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.
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.
Zac Alstin - Associate Editor
|As a philosophy graduate Zac Alstin struggled to find a use for his skills and interests, but it took nearly two years in a corporate not-for-profit for him to finally realise that 'usefulness' was profoundly overrated. Likening his forced redundancy in late 2014 to Jonah being ‘vomited forth’ from the belly of a particularly nasty whale, Zac has since determined never again to succumb to such demeaning employment, and to put his time and skills into the service of higher ideals.
When he’s not busy helping the MercatorNet team as Associate Editor, Zac can be found working on his PhD in Philosophy of Religion, caring for his young son, writing freelance articles, or alternatively curing bacon, brewing beer, roasting coffee and baking bread as part of a long-term project to vindicate his deep desire for a better, more enriching way of life.
Zac lives in Adelaide, South Australia with his wife and son, from where he hopes to defy our dehumanising socio-economic system, achieve enlightenment, and make some really good rice-wine, though not necessarily in that order.
Zac blogs at http://zacalstin.com/
Tamara El-Rahi - 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 an online sub-editor.
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.
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 Auckland 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).
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.
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.
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.
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