Laura Flanders

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Laura Flanders
Laura Flanders by David Shankbone.jpg
Flanders at the 2007 Brooklyn Book Festival
Born (1961-12-05) December 5, 1961 (age 52)
London, England
Occupation Journalist
Radio presenter
Known for journalism
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Streb
Parents Michael Flanders and Claudia Cockburn
Relatives Stephanie Flanders (sister)
Olivia Wilde (half-cousin)
Alexander Cockburn (half-uncle)
Andrew Cockburn (half-uncle)
Patrick Cockburn (half-uncle)
Sarah Caudwell (half-aunt)
Leslie Cockburn (half-aunt by marriage)
Claud Cockburn (grandfather)
Flanders' website

Laura Flanders (born December 5, 1961) is an English-American broadcast journalist who presents the current events show GRITtv, broadcast weekdays on Link and Free Speech TV.

Life and career[edit]

Flanders grew up in the Kensington district of London and went to the U.S. at age 19.[1] In 1985, Flanders graduated from Barnard College with a degree in history and women's studies.[2][3]

Flanders has written for The Nation, In These Times, The Progressive and Ms. Magazine, and has contributed op-ed pieces to the San Francisco Chronicle. Flanders hosted the weekday radio show Your Call on KALW, before starting the Saturday/Sunday evening Laura Flanders Show on Air America Radio in 2004. It became the weekly one-hour Radio Nation in 2007. She was founding director of the women's desk at the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), and for a decade produced and hosted CounterSpin, FAIR's syndicated radio program.

Flanders has published four books: Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (2007); Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species (2004), a study of the women in George W. Bush's cabinet; and a collection of essays, Real Majority, Media Minority: The Cost of Sidelining Women in Reporting (1997). She edited The W Effect: Sexual Politics in the Age of Bush (2004).

Her TV appearances include Lou Dobbs Tonight, The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Washington Journal, Donahue, Good Morning America, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Ed Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV news discussion program counterSpin (not to be confused with the FAIR show of the same name).


GRITtv is a weekly, 25 minute interview-style show featuring one in-depth interview with authors and thought leaders, including plus a commentary section by Flanders called "The F Word" and "Chew On This", which highlights a documentary-in-progress or field reports from third parties.[4]

Flanders has described herself as a "liberal, lefty person."[5] She is the daughter of the British comic songwriter and broadcaster Michael Flanders and his wife Claudia Cockburn. The brothers Alexander, Andrew and Patrick Cockburn all journalists, are her uncles. Her sister is Stephanie Flanders, a former BBC journalist.


  1. ^ "The '90s Raw: Laura Flanders". Media Burn. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Scelfo, Julie (December 15, 2011). "At home with Elizabeth Streb and Laura Flanders: A High-Level Collaboration on a SoHo Loft". The New York Times. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Feldman, Bob (October 26, 2005). "Laura Flanders: Anti-War Radio Journalist". Toward Freedom. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "GRITtv website". Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  5. ^ "GRITtv Interview: Stefan Forbes". GRITtv. GRITtv. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 

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