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KIrsten Powers

Kirsten Powers is an author, USA Today columnist, and CNN political analyst where she appears regularly across the channel including Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and The Lead with Jake Tapper.  The Washington Post has called Powers “bright-eyed, sharp-tongued, [and] gamely combative.”

Beginning March 2018, Powers will also co-host The Faith Angle podcast with religion reporter Jonathan Merritt.  The Faith Angle will be part of the Relevant Podcast Network and will focus on the intersection of faith and politics. 

Powers spent eleven years at Fox News as a political analyst and contributor where she appeared regularly across the channel including Special Report with Bret Baier, Fox News Sunday, The Kelly File and The O’Reilly Factor. Mediaite deemed her “Fox’s liberal to be reckoned with.”

Prior to her career in journalism, Powers was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration from 1993-1998 where she served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs.  She later worked in New York state and city Democratic politics including serving as press secretary for Andrew Cuomo’s 2002 governor’s race and as a consultant to the New York State Democratic Committee. She was also Vice President for International Communications at America Online, Inc. from 1998-2002.

Her writing has been published in the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the Dallas Morning News, the New York ObserverSalon.com, the Daily Beast, the New York PostElle magazine and American Prospect online. 

A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Powers currently resides in D.C.

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Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics. He currently serves as a contributing writer for The Atlantic,  contributing editor for The Week, and senior columnist for Religion News Service. Jonathan has published more than 3000 articles in respected outlets such as The New York Times, USA TodayBuzzfeedThe Washington Post and Christianity Today. As a respected voice, he regularly contributes commentary to television, print, and radio news outlets and has been interviewed by ABC World News, NPR, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox News, and CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Jonathan is author of several critically-acclaimed books, including Learning to Speak God from Scratch, Jesus is Better Than You Imagined, and A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars. and has collaborated on or ghostwritten more than 50 additional books, with several titles landing on the New York TimesUSA Today, or Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. Additionally, he trains hundreds of young writers through his Write Brilliant course.

Named one of “30 young influencers reshaping Christian leadership“ by Outreach Magazine, Jonathan is a sought after speaker at colleges, conferences, and churches. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

Jonathan currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.


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