Staff

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John Hart
Editor in Chief

John Hart, an award-winning writer and journalist, is the Editor in Chief of Opportunity Lives, a news site dedicated to highlighting conservative solutions. Previously, Hart served as U.S. Senator Tom Coburn’s longtime communications director. Hart co-authored two books with Coburn
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Gillum Ferguson
Deputy Editor

Gillum Ferguson is the Deputy Editor of Opportunity Lives. Before joining OL, he worked for the Washington Free Beacon, the American Action Forum, and on both the House and Senate sides of Capitol Hill. He is a graduate of
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Jennifer Felten
Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Felten was born and raised in New York and has lived and worked in Washington, DC for the past 26 years. She is the chief operations officer for Opportunity News Media, LLC. Prior to joining ONM, Jennifer was the
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Israel Ortega
Senior Writer

Israel Ortega is a nationally recognized political commentator and a Senior Writer for Opportunity Lives, where he focuses on immigration, education, and other policy areas. He is a frequent guest on Telemundo and Univision, including “Al Punto” with Jorge Ramos,
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Evan Smith
Staff Writer

Evan Smith is a staff writer and radio producer from Ohio who has spent more than five years covering local and national news for a variety of publications. Before joining OL, he served as an investigative reporter for the

Contributors

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Kara McKee
Senior Policy Editor

Kara McKee is the Senior Policy Editor at Opportunity Lives. After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in Economics, Kara worked as a credit analyst for PIMCO specializing in municipal bonds, then went on to Washington D.C. where
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Carrie Sheffield
Senior Contributor

Carrie is a senior writer with Opportunity Lives based in Manhattan, where she tells stories on entrepreneurship, innovation and poverty solutions. She is also founder of Bold, a Millennial-focused, news & cultural platform centered on ideals of personal responsibility
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Ellen Carmichael
Senior Writer

Ellen Carmichael is a Senior Writer for Opportunity Lives and is the president of The Lafayette Company, a political communications firm based in Washington, D.C. She served as the communications director of Herman Cain's presidential campaign, as well as the