Mark Casey (columnist)
Mark Casey is a nationally syndicated columnist and social commentator. His commentary and analysis have been featured on MSNBC.com, Business Week, and in newspapers throughout the country, from the Baltimore Sun to the Santa Monica Daily Press.
Mark Casey's work has become known for its broad social appeal, and in particular its ability to capture the younger demographics, often referred to as "the Daily Show crowd," in reference to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central.
While he is widely followed for his political opinions, Casey has stated on his blog that he prefers to be thought of as a "cultural" writer, claiming that "Politics is far too narrow and bland a field for any writer to be pigeonholed with."
While still a student at Indiana University, where he was a writer and managing editor at the school's acclaimed paper, the Indiana Daily Student, Mark Casey also co-founded the popular, but now defunct, political blog "Deny My Freedom," which was only the beginning of his interest in social media and digital publishing.
Throughout his career, Casey has been a vocal supporter and participant in social media and publishing, which he calls "Web 2.0 Democracy." Even as his career and popularity as a straight writer has grown, he has remained an active member of social communities such as Daily Kos and Newsvine.
After leaving Indiana University, Mark Casey co-founded Melted Reel Online, an online entertainment news and film criticism magazine, where he was an editor for over a year, and remains an occasional contributor.
Social and Political Commentary
After founding Melted Reel Online, Mark Casey was hired on as a columnist for his hometown newspaper, the Hendricks County Flyer. Almost immediately, his columns were picked up for syndication nationally by companies such as the Georgetown Media Group in Washington D.C., as well as several others.
Despite having the option of being distributed by large syndication agencies, Casey has at various times expressed his desire for independence and self-determination, saying on his website, "I have a great respect for individual papers. As such, I prefer to keep my fees low, and to forge real relationships with my editors -- that’s why I have chosen not to be processed through a syndication service."
Before returning to journalism, which he calls his "original passion," Mark Casey spent time in Ohio working with John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. He also served as the Blogging and "Netroots" coordinator for the 2006 Barry Welsh campaign for U.S. Congress.