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Laura Flanders
Born December 5, 1961 (age 47)
United Kingdom
Occupation journalist and radio presenter
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Streb
Parents 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)

Laura Flanders (born December 5, 1961) is a British-born US-based journalist who presents the current events show GRITtv, broadcast weekdays on Link and Free Speech TV.

She has written for The Nation, In These Times, The Progressive and Ms. Magazine, and has contributed op-ed pieces to the San Francisco Chronicle. 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. She 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.

Flanders has published four books: Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (2007); Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species (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 The W Effect: Sexual Politics in the Age of Bush (2004).

Her TV appearances include Lou Dobbs Tonight, The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Washington Journal, Donahue, Good Morning America, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Ed Show, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV news discussion program counterSpin (not to be confused with the FAIR show of the same name).

Flanders has described herself as a "liberal, lefty person."[1] She is the daughter of the British comic songwriter and broadcaster Michael Flanders and his wife Claudia Cockburn. The brothers Alexander, Andrew and Patrick Cockburn all journalists, are uncles.


  1. ^ "GRITtv Interview: Stefan Forbes". GRITtv. GRITtv. Retrieved 2008-11-09.  

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