreams. In addition to writing and editing headline articles, he also manages the Progressive Newswire and Video sections of the site. Prior to joining Common Dreams in January 2012, Jacob received his MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Jacob has gained valuable experience in several different social justice and progressive issues organizations—in online communications, social media, journalism, and advocacy—including Provisions Library in Washington, DC; the Institute of Race Relations in London, UK; and Praxis Community Projects in London, UK. Email:

Lauren McCauley has been an assistant editor at Common Dreams since October 2012. When not writing and editing headline articles, she spends her time producing documentary films. Her most recent project, Mississippi Messiah, is a feature about civil rights icon, James Meredith. She also co-produced the film The Hollywood Complex and Soundtrack for a Revolution, about the protest music of the civil rights movement. Previously, while writing for Newsweek, Lauren was nominated for the 2008 GLAAD Media Award for Digital Journalism. Email:

Sarah Lazare has worked as a staff writer for Common Dreams since June 2013. She comes from a background in independent journalism for publications including The Nation, Al Jazeera, TomDispatch, Common Dreams, Truthout, and Yes Magazine, with experience covering Morocco's 2011 "Arab Spring" protests and reporting on trauma and anti-war organizing at military bases across the US. Sarah co-edited the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War and has spent the past decade organizing on issues of social and economic justice, Palestine solidarity, and anti-war and anti-militarism, including years of work with US military service members and veterans withdrawing their consent from US-led wars. Sarah is an active member of the Civilian-Soldier Alliance and War Times and is interested in building people-powered global movements for justice, dignity, and collective liberation. You can find her on Twitter here: @sarahlazare. Email:

Bethany Snow has been Director of Development at Common Dreams since March of 2013. After serving in the U.S. Army for several years, she graduated with a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 2010 majoring in Political Science and minoring in East Asian Studies. Since graduation she has worked with the ACLU of Maine on civil liberties and social justice causes as well as assisting local small businesses owners with social media and online marketing. Email:

Abby Zimet has edited CD's Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning journalist, she moved to the Maine woods in the early 70s, where she spent a dozen years building a house, thinning the carrots, hauling too much water, experiencing true if ragged community, and writing. She has lived and worked in Portland since 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.  Email to