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Michael Cook - Editor

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science and contributes occasional op-ed pieces to newspapers and websites in the US, UK and Australia.

mcook@mercatornet.com
 

Carolyn Moynihan - Deputy Editor

Carolyn Moynihan is a New Zealand journalist with a special interest in family issues. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but always fancied the life of the scribe. Too late, she realised that the latter is even more work than teaching Shakespeare to 15-year-olds and the pay is generally less. Being a reluctant geek, she has never quite got over the surprise of finding herself the deputy editor of an online magazine -- a pleasant sensation for the most part. She once wrote a book -- the history of New Zealand’s own anti-porn movement in its heyday -- for which she got mixed reviews and no awards. She lives in the country’s largest city, Auckland, which is three hours by plane from Sydney -- the hub of MercatorNet -- and too far for comfort from anywhere else of importance. Still, it is a very nice vantage point from which to meddle in the affairs of the world.

carolyn@mercatornet.com
 

Sheila Liaugminas - editor, Sheila Reports

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media.

Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media. She reported for Time magazine in its Midwest Bureau for over 20 years. At Chicago's NBC-owned station, she co-hosted the TV magazine program YOU. Sheila formerly hosted three radio programs, The Right Questions; and Issues & Answers for Relevant Radio, and America's Lifeline on the Salem network.

Besides her work on MercatorNet, Sheila has published in the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, Crisis Magazine, Voices Magazine, National Catholic Register, Catholic New World, the Center for Morality in Public Life blog Ethika Politika and the National Review Online. She has also appeared on the BBC programme World Have Your Say.

She currently hosts the daily radio program A Closer Look on Relevant Radio and serves as the Network News Director.

sheila@mercatornet.com

 

Tamara Rajakariar - editor, Family Edge

Tamara Rajakariar lives in Australia and is a Journalism graduate from the University of Technology, Sydney. She worked for Sky News in Sydney for a year before taking some time off to travel. She currently works as a writer in the fashion industry. She is also one of three young women running All.u.re Workshop -- all passionate about educating women on the meaning of their allure, with the message to be all-you-are. http://allureworkshop.org/

tamara@mercatornet.com
 

Marcus Roberts - editor, Demography Is Destiny

Marcus Roberts was two years out of law school when he decided that practising law was no longer for him. He therefore went back to Auckland University and did his LLM while tutoring at the new law school at the Aucland University of Technology. He has just started a new job teaching contract law at Auckland University. Aside from law, his passions include running and reading (particularly philosophy, apologetics and history) and supporting the New Zealand cricket team (which counts as penance for a vast multitude of sins).

marcus.roberts@mercatornet.com
 

Jennifer Minicus - editor, Reading Matters

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making jam and drinking coffee. She has been evaluating children's literature since 2001 and conducts summer book clubs for elementary school students. Although her favorite place to read is the beach, she is more often seen with a book in school parking lots, doctors' offices and little league baseball games.

jennifer.minicus@mercatornet.com
 

Tim Lee - Comments Editor

Recently retired as a business analyst, Tim Lee is building a career as a writer – when not on some quest as a pen-wielding blogger-knight with "relevance, courage and a twinkle in the eye" on his coat of arms. He is fascinated by all things to do with language and culture and has published a children's story book entitled Dreamtime Caterpillar, inspired by the Aboriginal folklore of his adopted country.

tim.lee@mercatornet.com
 

Sue Alexander-Barnes - Comments Editor

Sue is married with four teenage children. She stayed home to mother them until her youngest started high school, and has since done some writing and run a small business from home. Her professional experience includes teaching English in Italy and her varied interests include travelling, music and astronomy.

editor@mercatornet.com
 


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