Our program was founded by Mark Bebawi on the eve of the “shock and awe” invasion of Iraq in 2003 in response to the poor quality of available news coverage at the time. Since then The Monitor has evolved into a weekly examination of consequential and under-reported news stories, including climate change, the global economy, corporate greed and malfeasance, torture, election fraud, foreign and domestic policy, government corruption, surveillance, September 11th and its repercussions, the military and militarization, human rights issues, and constitutional law.
Guests of our program have ranged from Nobel Prize-winning economists to cartoonists and film makers, each bringing you a unique and expert opinion. Every week we bring to our listeners opinion and commentary from people like Marjorie Cohn, John W. Dean, Lou Dubose, Robert Fisk, Amy Goodman, Seymour Hersh, Jim Hightower, Arianna Huffington, Ray McGovern, Greg Palast, Jeremy Scahill, Helen Thomas, Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Gore Vidal, Naomi Wolf, Howard Zinn, and many others. We are also proud to have once welcomed Molly Ivins to our program.
The Monitor crew has changed over the course our broadcasts since 2003. Initially Mark Bebawi anchored the show with Shannon Young. Shannon has since moved on to become the anchor of Free Speech Radio News. After Shannon’s departure, Phara Charmchy briefly joined the program. In Phara’s place, Pokey Anderson came to offer her tremendous journalistic abilities. Pokey has stepped-down as a full-time co-host of the program, but The Monitor crew considers her an invaluable part of the program to this day. She has always brought an eye for detail and determination to her favorite topic – elections and verifiable voting. Former program director of KPFT Otis McClay has recently joined us as an insightful guest co-host. For a long time shows were engineered by Byron Jackson of KPFT. Byron has since moved on. Todd Simmons quickly learned the ropes and engineered the show for more than seven years, leaving early 2015. The show is currently engineered by Bob Gartner and is searching for additional help. If you want to learn how to engineer a show email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why.
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