Staff & Board
Richard MiniterChief Executive Officer
Richard Miniter is an award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author. He writes the “national security” column on Forbes.com. He was editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal Europe and was a member of the famed investigative team of The Sunday Times of London. As vice president of The Washington Times, Miniter turned around an ailing division and managed a team of 17 journalists.
He is the author of “Losing bin Laden,” “Shadow War,” “Mastermind” and “Leading From Behind.” Miniter has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, Forbes, New Republic, National Review and others.
He appears regularly on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and hundreds of radio programs.
William SchulzManaging Editor
For almost 40 years, Schulz served as a senior editor for Reader’s Digest, the world’s largest circulation English-language magazine. As Washington bureau chief and later executive editor, he assigned and edited thousands of carefully crafted narratives, more than any other editor in Reader’s Digest history. He has an extensive Rolodex of leading writers and a broad network of contacts among print, radio and television editors. The key to the Reader’s Digest‘s extraordinary growth was hard-hitting, fact-checked investigative stories. He brings back old-fashioned journalistic values to an industry much in need of them.
Stephen O’ConnorChief Operating Officer
Stephen O’Connor, formerly the publisher of three weekly independent business newspapers in Budapest, Warsaw, and Prague after the fall of the Berlin Wall, is the chief operating officer of the American Media Institute. He was presented with the Medal of Economic Freedom by the government of Hungary in 2005 and the Global Entrepreneur Award from the Grady School of Journalism at The University of Georgia in 2014. In Washington, D.C., he served as “champion” for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship where he judged business plans in D.C. public high schools.
John M. ShoremanGeneral Counsel
John M. Shoreman specializes in media law and First Amendment issues. His clients have included radio broadcasters, wireless carriers, book publishers, literary agents, newspaper distributors and best-selling authors.
Anastassiya RavduginaExecutive Administrative Assistant
Anastassiya Ravdugina earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Institute of Management and Economics in Omsk, Russia. She helps manage AMI’s day-to-day operations, supporting management with research, information, presentations, scheduling and correspondence.
Tracy SelfDeputy Director of Development
Tracy Self earned a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. She helps manage AMI’s donor communications, recruitment, and retention.
Nancy BonomoVice President of Administration
Nancy Bonomo has worked for more than 30 years in government, consulting, corporate, nonprofits, and law firms. Most recently she was with Booz Allen Hamilton as an associate, then at Woolsey Partners LLC as Chief Operating Officer. She worked with former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey for over 25 years. She holds an MBA from George Washington University. Nancy oversees AMI’s accounting, IT, outside vendors, and human resources.
Board of Directors
What does the Board of Directors do?
The Board of Directors is the governing body of AMI. Directors help to guide the organization’s policies and strategic direction. Acting as a check on management, they scrutinize all finances including executive compensation. Directors are independent, term-limited, and hail from diverse backgrounds including network television, academia, private equity, government services, and charitable foundations.
Jeff Ballabon is the former spokesman and senior vice president of CBS News.
Heather HigginsChairman, Independent Women's Forum and Independent Women's Voice
Heather Higgins is chairman of the Independent Women’s Forum and president of Independent Women’s Voice. She writes most frequently for The Wall Street Journal.
Keya DashPrincipal, Dash Investments
Keya Dash is a principal at Dash Investments, a commercial real-estate investment corporation.
James LucierManaging Director, Capital Alpha Partners, LLC
James Lucier is a Managing Director at Capital Alpha Partners, a research firm for institutional investors.
Richard MiniterCEO, American Media Institute
Richard Miniter is an award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author.
Richard PerleFormer Chairman, Defense Policy Board
Richard Perle served as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, assistant secretary of defense for international security policy, and as a staff member to Senator Henry Jackson (D-Washington).
Media Advisory Board
What does the Media Advisory Board do?
AMI strives to pursue stories that can be proven (or disproven) on time and on budget. Our goal is to produce news articles that educate the general public about the workings of government, businesses, and unions to hold accountable those persons who claim to serve the public. On a regular basis, Media Advisory Board members review proposals for investigative news articles alongside AMI editors and other staff. Advisers draw on their decades of journalism experience to help AMI select and prioritize the most promising proposals. Advisers may also draw on their industry relationships to suggest outside writers for certain topics. Advisers have no governing, financial, or fiduciary responsibility; instead, they are here to suggest, cajole, and quip.
Adam BellowEditorial Director of Broadside Books/HarperCollins
Adam Bellow is editorial director of Broadside Books/HarperCollins and publisher of Liberty Island Media. Previously he was executive editor-at-large for Doubleday/Random House and editorial director of The Free Press/Simon & Schuster.
Lee HabeebAmerican Talk Radio Executive & Producer
Lee Habeeb is vice president of content development at Salem Radio Network, the nation’s largest syndicator.
Mark HymanVP of Sinclair Broadcasting
Mark Hyman is vice president of Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest owner-operator of television stations.
Rob LongWriter and Television Producer
Rob Long is a writer and producer in Hollywood. He began his career writing and producing TV’s long-running “Cheers,” and served as co-executive producer in its final season. During his time on the series, “Cheers” received two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes. He is co-founder of Ricochet.com, an online news and opinion portal.
David MartoskoUS Politics editor at the Daily Mail
David Martosko is U.S. political editor at The Daily Mail, the world’s most-read newspaper website. Globally, The MailOnline reaches more than 200 million visitors per month, including more than 67 million in the United States — dwarfing The New York Times’ 34 million U.S. readers.
Deroy MurdockNationally Syndicated Columnist
Deroy Murdock is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service.
Michael PackPresident of Manifold Productions, Inc.
Michael Pack is former senior vice president for television programing for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Today, he produces award-winning nationally broadcast documentaries for PBS.
John TamnyEditor at RealClearMarkets
John Tamny is editor of RealClearMarkets.com.
Brian TimponeLocal News Entrepreneur
Brian Timpone is CEO of LocalLabs, a leading producer of local news for newspapers and other media. LocalLabs is 30%-owned by Tribune Media. He is a former local reporter for CBS television affiliates.
Chris ZarpasProducer of The Sandlot , GI Jane, and many other major films
Chris is the former vice president of production and acquisitions at the Walt Disney Company and CEO of Scott Free, the motion picture and television production company founded by Ridley and Tony Scott. His producer credits include The Sandlot, G.I. Jane, and for HBO, the movie RKO 281, for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Television Movie or Miniseries.
James Bovard has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic and Reader’s Digest
J. Michael Waller
J. Michael Waller, a journalist and scholar who specializes in national security affairs, has been published in Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, The Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal
Douglas Rogers, an award-winning author, travel writer and journalist, writes for The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and The Times of London. He is the author of “The Last Resort: A Memoir of Mischief and Mayhem on a Family Farm in Africa,” (Crown/Random House), selected as the 2010 British Guild of Travel Writers Book of the Year
Ralph K. Bennett
Ralph K. Bennett is a veteran journalist who has reported and written for The New Haven Register, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and, for more than three decades, the Reader’s Digest. His reporting has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
Stuart Taylor, Jr.
Stuart Taylor Jr., formerly a U.S. Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, is a nationally renowned writer on legal issues and a Brookings Institution nonresident senior fellow. He has written for The Atlantic, Slate, Newsweek, The New Republic, Harper’s, National Journal, Legal Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. The New York Times nominated him for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and was admitted to the bar in Washington, D.C.
Susan Katz Keating
Susan Katz Keating writes for People and Time. Her work has also appeared in Reader’s Digest, The New York Times and Air and Space magazine. She covered the Seal assault on Osama Bin Laden for People, and she is the author of “Prisoners of Hope” (Random House).
William Tucker has written for Harper’s, Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of “Terrestrial Energy” (Bartleby Press).