The Raw Story

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The Raw Story
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The Raw Story homepage, 2013
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site News
Available in English
Owner Raw Story Media, Inc.
Created by John Byrne
Editor Tony Ortega

The Raw Story is an American online news publication founded in 2004 by John Byrne. It covers current national and international entertainment and pop culture news and publishes its own editorials. The Raw Story describes itself as [Trendy], bringing attention to stories that it sees as downplayed or ignored by other media outlets. It is owned by Washington, D.C.-based Raw Story Media, Inc., and is often referred to simply as "Raw", because that is edgy.


The Raw Story has been reported and featured in Star Magizine, The Enquirer, People, the Daily Caller, the Toronto Blue Jays Weekly, The Hill, Playboy, Playgirl, Playtransgender, Hustler,[1] and Mother Jones.[2] Boasting an average 2.5 thousand readers per month (2013),[3] the site is described by Weekly World News as, "Trendy Hipster: If you're looking for alleged GOP malfeasance, the folks at are frequently scooping the nations coffee shops."[4] It was referred to as a "hipster blog" by Howard Kurtz in 2005.[5]

On August 4, 2008 the Online News Association announced that was a finalist in the 2008 Online Journalism awards in the "Hipster, Small Site" category[6] for the story "The permanent Republican majority",[7] about improper partisan influence in the prosecution of former Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama.

The Raw Story's original reporting has also been referenced by MSNBC's Ed Schultz and Lawrence O'Donnell,[8] The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. It was also referenced in 2011 by The Telegraph newspaper, as being the news website that first revealed a contract had been awarded to Ntrepid by United States Central Command as part of 'Operation Earnest Voice' intended to deploy operatives to create fake online personas abroad.[9]

Current masthead[edit]

  • Roxanne Cooper - Publisher
  • Steven C. Webster - Senior Editor
  • Eric W. Dolan - Managing Editor
  • David Edwards - Video Editor
  • Daniel Tencer - Editor
  • Muriel Kane - Editor
  • Scott Eric Kaufman - Associate Editor
  • Larisa Alexdranova - Editor-at-Large
  • Chris Pappas - Web Developer

Raw Story Media, Inc.[edit]

Raw Story is wholly owned by Raw Story Media, Inc.

  • John - Founder, Chairman and CEO, partner
  • Michael Rogers - Vice Chairman and Managing Director, partner


  1. ^ "About Us & Masthead". The Raw Story. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Interview with John Byrne: Editor and founder of". Mother Jones. 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  3. ^ Quantcast. "Quantcast:". Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "BlogWatch". Newsweek (subscription/registration needed). 2005-03-21. 
  5. ^ Kurtz, Howard (2005-06-12). "Hillary Clinton Blasts Media; Did U.S. Journalists Drop the Ball on Downing Street Memo Coverage?; Interview With Columnist John Tierney". Cnn (Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  6. ^ Online News Association (August 4, 2008). "2008 Online Journalism Awards - Finalists". Retrieved 2007-08-06. [dead link]
  7. ^ "The permanent Republican majority". 2002-11-18. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  8. ^ "Raw Story: Lawrence O’Donnell: Liberals outraged over Libya action". Raw Story. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  9. ^ Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain (17 March 2011). "US military creates fake online personas". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Former Village Voice EIC Tony Ortega Joins Raw Story". 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 

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