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. A staunch conservative, Jihan feels that in these divisive times it is more important than ever to defend the virtues of traditional values. 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.
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.
Roberto Rodriguez is an active duty Marine specializing in communications intelligence, currently serving as the senior advisor to the Director of Information Operations Force Development for the Marine Corps. He believes that a free and robust press is vital to the survival of a thriving democracy. A Penn State junior, majoring in Digital Journalism and Media, Roberto was born and raised in Cidra, Puerto Rico, and lives in Northern Virginia.
Kenneth Schneider is an Education Administrative Coordinator with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History from Chapman University and completed his Masters in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics. Jewish and a registered republican, he has also voted and identified as a Libertarian. This combination of socially left and fiscally right beliefs drew him to The Flip Side.
David Canada is a senior 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.
Ronni Winter is a senior at Southwestern University in Texas pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She has always had a passion for politics and international affairs. As she got older and reached voting age she realized how differing political views sometimes stifle productive conversation. She joined The Flip Side because she is passionate about civic discourse and fostering greater understanding across all sides of the political spectrum.
Anna Sutherland is a sophomore at American University. Living in Washington, DC, and AU being one of the most politically active schools in the country, representing both sides of the political spectrum is very important to Anna. She's excited to be a part of the The Flip Side team!
Spenser Dopp studied journalism at Ohio University with a specialization in classics and world religions. He believes people across 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.
Brian Bellinger is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Philosophy, studying ethics and the philosophy of science. As much of academia shares his left-leaning biases, he joined The Flip Side in order to challenge his personal views while also contributing to aisle-crossing political discourse outside of an academic context.
Paul Gordon is a Senior at DePaul University pursuing International Studies and Journalism. A passion for conservation has taken him across the US to work for the National Parks Service and Fish and Wildlife where he has encountered complex views about the topic. The variety of perspectives reminds him to examine his own views and hear out the other side. Through his work at The Flip Side, he hopes to facilitate constructive conversations that take on the world's most pressing problems.
Owen Clarke is an outdoor and travel journalist currently based in New Mexico. A columnist for Rock and Ice magazine, he has also written for Outside, Trail Runner, Gym Climber, and Travel + Leisure, among other publications. A socialist raised in the Deep South, he has long been keen to build bridges across the aisle, and joined The Flip Side to facilitate more common understanding in American political discourse.
Michael Eastman is a human rights lawyer, writer, and academic. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he clerked for the Chief Justice of South Africa at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He thereafter had a private litigation practice in Johannesburg and throughout Africa, focusing on corporate, tax, and international law. However, he found his greatest professional joy in creating and leading a high-impact human rights clinic. In it, he secured major public victories in the fields of child and refugee rights, freedom of expression, and rights to dignity and equality. He later returned to public service as a senior advisor to the governor of the Western Cape province of South Africa. He also founded four not-for-profit organizations in the fields of education and law, worked in both the for-profit consulting and not-for-profit education spheres in the United States. Michael is an immigrant and a new American, residing with his wife, Anna, in New Haven, Connecticut.
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.