The Flip Side is on a mission to help bridge the gap between liberals and conservatives.
We’re a one-stop shop for smart, concise summaries of political analysis from both conservative and liberal media. Our goal is to become a news source for liberals, moderates, independents, conservatives, and even the apolitical.
It’s hard to convince liberals to watch Fox or conservatives to watch MSNBC. But if everyone takes 5 minutes a day to read The Flip Side, we’ll have a starting point when talking to our friends and neighbors.
In July 2016, Annafi Wahed left her corporate job in NYC to campaign for Democratic party candidates in NH. Walking door to door, she saw firsthand how even next-door neighbors could be completely isolated from one another by the news they consume. In the months following the election, as talk of "fake news" and filter bubbles became commonplace, Annafi set out to create a shared news source in a world of a billion news feeds.
Jihan Varisco has degrees in Political Science and Public Policy and is particularly interested in applying insights from behavioral economics and game theory to improve policy. He laments the extreme partisanship currently afflicting this country and hopes that The Flip Side can help create common understanding to help bridge political divisions. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Mica Iddings is an environmental lawyer in Pennsylvania who has grown increasingly frustrated with the myopic narratives presented by both ends of the political spectrum. She sees The Flip Side both as a way to be more engaged in today's contentious political climate, as well as a means to share both sides of a story with a diverse audience. Working with Annafi and the rest of The Flip Side crew has been an eye-opening and rewarding experience, and Mica is thrilled to be a part of the project.
Joe Vigliotti is a writer who is serving his second term as a City Councilman for Taneytown, Maryland. He is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary's University where he studied history, political science, and philosophy. A Catholic and conservative Republican, Joe is disheartened with the state of American political debate, and so is thrilled to be a part of this crucial effort to improve our mutual understanding.
Caty Cherepakhov is a Digital Associate at Precision Strategies. Caty graduated cum laude from NYU with a degree in Politics and History, and will receive her M.A. in Comparative Politics from NYU in September 2018. She is a democrat from New Jersey who wants liberals and conservatives to have more civil, factual conversations about real issues. She loves writing for The Flip Side because she feels like she's on the front lines of decreasing polarization in America, and enjoys bursting media bubbles in her daily life.
Luz Solano-Flórez has a background in international law and is currently a student at Northwestern University Law School. She has lived and studied in Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Connecticut, and Louisiana. She has previously worked in law firms, as well as international organizations and NGOs. As an immigrant and a conservative Catholic, she has views from both the right and the left, and believes that both sides would benefit from being informed of the other's point of view on crucial issues to reach a common understanding.
Kasey Wall is a Senior at ENMU pursuing a degree in Political Science and Journalism. She often noticed a sharp divide between conservative and liberal students in the classroom, where ignorance stifled discussions and no one was willing to listen to the opposing side. Kasey joined The Flip Side to help garner a new political understanding between parties that could help change typical political narratives.
David Canada is a sophomore at Haverford College, and conservative contributor who wants to foster an understanding of conservatism beyond the narratives of liberal media. He believes indiscriminate political critique is fundamental to the operation of a healthy, efficient, and productive government and society. By working with The Flip Side, he hopes to learn how conflicting narratives and emphasis in coverage affect national discourse across pertinent topics.
Originally from New York City, Catherine Bactat is a junior International Studies major at Bryn Mawr College, where she also plays varsity soccer. Catherine first became drawn to international studies because of her interest in diplomacy and collaboration among different countries, which she believes are essential to the US on a more domestic scale as well. Catherine believes proper understanding of the other side is an essential starting point for working across ideologies, and is very excited to be a part of The Flip Side.
Matthew Pinna is a rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, studying Political Science and English. As the Vice President of his College Republicans chapter, he has personally experienced the effects of political polarization on college campuses, and as such, is very excited to be writing for The Flip Side and doing all he can to help both sides understand one another better.
Spenser Dopp lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied journalism at Ohio University with a specialization in classics and world religions. He believes that people from all along the political spectrum and all walks of life generally share similar values and goals but have different ways of expressing them, which is why open communication is so important. Spenser is happy to be working with The Flip Side to help himself and others learn, think, and communicate in an honest and balanced way.
Ian Grossberg is a creative technologist who spends a fair amount of time around computer-y devices. When he's not helping people use technology in more intuitive and creative ways, he's working on flights of fancy and silly toys. Fun fact: all of Ian's electronic devices are named after bodies in space.
Allison Lee Pillinger Choi is a full-time mom to two preschoolers and writes on right-of-center politics/policy. She is the author of Bleeding Heart Conservatives: Why It's Good To Be Right and a Contributing Writer at the Manhattan Institute's City Journal. Her work has also been published by outlets including the San Francisco Chronicle, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and Bold Media.
Alli attended Harvard where she studied Economics, competed on the Varsity Tennis team, and worked at The Harvard Crimson. After graduating she moved to New York City, where she worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and then at Equinox.
Alli is affiliated with the Advisory Committee of the Manhattan Institute's Young Leaders Circle, the New York Hospital Weill Cornell Council, and the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan. Her latest initiatives are dedicated to breaking down political polarization through bipartisan organizations such as The Flip Side and Experiment In Dialogue. Alli is originally from South Florida.
Angela Cho is the founder of Function Labs, a growth marketing agency and creative collaborative in New York City.
Function Labs helps mission-focused businesses connect deeper with their market and convert them to take action. Since it was founded in 2016, the team has helped organizations from Fortune 500 companies to startups battle human trafficking, heal the world with hemp, bridge the gap between liberals and conservatives, make governments more efficient, and empower women to start online businesses.
Prior to Function Labs, Angela worked in public relations and marketing in the defense, government, and SaaS sectors. She graduated with a B.S. in journalism and entrepreneurship from Syracuse University.
Today she runs Function Labs in New York City and is an advisor for The Flip Side. She lives in New Jersey with her fiancé, umma, dog, and cat.