Anna Weggel is a Public Insight Analyst, which means she spends her time crafting questions about upcoming story topics to send to sources in the Public Insight Network and then produces web, audio and video content featuring those sources.
Before finding her home at APM in 2008, Anna received her B.A. in journalism, was the editor in chief of The Minnesota Daily, and internship hopped through Mother Jones, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and the Downtown Journal. Anna's non-work life is held hostage by the stage -- where she performs improv comedy and shows with her lady bluegrass band.
Lisa Boylan is a real undecided voter and she is doing her homework. Military ties and religious beliefs pull her one direction, her experience with health care and government assistance pulls her another.
This episode of PINcast is all about collaboration. Lately the PIN editorial team has been working with three news organizations -- This American Life, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and the BBC World Service -- to tell stories about democracy, relationships and how we care for returning veterans.
Liza Long recognizes her family doesn't fit this year's political stereotypes. She's a female, Catholic Romney supporter, while her son is a Mormon Obama supporter in Idaho. Her family's divided loyalties haven't divided the family, though. Political conversations at the dinner table are stimulating and respectful -- and sometimes even funny.
In an election year focused on economic issues more than foreign policy, Kristen McMillen is the exception. She's engaged to an Army infantryman -- and has found herself truly caring about an election's outcome for the first time in her voting life.
Rev. Bonnie Wilcox, like so many clergy around the country, knows her congregation is politically divided. She walks a delicate line between offering pastoral guidance about "moral issues" and keeping her own political views to herself -- even on social media, where she is both minister and "friend."
Is Facebook actually helping you express yourself in ways you wouldn't feel comfortable doing in person? Have you learned something important from a Twitter post? Or are you so sick of election noise that you turn to social networks as a form of refuge?
Every two years — and especially every four — Americans are confronted with a red-blue divide that polarizes the candidates and the public. The stories we've heard from more than 500 people paint a picture of a social fabric under tremendous strain from the pressures of the political season.