Our Team

The Commoner relies on an all-volunteer team of students, activists, and non-profit leaders. Our team provides news and educational resources to people across the globe. We have widely differing personal backgrounds and political views, but we share a common commitment to truthful reporting and open-minded dialogue. Indeed, we all believe in the importance of empathy and compassion.

You can find out more about our team members below:

Dawaun Davis
Co-Founder

Dawaun Davis is a co-founder and Executive Director at The Commoner. He is an activist and political writer from Baltimore, MD. Davis is a proud Foundational Black American, and he hopes to use his platform at The Commoner to help young Black people with their struggles.

Conor Donnan
Co-Founder

Conor Joseph Donnan is a co-founder of The Commoner. Outside of The Commoner, Conor is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is on the board of a compassionate listening non-profit named Someone To Tell It To.

Christopher Becker
Vice President and Senior Political Correspondent

Christopher Becker is the Senior Political Correspondent at the Commoner.  He is a civil litigator practicing in New York. Christopher graduated from the University of Alabama’s School of Law in 2016. There, he was a Senior Editor of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review.

Darrell Laurant
Director of Content

Darrell Laurant is a veteran journalist who previously worked at the News & Advance (Lynchburg). He published over 7,000 pieces in three decades. Darrell has covered papal visits, the Olympics, American sports, and political issues in Virginia. He has also written a variety of books, including "Inspiration Street: Two City Blocks that Helped Change America. At The Commoner, Darrell is a leading contributor on American news.

Megan Bauer
Political Correspondent

Meg Bauer is a political correspondent covering national news at the Commoner. She is recent graduate of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with a major in marketing. She currently works for a market research consulting firm in Michigan but has always had a passion for writing. Meg is especially interested in the topics of healthcare, environmental sustainability, and mental health awareness. In her free time, Meg enjoys yoga, playing guitar, and finding new recipes to try.

LaTaè Johnson
Contributor

LaTaè Johnson is a 2021 graduate of Arcadia University’s International Peace & Conflict Resolution master’s program. Her natural inclination for inquisition has guided her to follow her every curiosity. Although this impulse was not always embraced in the high school setting, by the undergraduate and graduate periods of her education, she was been able to harness and rein in on this strength while studying the intersectional disciplines of international and peace studies that welcomed that curiosity and willfulness to analyze the interconnectivity of everything -- often especially relating to identity, culture, and politics. The discipline and determination that blossomed through those formative years resulted in studying abroad, a year-long internship at the Foreign Policy Research Institute of Philadelphia, the creation of a documentary series The Local-Global History of Philadelphia which focuses on representation for immigrant groups in Philadelphia and aims to connect local and global community, and gaining experience in political organizing. Post-grad, LaTaé currently finds herself a high school teacher by day during the fall and winter, but a journalist by night -- year-round! Both of which satisfy her undying attachment to incessant learning and analysis.

 

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