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:

Deirdre FultonDeirdre Fulton is a senior editor and staff writer for Common Dreams. Previously she worked as an editor and writer for the Portland Phoenix and the Boston Phoenix, where she was honored by the New England Press Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. A Boston University graduate, Deirdre is a co-founder of the Maine-based Lorem Ipsum Theater Collective and the PortFringe theater festival. She writes young adult fiction in her spare time. Email her at or find her on Twitter: @deirdrefulton

Andrea GermanosAndrea 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:

Development DirectorAaron Kaufman, development director, joined Common Dreams in early 2017. After graduating with a finance degree from Boston University, Aaron pursued several environmental related job opportunities on the west coast. More recently he managed a national marketing campaign for a domestic manufacturer. In the development role, Aaron is focused on engaging new readers to support the dedicated voices of this space, who encourage and inform others with extraordinary coverage, perspective and insight. Email:

Lauren McCauleyLauren McCauley is a senior editor and staff writer for Common Dreams since 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 films 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:

Nadia PrupisNadia Prupis joined Common Dreams as a staff writer in June 2014. She previously held a reporting fellowship with Truthout and has been published in The Nation, New America Media, Ms. Magazine, and other outlets. Before joining Common Dreams, Nadia lived and worked on a literacy development project in Kenya. Email:

Jon Queally, managing 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

Abby ZimetAbby 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

Lina NewhouserIn Memoriam: Lina Newhouser was an artist, political activist, organic farmer, businesswoman and proud, loving mom. Lina co-founded Common Dreams in 1997 with her husband, Craig Brown. Lina passed away in 2008 after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma.