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

It Will Take Hometown Heroes to Fix Broken Towns

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio—Greg Bricker is tired of his community looking through the rearview mirror to an idyllic past, rather than looking forward and trying to plot a better course. He feels this rearview mindset dominates his town, especially the local government. So after missing the statewide deadline for getting on the November 5 ballot, Bricker

By | 2019-09-10T00:55:33-07:00 September 9th, 2019|Tags: |

Small-Business Men Get a Front-Row Seat for Everyday Life

WAUPACA, Wisconsin—In another lifetime, the Park Motel and Supper Club sat along U.S. Route 10 and enjoyed both local patrons and famished travelers looking for a good homemade meal and a place to rest on this highway connecting Bay City, Michigan, to Fargo, North Dakota (including a 62-mile ferry ride across Lake Michigan). Over the

By | 2019-08-27T21:10:09-07:00 August 26th, 2019|Tags: |

The Perils of Trading Social Interaction for Social Media

ESTES PARK, Colorado—I often say that what happens on Twitter isn't a reflection of American life in the real world. The facts mostly back that up. Last month, a Pew survey showed only about 22 percent of U.S. adults say they use Twitter. Twitter users skew younger, identify more as Democrats, are more educated and

By | 2019-08-19T20:53:12-07:00 August 20th, 2019|Tags: |

The Death of a Local Newspaper Rocks America to Its Core

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—When the press stops rolling at The Vindicator this month, a lingering question will once again taunt the residents of the Mahoning Valley: How much collapse can one region take? The family-owned newspaper announced in June—just days after celebrating its 150th anniversary—that it is permanently ceasing production on Aug. 31. Started in 1869 just

By | 2019-08-12T21:19:26-07:00 August 12th, 2019|Tags: |

Party, Personality, a Big Name, and a Primary in Western Michigan

Peter Meijer's decision to run for Congress in Western Michigan was a surprise to no one who knows the 31-year-old Grand Rapids native. He is the great-grandson of Hendrik Meijer, who opened a tiny thrift store attached to his barbershop during the Great Depression, which has since grown into a chain of groceries,

By | 2019-07-16T14:22:01-07:00 July 16th, 2019|

In North Carolina Special, National Questions Intrude on Local Issues

WADESBORO, North Carolina—By the end of the summer, towns such as this will be flooded with national reporters covering the special election for the 9th Congressional District. In normal times, reporters would ask voters how they think Republican Dan Bishop or Democrat Dan McCready would represent their local concerns in Washington. But these

By | 2019-07-30T21:44:41-07:00 July 8th, 2019|

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