Laura Flanders

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Laura Flanders
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Flanders on New York street
Born (1961-12-05) December 5, 1961 (age 54)
London, England
Occupation Journalist
Author, Broadcaster
Known for journalism
Partner(s) Elizabeth Streb
Parent(s) 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)
Website Flanders' website

Laura Flanders (born December 5, 1961) is an English broadcast journalist living in the United States, who presents the weekly, long-form interview show The Laura Flanders Show.

Life and career[edit]

Flanders is the daughter of the British comic songwriter and broadcaster Michael Flanders and the American-born Claudia Cockburn, first daughter of well-known radical journalist Claud Cockburn and American author Hope Hale Davis.[1] She grew up in the Kensington district of London and moved to the U.S. in 1980 at age 19.[2] She graduated from Barnard College in 1985 with a degree in history and women's studies.[3][4]

Flanders 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. In January 1993, she appeared on the ABC "Good Morning America" program as a spokesperson for FAIR to discuss how domestic violence increases during the annual Super Bowl.

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, and a daily TV show on Free Speech TV, "GRITtv with Laura Flanders" in 2008. That show aired for three years on Free Speech TV before moving to KCET/Linktv and teleSUR, as a weekly program.[5]

Flanders is a contributing writer for The Nation, and Yes Magazine and has also contributed to In These Times, The Progressive and Ms. Magazine.

Flanders has published several books: Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press 2007); Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 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 "At The Tea Party...." (O/R Books 2010) and The W Effect: Sexual Politics in the Age of Bush (2004) and contributed to "The Contenders," (Seven Stories, 2008) among others.


GRITtv is a weekly, 25 minute interview-style show featuring one in-depth interview with authors and thought leaders, including investigative reports, and a commentary by Flanders called "The F Word".[6]

Flanders has described herself as a "lefty person."[7] The brothers Alexander, Andrew and Patrick Cockburn—all journalists—are her half uncles. Author Lydia Davis is her half-aunt. Her sister is Stephanie Flanders, a former BBC journalist.[1]


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  2. ^ "The '90s Raw: Laura Flanders". Media Burn. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Feldman, Bob (October 26, 2005). "Laura Flanders: Anti-War Radio Journalist". Toward Freedom. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Team". The Laura Flanders Show. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  6. ^ "GRITtv website". Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  7. ^ "GRITtv Interview: Stefan Forbes". GRITtv. GRITtv. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 

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