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:

Conor Donnan
Co-Founder

Conor Joseph Donnan is a co-founder of The Commoner. Outside of The Commoner, Conor is an academic specializing in History and American Studies. He is on the board of a compassionate listening non-profit named Someone To Tell It To.

Christopher Becker
Co-Founder

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.

 

Research Gate | ScholarWorks | LinkedIn | The Inquisitor (BLOG) | Talks with Taé (YouTube & Podcast Series)

Elissar Gerges
Contributor

Elissar Gerges has more than 10 years of experience as an AP and IBDP Biology teacher and Biology head of the department. She holds a Master of Science in Education from Walden University, a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development from the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership from Western University, Canada. Elissar’s research focus is on learning communities, team leadership, instructional leadership, and integrating citizenship in science education. She is a strong advocate of science media literacy to enable all students, as active citizens, to critically evaluate science in the media to make informed decisions.

Luke McGowan-Arnold
Contributor

Luke is another 20-something floating around in the American Wasteland. A recent Haverford College grad, he studied political science and black studies with a focus on black political theory. He is interested in writing and speculating about racial capitalism, the decline of American society, youth culture, DIY music, traveling and everything else. He also makes music under his moniker Huey, The Cosmonaut. He's passionate about space cowboys, martial arts, hard cider and audiobooks.