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.
Deputy Bureau Chief
Justin Duckham is Washington, D.C. based political reporter who has covered Congress, the Pentagon, the White House and presidential campaigns. 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.
Chief Foreign Correspondent
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 35 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.
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.
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 Editor
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.
Doug Christian has been a multimedia journalist for 20 years. He has interviewed and photographed figures such as Bill Gates, Cesar Chavez, George McGovern and William F. Buckley, Jr. He is a Senate Gallery approved photographer and photographs Congressional Hearings. In addition, he does videos of pertaining to the politics of Washington, from rallies and protests, to Congressional interviews. Doug records and produces a daily political news brief that is syndicated throughout the country. He resides in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
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.
Tom Squitieri is Talk Media News’ Pentagon correspondent, reporting on defense and diplomacy issues and the politics that shape them, the care of our service members and the security issues that confront us. He has been a journalist for more than three decades, covering politics, defense, international relations, Congress and the White House, crime, political scandals and wars. Tom has won three Overseas Press Club and three White House Correspondents’ Association awards for his reporting from war zones. He is a member of the National Press Club and Overseas Press Club and has been an officer in both organizations. He has been on all seven continents.
Bob Ney is a Political analyst for TMN, covering the White House, Congress, and specializes in Mideast issues.
He graduated from The Ohio State University and taught English in Shiraz, Iran to Persians in 1978. Leaving Iran due to the beginning of the revolution, he returned to the United States and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives (1980), Ohio Senate (1984) and the U.S. House in 1994 as a Republican in an overwhelming Democratic seat.
Bob became Chairman of the House Administration Committee, Chair of the Housing Sub Committee, Deputy Whip leadership position and member of the House Transportation Committee.
His legacy bill was the passage of the Help America vote act. co authored by now Democratic leader Steny Hoyer. HAVA in a bipartisan effort, modernized the American voting systems after the Bush/Gore election aftermath.
In 2006 Bob resigned from Congress due to the Jack Abramoff scandal and wrote a book about his time in politics and his incarceration in the federal corrections system. “ Sideswiped” (lessons learned courtesy of the hit men of Capitol Hill) was released in 2013.
Bob also volunteers helping people with recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, and is involved in other entrepreneurial ventures.. He makes his home in Ohio, Father of two grown children and five grandchildren.
Geoff West is the U.S. Supreme Court reporter for Talk Media News.
Geoff West joined TMN with nine years of experience covering federal and state politics and public policy for newspapers and nonprofit news organizations in Texas, Missouri and Washington, D.C. He holds a master’s degree in investigative reporting from Missouri School of Journalism and was an assistant editor and researcher for Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and the National Freedom of Information Coalition. He was born in Virginia Beach and lives with his wife in McLean.