November 27, 1963 |
John Aravosis (born November 27, 1963) is an American Democratic political consultant, journalist, civil rights advocate, and blogger. Aravosis, an attorney who lives in New York City, is the founder and executive editor of AMERICAblog.
Aravosis has a joint law degree and master's degree in foreign service from Georgetown, where he studied under former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. He also has an undergraduate degree in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Diplôme Supérieur from the Cours de Civilisation Française of the Sorbonne, in Paris, France.
Aravosis worked on Capitol Hill in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a foreign policy adviser for Ted Stevens, a Republican senator from Alaska, before becoming a Democrat. He subsequently worked at the World Bank, the Children's Defense Fund, as the US Politics editor at About.com, and as a stringer for The Economist. In 1997, Aravosis started, and still runs, his own political Internet consulting business. He has a speciality in using the Internet for political advocacy and international development that has brought him to Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
In 2004, Aravosis launched AMERICAblog, a progressive news blog dealing in politics (because, according to its masthead, "a great nation deserves the truth"). In March 2015, Aravosis announced that he was leaving blogging, taking a new job at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and relinquishing his role at AMERICAblog. In 2016, Aravosis returned to his role as executive editor of AMERICAblog.
A study of blogs and the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election ranked AMERICAblog as the 18th most popular liberal blog for October–November 2004. In 2005, less than one year after its launch, AMERICAblog was ranked fifth in page views among all political blogs in an analysis done by MyDD. In 2008, PC Magazine ranked AMERICAblog as one of the "20 best political Web sites." At the time, PC Magazine wrote: "You'll want to keep AMERICAblog on your radar." In 2009, AMERICAblog was ranked as one of the top ten political blogs by the Personal Democracy Forum, and as the 23rd most popular political blog by Wikio. In 2010, Technorati ranked AMERICAblog in the top 100 political blogs and top 100 US politics blogs, and in 2013 Pingdom cited AMERICAblog as one of the top 100 blogs. The New York Times includes AMERICAblog among 17 "politics & government" blog that it recommends. And Rolling Stone once wrote of AMERICAblog: "We trust you are all reading AMERICAblog… you’ll be better Amurricans for it.”
In 2006, Aravosis learned that a number of commercial websites were selling people's private cell phone records, and that the practice was legal. In order to publicize what he considered a problem, Aravosis purchased the call records of former presidential candidate and Supreme Allied Commander of NATO General Wesley Clark for $89.95, and then published the records (with the numbers blacked out) on AMERICAblog, bringing the issue widespread attention. In September 2006, California passed a state law banning the practice of pretexting, or pretending to be someone else, used by the websites, with the bill's sponsor specifically citing the AMERICAblog coverage. Clark became an advocate of cell record privacy bills in Congress. Within months, Congress passed a law restricting these records.
In 2011, Aravosis received a tip that British oil giant BP (British Petroleum) was posting falsified photos to its website during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He analyzed the photos, then published an article on AMERICAblog proving that the images were doctored electronically. The story received widespread coverage in the media.
Aravosis was a sometime TV pundit, having appeared on CNN's "Reliable Sources" and "Larry King Live," ABC's "World News Tonight" and "Nightline," MSNBC's "Hardball," and Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," among others.
Aravosis is also a prominent first-generation Greek-American, and has written about the influence his Greek heritage has had on his political work. Aravosis' uncle Yiannis Haralambopoulos was imprisoned and beaten by Greece's military junta in the early 1970s. In the decade after Greece's return to democracy, Haralambopoulos became, at various times, the country's Deputy Prime Minister, Defense Minister, Foreign Minister, and United Nations ambassador under the government of Andreas Papandreou. A mutual ancestor of Aravosis and Haralambopoulos, Dimitris Papatsoris, was one of the regional leaders in the south for the Greek war of independence.
- Aravosis, John. "About Us". AMERICAblog).
- John Aravosis bio at LinkedIn
- Aravosis, John (December 9, 1999). "Beyond the law's reach?". The Economist (via LinkedIn).
- Aravosis, John (February 3, 2000). "They know how you'll vote". The Economist (via LinkedIn).
- Aravosis, John (November 11, 1999). "Downloading hate". The Economist (via LinkedIn).
- Quoted in The Advocate 2009
- "Why I'm leaving blogging". AMERICAblog. March 12, 2015.
- Adamic, Lada and Glance, Natalie, The Political Blogosphere and the 2004 U.S. Election: Divided They Blog(March 4, 2005)
- "Partisan, Political Blogosphere Traffic Rankings s". MyDD. Feb 27, 2005. Retrieved Sep 28, 2009.
- The 20 Best Political Web Sites | PCMag.com
- Top 50 blogs | Personal Democracy Forum
- "WordPress increases its domination of the top 100 blogs". Pingdom. May 7, 2013.
- Meislin, Rich. "Blogs 101". The New York Times.
- Frank Main (January 13, 2006). "Blogger Buys Presidential Candidate's Call List". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2007-02-12. Republished on the Common Dreams NewsCenter.
- Bob Sullivan (June 20, 2006). "Who's buying cell phone records online? Cops". NBC News.
- Associated Press (February 9, 2006). "The Spy in Your Pocket". FOX News.
- "Governor Signs Simitian Bill to Outlaw 'Pretexting,' Prohibit Purchase and Sale of Phone Records". Joe Simitian. September 29, 2006.
- Kristina Dell (March 19, 2006). "The Spy in Your Pocket". TIME magazine. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- Jennifer Granick (December 20, 2006). "The Bush Era Draws to a Close". Wired.
- John Aravosis (July 19, 2010). "BP photoshops fake photo of oil spill crisis command center to make it look busy". AMERICAblog.
- Jason Hanna (July 22, 2010). "BP acknowledges another altered photo, posts originals". CNN.
- Steven Mufson (July 20, 2010). "Altered BP photo comes into question". Washington Post.
- Wilson Rothman (July 20, 2010). "BP digitally alters press photo, confesses it's fake". NBC News.
- Kirsten Korosec (July 30, 2010). "BP and the Gulf Oil Spill: Misadventures in Photoshop". CBS News.
- Anjli Raval (July 21, 2010). "Erasing the mistakes: BP's lessons in Photoshop". Financial Times.
- "Quand BP truque les photos de sa communication de crise". Le Monde. July 21, 2010.
- "DemsTV.com Launches". March 11, 2005.
- Gupta, Shankar (March 7, 2006). "Left-Wing PoliticsTV.com Debuts Online". Online Media Daily. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
- John Aravosis discusses the Obama budget on CNN's "Reliable Sources," February 20, 2011
- John Aravosis discusses President Obama's evolving position on marriage equality, on MSNBC's "Harball," June 23, 2011
- "Greeks Gone West". Kathimerini. July 22, 2014.
- "Theio Yianni". AMERICAblog. September 3, 2007.
- Ano Dorio, Wikipedia.
- John Aravosis interviewed by French daily Marianne about blogging
- John Aravosis talks about online fundraising with journalists and students at the US Embassy in Rome, Italy