Raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a comic, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she teaches history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) Katie is a national director of Living Liberally and a founder of and comedian in Laughing Liberally, a political comedy collective. She has performed comedy at venues including The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Nation Magazine Cruise, Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project in New York, the D.C. Comedy Festival, and at every Netroots Nation. Katie has performed with Lizz Winstead, Markos Moulitsas, The Yes Men, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Hightower. Her political satire appears regularly on the Huffington Post, Alternet, Daily Kos, Open Left, Raw Story. Katie has been interviewed and featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, LA Times, In These Times, Jezebel, Gawker, on MSNBC, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Air America, The Sam Seder Show, The Mark Maron Show, Laura Flanders’ GritTV, WBAI, Sirius Radio, XM Radio POTUS, and Fox News Channel’s The Alan Colmes Show. The National Review (believe it or not) called Katie “cute” and “a little brainy.” Katie’s award-winning documentary about historical memory in Spain, La memoria es vaga, has been screened throughout Spain and the U.S. Katie was the co-producer of Tim Robbins and DCTV’s Embedded Live, Associate Producer of Estela Bravo’s Free to Fly: the U.S. Cuba Link, and outreach director of Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s documentary The Take (La toma). Katie is currently editing her next documentary, Another Camp Is Possible, about Camp Kinderland (where Katie went, and her mother and grandmother worked) and their “Peace Olympics,” the camp’s non-violent and socially conscious alternative to Color Wars.
Katie’s been a friend of the blog for a while, and even did last-minute editing of Samhita’s book Outdated. Look out for Katie’s posts starting today!