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The North Star National

Our mission is to bring American readers the latest, most thought-provoking news, opinion and features, as it happens.

The North Star National launched on September 14, 2009 – the logical outgrowth of the North Star Writers Group syndicate, which began serving American newspapers with opinion and feature material in December 2005.

We are also committed to rising above the trend that seems to pigeonhole most online media into one ideological camp or another. Among our writers are conservatives, liberals and those who defy labeling

Our Team

Dan Calabrese

Dan Calabrese

Founder, CEO and editor in chief of North Star Writers Group. He has written a column – originally weekly and now twice-weekly – for the syndicate since its founding in December 2005. Calabrese’s column is also published by The Michigan View, the online opinion site operated by The Detroit News. An accomplished journalist, Dan frequently writes for DBusiness Magazine and many other magazines, and is an Addy-award winning advertising writer.

Eric Baerren

Eric Baerren

A columnist for the Mount Pleasant Daily Sun. His column is one of the Daily Sun’s most popular features. Eric rejoins North Star Writers Group after being syndicated here from 2006 through 2009, during which he also doubled as our food writer under the pseudonym The Laughing Chef.

Jocelyn Benson,

Jocelyn Benson,

A Wayne State University professor of election law, was the 2010 Democratic nominee for Michigan Secretary of State, coming closer to victory than any other Democratic statewide candidate that year. Jocelyn is also the CEO and founder of the Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration, and led the highly successful 2011 Michigan Citizens’ Redistricting Competition.

Herman Cain

Herman Cain

Former CEO of Godfathers Pizza, having won wide acclaim in the business community for successfully turning around the chain and ultimately buying it from parent company Pillsbury, where advanced quickly as a highly regarded executive. An unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2004, Herman ultimately was hired to host a weeknight talk show on WSB-AM in Atlanta.

Jake Davison

Jake Davison

Lansing-based writer and President of political consulting and public relations firm Advantage Associates. Previously, he was Michigan State Director of Communications and Policy for Americans For Prosperity, Senior Account Executive at Rossman Public Relations, Press Secretary for the House Republican Communications Office, and Deputy Research Director for the Michigan Republican Party.

David Karki

David Karki

A born-and-raised Minnesotan with a lifelong interest in politics, majoring in Political Science at St. Olaf College in Northfield in 1994 before serving as an assistant press secretary on Sen. Rudy Boschwitz’s 1996 U.S. Senate campaign. Since then, he has worked in the IT field (developing a healthy love/hate relationship with Microsoft) and cheered rabidly for the Minnesota Vikings at every opportunity. He presently resides in Bloomington, Minnesota.

James Melton

James Melton

Former opinion page editor for Crain’s Detroit Business and currently serves as communications director for Inforum Michigan. James is also the founder and publisher of Michigan Positive, a publication where readers can learn about – and be inspired by – the good news about Michigan. The publication focuses on the innovation, entrepreneurial energy compassion and can-do spirit that are remaking our state.

Joe Pierce

Joe Pierce

Proud owner of SFI Coop. They sell guaranteed signups to free membership sites like SFI, Wealthy Affiliate, etc. He is working on a new site that will include reviews and opinions of all of the products, tools and services that he has been using on his Internet Marketing ventures! To capitalize on this movement he started researching home networking businesses, Internet marketing, affiliate marketing and the tools required.

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North Star Writers Group has been serving American newspapers with opinion and feature material since December 2005.

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