DC Bureau Chief
Ellen Ratner has covered the White House for more than two decades as a correspondent and provides exclusive reports to over 400 national and regional talk radio stations from the halls of Congress and government agencies. Ms. Ratner can be seen regularly on Fox News’ “The Strategy Room.”
Timothy W. Maier is an award-winning managing editor/reporter with nearly three decades of leadership roles in print, radio and online news. Tim is a founding editor of the Examiner newspaper chain and also launched several start-up news companies, both including international websites with hundreds of stringers around the globe. His work has been cited by Pulitzer-Prize winning authors, published in the Congressional Record and turned into films. Mr. Maier has appeared on or worked with television outlets including 20/20, Fox and Friends, History Channel, and CNN, as well as hundreds of talk radio shows. He has won more than a dozen national and regional awards. Mr. Maier holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Speech and Communications with an emphasis on journalism.
Chief White House Correspondent
Deputy Bureau Chief
Justin Duckham is Washington, D.C. based political reporter who has covered Congress, the Pentagon, the White House and presidential campaign. Justin makes frequent appearances on FoxNews.com, where he has provided weekly media analysis for five years. In addition, he is heard on both local and nationally-syndicated radio programs. Previously, he was a music journalist, a topic in which he retains a keen interest. Mr. Duckham was a member UC Merced’s founding class, where he studied history, philosophy and American studies.
U.N. Bureau Chief
Luke Vargas is the Talk Media News U.N. bureau chief where he reports on diplomacy, global elections and international development. Luke spearheaded international coverage from more than 30 countries, reporting from Zika labs in Brazil, refugee camps in the Jordanian desert, military strategy rooms in Vietnam and the front lines of the Ukrainian revolution. A student of Eastern European and Russian history, Luke has traveled extensively across the former Soviet Union and frequently reports on Russian politics. He was among the first reporters to identify the political importance of the Crimean Peninsula during the 2014 Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine, and he reported from the port city of Sevastopol weeks before it became the focus of global attention. His political photography has been published by The New Yorker, CNN, Al-Jazeera and the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Mr. Vargas is a frequent guest on the BBC, South African Broadcasting Company, CBS TV affiliates and radio stations around the world.
Loree Lewis is the Talk Media News Pentagon Correspondent and reports on defense and diplomacy issues and the politics that shape it. Loree has followed the U.S. Secretary of Defense around the globe. She reported on the U.S. nuclear program from North Dakota, South Asian security from Singapore, Defense Department efforts to boost relations with the tech sector from San Francisco, the U.S. intervention in the Middle East from military command headquarters in Florida and Western Hemisphere defense cooperation from Trinidad and Tobago. She’s also headed coverage from the detention center at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba naval station. She has also reported from the campaign trail, covering the 2014 Kentucky Senate runoff and 2016 presidential race. Ms. Lewis’ photography has been published in the Los Angeles Times.
Jon-Christopher Bua is a Member of the White House Press Corps and the White House Commentator for Talk Media News. Jon-Christopher came to DC in 1993 after media training spokespeople for Governor Bill Clinton’s Campaign in 1992 and was later appointed to three senior executive communications positions in the Clinton Administration.
Technologist & Political Analyst
Shelly Kapoor is a frequent Tech Entrepreneur, Advisor and Investor who works at the intersection of Technology, Politics and Innovation. Named one of the twenty most influential global Indian women by Economic Times of India, Shelly is the Founder and CEO of Tech Hill Advisors based in Silicon Valley.
Regina Holmes edits Talk Media News content drawing on her more than two decades of experience as a journalist. Regina has edited and reported for news dailies including the Miami Herald, Newsday and the Baltimore Examiner. She also launched an award-winning investigative news website that tackled police and political corruption in Baltimore. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Baltimore County Public Schools. Regina has expertise in issues such as race relations, criminal justice, and police brutality. Ms. Holmes has a bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Capitol Hill Correspondent
Bryan Renbaum reports from Capitol Hill for Talk Media News. Bryan broke stories involving athletic and sexual assault scandals with the Baltimore Post-Examiner. His original investigation gained international attention, was featured in People Magazine and he was interviewed by ABC’s Good Morning America and local radio stations. Subsequently, Bryan broke a story documenting UMBC’s omission of a sexual assault on their daily crime log and a federal investigation related its handling of an alleged sexual assault. He has interviewed many prominent legislators and public figures including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas.) and former governor Jim Gilmore (R-Va.) Bryan previously worked in the insurance industry and also as a copywriter for a financial publication. Mr. Renbaum has a B.A. in Political Science from McDaniel College.
U.S. Supreme Court Correspondent
Gary Gately reports on the Supreme Court for Talk Media News. Gary won 15 national and local awards for investigative, public service, feature, business and travel stories. He has been published by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Examiner, the Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Dallas Morning News, Business Week, Newsweek, and numerous other news organizations.
Douglas Christian was born in Germany and grew up in suburbs of Boston. His parents, John and Lynda Christian, were professors at two universities in Cambridge. His mother was active in the woman’s rights movement in the 1960s and early 70s and was New England Vice President of the ACLU, New England Vice President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and the founding president of the NARAL’s Massachusetts branch, Massachusetts Organization to Repeal Abortion Laws.
Heliene Tobler is co-founder of DrTobler.com, a multimedia health and wellness information site. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Holistic Nutrition.
Patrick Gavin is the director of “Nerd Prom: Inside Washington’s Wildest Week,” a 2015 documentary that exposed the biggest annual event in Washington, D.C.: The White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He covered Washington politics for a decade beginning with his work as a writer at the Brookings Institution, then as a columnist at the Washington Examiner, then a reporter at mediabistro.com’s FishbowlDC website and, most recently, at Politico, where he focused on the nexus between Hollywood and Washington. Gavin has been a regular television contributor, including appearances on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and frequent hits on “Reliable Sources,” “Dateline,” “TODAY,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” C-SPAN, CBS’s “The Early Show,” and many others. He was named by The Atlantic as one of “The 30 Washington Insiders You Should Follow on Twitter,” by Business Insider as one of its “Most Influential People in Media” and by The Wrap as one of the “25 Media Insiders to Follow Right Now.”
Michael Olesker writes about politics, race, police, poverty, education, economic disparity, prison reform, sports, and the life of American cities. He’s been doing this for nearly half a century.
Food & Ag Correspondent
Matt Sabas is a communications associate with the White House Writers Group. In his role, he manages social media platforms and advises food and agriculture clients on a variety of federal policy issues.