About the Beacon

The Bucks County Beacon is an independent media outlet that offers news, analysis, and opinion from a progressive perspective. We also report the stories that other local media outlets can’t or don’t cover, especially the growing threat of right-wing extremism to our schools, government, and democracy. Local media in Bucks County has been decimated over the past decade by corporate layoffs and the Beacon is working to fill the information gap. We publish writers and activists who may be your neighbors in Bucks County, or who are reporting and organizing across Pennsylvania for a progressive future.

We are a reader-supported, popular, and participatory media outlet that acts as a catalyst for community organizing and action, and progressive change. To be part of this progressive movement media, contact Editor Cyril Mychalejko at cmychalejko@gmail.com. Sign up for our weekly newsletter, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to read and share all of our stories.

Staff

Ben waxman | Publisher

Ben Waxman is the owner and publisher of the Bucks County Beacon. He has nearly two decades of experience working in advocacy, communications, and government. Ben previously held high-profile communications roles at the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus, Philadelphia Daily News, and the United Food and Commercial Workers. Most recently, he served as Director of Communications for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Emily Smith | Chief Operating Officer

Emily Smith is the Chief Operating Officer of the Bucks County Beacon. She is a seasoned design professional with nearly a decade of experience in strategic communications. Emily has spent nearly two decades working with startups and small businesses. Beyond her design chops, Emily is a creative problem solver, and business strategist. She has also owned her own graphic design firm since 2003, working with nearly every imaginable client including small businesses, giant corporations, non-profits, and community organizations.

Cyril Mychalejko | Editor in Chief

Cyril Mychalejko is the Editor-in-Chief of the Bucks County Beacon.  He has over two decades of journalistic experience. His work has appeared in The Bucks County Courier Times, The Intelligencer, Upside Down World, Common Dreams, TruthOut, and other publications. Read his columns on Sundays and follow him on Twitter.

Key contributors

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Jennifer Cohn

Jennifer Cohn is an attorney, election integrity advocate, and political writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Who What Why, The Independent, TYT Investigates, The Brad Blog, and Salon. You can follow her on Twitter at @jennycohn1.

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Jenny Stephens

Jenny Stephens is a freelance journalist who has written for a variety of publications, including The Reporter. An avid collector of all things vintage, she resides in Lansdale, PA.

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Kierstyn Zolfo

Kierstyn Zolfo is a volunteer organizer with Indivisible Bucks County and Pennsylvania Indivisible. She and her husband live in Newtown Township.

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Molly Parzen

Molly Parzen is Executive Director of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, a statewide environmental advocacy group.

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Kadida Kenner

Kadida Kenner is the CEO of the New Pennsylvania Project, a statewide voting rights organization with a primary focus on voter registration, civic engagement and mobilization, and co-chair of Why Courts Matter — Pennsylvania, a campaign educating Pennsylvanians about the importance of the independence of both the federal and state courts. She writes from Chester County. She writes from Chester County.

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Emily French is a resident of Bucks County and has worked in the fields of community based Youth Drug & Alcohol prevention. She currently works to educate students throughout Bucks…
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Garen Meguerian is a civil rights, free speech lawyer, practicing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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Robin Reid is a senior at Pennridge High School. You’ll often find her volunteering at local events. She’s a passionate advocate for all students, and is looking forward to learning…
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Kevin Mahoney is a professor at Kutztown University. He is also founder and editor of Bucks County’s progressive Raging Chicken Media podcast.
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Barbara Simmons retired after serving as executive director of The Peace Center for over thirty years, a peace and justice organization in Bucks County. Simmons spent 20 years as an…
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Rachel Fitzpatrick and Jessica Dziobecki (pronouns she/her/hers) are PFLAG Bucks County leaders.
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Sarah Zhang (she/they) is a 2021 CB East graduate and rising sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill studying computer science, political science, and data science. She is currently the field organizer for…
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Steve studied philosophy at the University of Chicago where he developed critical inquiry and writing skills that enriched all his endeavors in life. He moved with his family to Bucks…
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Catherine Caruso is a Pennsylvania-based freelance writer with a focus on culture, politics, education, and LGBTQ rights.
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David I. Backer is an associate professor of education policy at West Chester University. His research and organizing focus on ideology, school finance, and facilities. He tweets at @schooldaves.
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Blair Haney grew up in Newtown and Holland, Bucks County, graduated from Council Rock, and now resides in New England where he attended college. Blair is an avid outdoorsman, public…
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Mark Pinsley is a small business owner, a veteran of the Army Reserves, the current Lehigh County Controller, and a Candidate for State Senate 16th District.
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Dr. Michael D. Gambone is the author of nine books, including most recently Modern Conspiracies in America: Separating Fact from Fiction (2022) and The New Praetorians: Modern American Veterans, Society,…
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David O'Donnell recently ran for School Board Director in Pennridge SD. He has been a manager in Retail and Hospitality for over 20 years. He works within the community through…
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Dr. Alison Dagnes is a Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She is the author of "Super Mad at Everything All the Time: Political Media and Our…
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Steve Nolan spent 30 years in the military and 25 years as a mental health professional. He has published in numerous journals and his poetry was featured on National Public…
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Amy Knecht is a local writer, activist and student of American history. She occasionally guest hosts Raging Chicken Press's The Friday Show with Kevin Mahoney discussing local school boards and…
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Anusha Viswanathan is a parent in the Central Bucks School district. Her love for books began in the fourth grade, when she was the “new kid” in a new country.…
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Luisa Marcela Ossa is a humanities professor in the Philadelphia region.
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Christina Lengyel is a freelance writer and editor. She is passionate about service and community.
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Dr. William Horne is a teacher, writer, speaker, editor, and historian of racial capitalism and Black liberation. He is the co-founder and editor of The Activist History Review and an…
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Alexandra Coffey is an activist and organizer with both Bucks Liberation Coalition and Youth4Unity. She is a rising junior at CB West.
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Devyn Costello-Henderson is a 19-year-old activist who has been organizing for the pro-choice movement in Bucks County, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington D.C. She is currently studying classical vocal…
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Kelly DeJong was born and raised in central Bucks County PA. She is a graduate from Carnegie Mellon University. Today, she is raising her daughters and beloved pets with her…
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Peter Greene has been a classroom secondary English teacher for over thirty-five years. He lives and works in a small town in Northwest Pennsylvania, blogs at Curmudgucation.
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Sonali Kolhatkar is the host of “Rising Up With Sonali,” a television and radio show on Free Speech TV and Pacifica stations.
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Lily Freeman (She/Her) is a female of Trans experience and Jewish Activist located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a Central Bucks student, she strives to help in school districts as…
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Kyle Esposito is a Democratic Committeeperson in East Rockhill Township.
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Jazmin Kreimer is the grant partnerships associate at More in Common and an attorney, who is passionate about civil rights and human rights issues.
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Kevin E. Leven is co-leader of the Bucks County Anti-Racism Coalition, A 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization dedicated to educating, informing, and taking action on matters of racial justice.
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Doreen Stratton is a Doylestown, third generation African American who along with her sister, resides in the same family home where their Grandparents had settled in 1887. Her blog, THE…
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Leon Mopecha is a nonbinary Cameroonian that lives and works in Philadelphia. They are an active linguist and documentarian who focuses on immigrant and queer people of color experiences. Leon…
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Natalie Cimonetti is a resident of Telford, PA, in the Souderton Area School District, where she has lived with her husband and children since 2013.
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Howard Zinn was a historian, author, professor, playwright, and activist. His life’s work focused on a wide range of issues including race, class, war, and history, and touched the lives…
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Melissa del Bosque is co-founder of The Border Chronicle, a weekly Substack newsletter that publishes original, on-the-ground reporting, analysis, and commentary. She has written about the U.S.-Mexico border since 1998…
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Rethinking Schools is the country's leading grassroots magazine for social and racial justice in education.
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Conservation Voters of PA is the statewide political voice for the environment. We elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices, advocate for strong environmental policies, and hold our…
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Nick Marcil is a second year Graduate Student in Higher Education Policy & Student Affairs at West Chester University. He is also a Co-Founder of PASSHE Defenders and member &…
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Christina Ellis is a 17 year old African-Caribbean American highschool senior and activist. She is the Vice-President of a club called the Panther Anti-Racist Union, better known as PARU. Christina…
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Samantha Hull is a parent of two young children and board director for the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. She is also a high school librarian and district supervisor. Her work…
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Mindy Freeman (she/her) is a resident of Buckingham Township which is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, an hour north of Philadelphia. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1994 with…
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A former editor and reporter at The New York Times, Linda Lee has written seven books, and started a magazine about real estate and design in Miami. While her interest…
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Lauren Burchell is a student at Central Bucks High School West with a passion for activism and writing. Lauren leads the Sexuality and Gender Alliance at West and also contributes…
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Freda Savana is a veteran reporter and editor in Bucks County.
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Tabitha is a school board member at Central Bucks School District. She is also a professor at The College of New Jersey and hold a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in…
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During the month of September, we are asking for your help. As the Beacon continues to grow, we need community support in order to not only sustain, but grow this media project for the long haul. 

Here’s what your financial support will help us do:

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