Salena Zito

About Salena Zito

Salena Zito is a CNN political analyst, a staff reporter and columnist for the Washington Examiner, and co-author (with Brad Todd) of The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics . To find out more about Salena and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

An Answer to the Cost of College and Community Collapse: Community Colleges

PITTSBURGH—When the Pittsburgh Pirates opened their season two weeks ago at PNC Park, Nathan Sibley, a York County, Pennsylvania, kid who struggled in high school and subsequently stood little chance to attend a four-year college had earned the job for the major league club that nearly every fan in the ballpark pays attention

By | 2019-04-15T19:33:54-07:00 April 15th, 2019|

Blue-Collar Worker Bashed by Trump, Wooed by Beto

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—No one exemplifies the spirit of American manufacturing more than United Auto Workers Local 1112 President David Green. Charismatic, humble and a relentless optimist, he is the everyman who guys like Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel wrote ballads about in the 1980s. But Green also has to face a triple whammy: shifting

By | 2019-04-01T19:56:52-07:00 April 1st, 2019|

Beto O’Rourke: Late-term Abortions Are ‘About Women Making Their Own Decisions About Their Own Body’

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Beto O'Rourke has refused to rule out abortions more than six months into a pregnancy. Asked by the Washington Examiner about his stance on third-trimester abortions, O'Rourke, who's battling with a crowded field of Democrats vying for the chance to unseat President Trump in 2020, said it is a

By | 2019-03-25T21:42:18-07:00 March 25th, 2019|

From the Rubble of a Church Rises a Spirit of Love

COLUMBUS, Miss.—At the First Pentecostal Church on Tuscaloosa Road, the last Saturday of February was a day filled with supposed-to-be's. Little Jereson McCool was supposed to be at the church hall surrounded by 60 members of his family and community to celebrate his fifth birthday, but his grandma's train from South Carolina was

By | 2019-04-20T10:25:54-07:00 March 18th, 2019|

Losing a Hometown Hero

PITTSBURGH—Baseball is always held up as a metaphor for life in America. The struggles and disappointments, along with the workaday perseverance, form clear parallels. Both require hope. Baseball historian David Pietrusza once told me that like baseball, America is all about hope, necessarily tied up with effort and disappointment. Baseball is a game

By | 2019-03-11T20:12:36-07:00 March 11th, 2019|

While National Media Carried Water for Jussie Smollett, Local Media Did It Right

CHICAGO—The first thing that caused newsman Rafer Weigel to blink when reading the TMZ report on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett being brutally attacked by Trump-supporting, noose-wielding, racial-slurring assailants was the neighborhood in which the attack was reported to have happened. The Streeterville neighborhood is not exactly "MAGA country" at any time, let alone

By | 2019-02-26T20:54:50-07:00 February 26th, 2019|

The Populist Sledgehammer Kills Amazon Jobs that Middle America Would Love to Have

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—Tito Brown can't imagine driving a perfectly good thing out of a town that hasn't had a perfectly good thing come its way in a very long time. At least, a perfectly good thing the size and scope of the Amazon headquarters that ideological politics drove out of Long Island City on

By | 2019-02-19T20:59:54-07:00 February 19th, 2019|