- Global Climate Change Bureau
- Rattling The Bars
- Social Media
- The Real Baltimore
- The Whole Bushel
Paul Jay is the CEO and senior editor of The Real News Network. TRNN is an independent, daily video news service that is financed by viewer donations. It has a staff of 40 people in the U.S. and Canada and produces 90 minutes of original content each day. Paul has overseen the production of over 10,000 news stories and is the host of TRNN’s news analysis program Reality Asserts Itself. Previously, he was the co-creator and executive producer of CBC Newsworld’s independent flagship debate show CounterSpin for its 10 years on air.
He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 30 films under his belt including Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows; Return to Kandahar; and Never-Endum-Referendum. He was the founding chair of Hot Docs!, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, now the largest such festival in North America. Paul was born and raised in Toronto and now divides his time between Baltimore/DC and Toronto.
As a journalist and executive producer, Sharmini harnesses the power of research and policy institutions, independent media, social movements, and universities to form strategic partnerships for innovative programming at TRNN. Prior to joining TRNN, she served as the executive director of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, the Royal Commission on Systemic Racism in the Criminal Justice System, and the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, and managed the Human Rights Code Review Task Force in Ontario. Sharmini also worked as Economic and Trade Advisor to President Chavez and the government of Venezuela from 2003-2007.
A former member of the Black Panther Party, Eddie hosts and produces TRNN’s Rattling the Bars, where he guides viewers through the American criminal justice system. In 1971, he was wrongly convicted for the murder of a police officer and spent 44 years in prison before an appellate court ruled that his jury had been given improper instructions. Now, he helps TRNN shine a light on the institutional abuses that perpetuate mass incarceration.
Leandro has been a finance professional for twenty years. Though born in Canada, he attended high school in Baltimore and began his career in finance with Baltimore-based Legg Mason. As VP of Finance & Operations, he creates and maintains proper financial controls and management and reporting structures. He also handles the day-to-day operations of the non-editorial elements of TRNN.
Dharna is a producer for TRNN. She also acts as the Baltimore Bureau’s production coordinator under Senior Editor Paul Jay. Dharna received her BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied political philosophy and vocal music. Her work has been featured on Black Agenda Report and Popular Resistance.
As a producer for TRNN, Kayla is responsible for guest outreach and story development. Prior to her work at TRNN, Kayla produced and hosted programs for WRHU Radio Hofstra University. She worked as a fellow for Hofstra’s Center for Civic Engagement and as a program assistant and board member for The Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives. At TRNN, Kayla continues her work of fostering an informed and perceptive public.
Kathleen has worked in television and film for over a decade as a writer, director, and producer of both documentary and narrative films. Her films have been screened in cinemas and in national and international film festivals. Her work has also featured on the BBC, CBC, City TV, MTV Europe, PBS, W: The Women’s Network, ZDF (Germany), and other networks and media outlets. Kathleen has also worked as a freelance curator of experimental film and video art. As a journalist, she has written about politics and independent media for various publications.
Jaisal is a host, producer, and reporter for TRNN. With his expertise in education policy and systemic inequity, he focuses on Baltimore, Maryland. He mainly grew up in the Baltimore area and studied modern history at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining TRNN, he contributed print, radio, and TV reports to Free Speech Radio News, Democracy Now! and The Indypendent.
Tracey has 8 years of experience in marketing and experiential event production for Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. As Marketing Manager, she creates new business opportunities and community partnerships for TRNN and Baltimore Studios. She also serves as the event manager for the Raising Voices Film Series.
Dwayne Gladden manages the production studio of The Real News Network.
James is identifiable by his trademark purple beanie and the heavy bags beneath his eyes, a product of the many sleepless nights he’s spent trawling the darkest depths of Twitter. As our social media manager, James keeps abreast of the latest Internet trends and sensations, posting and tweeting at all hours of the day and night, often at great cost to his health and sanity, to ensure that TRNN stays relevant.
An experienced international press correspondent and documentary filmmaker, Oscar has worked for TRNN since 2010. Oscar was an editor and supervisor for The Empire Files and Days of Revolt. Oscar has reported from nine countries and more than twelve cities in the United States. His coverage includes TV reports, special reports, and TV specials covering a variety of subjects.
As studio manager, Chris handles all aspects of studio and field production at TRNN. He promotes the sales rental of the studio space and equipment and directs and engineers live national and international broadcast events. He is also responsible for the procurement and installation of radio equipment.
Before joining TRNN as an investigative journalist, Taya worked in Baltimore’s neighborhoods of color for years as an advocate and was awarded the Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Torchbearer Award and YANA’s (You Are Never Alone) “Love in Action” award. Her years of outreach to underserved communities have uniquely prepared her to connect with city residents. Now she cultivates relationships with Baltimore’s citizens to cover the stories on the ground.
Stephen is an investigative reporter and senior producer for TRNN’s Baltimore bureau. He manages both daily reporting tasks and long-term investigative projects. Stephen’s primary focus is on local Baltimore news, which most recently has included extensive coverage of the Freddie Gray case. In the face of government obfuscation and evasive politicians, he ferrets out the facts to keep Baltimore viewers informed.
As the host and producer of The Whole Bushel, Eze sits down with artists both veteran and green over Baltimore-style steamed crabs to discuss a range of topics, from art to activism to everything in between. Most know Eze as a talented rapper and activist from Baltimore. When he’s not fronting for his band Soul Cannon or touring and releasing solo albums, he’s using his experience in campaign management to improve his community and organize for political change. Eze has marched under many banners, supporting the fight for affordable healthcare, marriage equality, police reform, and other worthy causes.
Queenie joined TRNN as Baltimore’s office manager in 2013. She is responsible for maintaining the budget, payroll and payments of bills, and the day-to-day administration of the office complex. She has over ten years of experience in office management, having worked in similar positions in the US and around the world.
As web administrator, Hezvo is responsible for updating and maintaining the various components of the TRNN website. He is passionate about software and technology as tools for social improvement. At TRNN, where he has worked since 2007, Hezvo uses the latest in media software to ensure that our news delivery system is nothing short of revolutionary.
Daryl is a one-man army of custodial might. News is a dirty business, and the destruction that reporters leave in their wakes in pursuit of truth can leave an office devastated, a studio wasted, a control room wrecked. Daryl descends upon these scenes brandishing his broom like King Arthur’s Excalibur, slaying dust and disarray and returning order to our Baltimore Bureau.
Lynn runs a Geneva-based research & production unit with a primary focus on global economic issues. From 2007-2012, she was based in New York City, where she provided research content for TRNN economic programs. Prior to TRNN, Lynn was a Director working with Wall Street research teams of analysts and economists. In supporting TRNN, her longstanding professional experience now serves public interest broadcasting.
Bashi is a studio technician and editor for TRNN. He shoots and edits for Real News programs. Through his masterful work on iMiXWHATiLiKE, Bashi chronicles the shared history of hip-hop and Black radicalism to explore the intersection of activism and art.
As Campaign Manager, Uruj works to ensure TRNN’s brand of independent news stays nonprofit and people-powered. She collaborates with both the fundraising and editorial teams to grow resources and meet TRNN’s long-term goals. As an activist, she has organized against Islamophobia, campaigned for an end to mass incarceration, and fought to eliminate policing in schools. Uruj strives toward a vision of the future that embraces social and cultural differences and rejects inequality of any kind.
Cameron is a researcher, camera operator, and editor for TRNN. Cameron focuses on prisoners rights and grassroots organizing in Baltimore, MD. He brings his trained eye to creating and cutting together the shots that we broadcast to your screen.
Jocelyn creates designs for animation, print, and web at TRNN. Before working as a freelance artist, she studied cognitive science at the University of Alberta.
As Studio Systems Technician, David manages TRNN’s state-of-the-art technology. He also fulfills the roles of Senior Audio and Events Technician, handling A/V maintenance, studio design, and quality control. When TRNN goes live from its studios, David is on set to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Jared has a hand in every aspect of TRNN’s daily operations. As Booking Producer, he seeks and maintains relationships with potential guests, creates our daily production schedule, and coordinates with our partner organizations to ensure we are on top of the news cycle. Every news organization is made of many moving parts, and at TRNN, Jared orchestrates these movements into one smooth progression.