Jonathan Larsen

Jonathan Larsen is the managing editor and executive producer of TYT Investigates.

Larsen has been involved in some of the most popular and well thought of programs in TV news. Most notably, as executive producer, he created “Up with Chris Hayes,” which was recognized by critics across the political spectrum for its smart, substantive engagement with topics other shows wouldn’t touch and its inclusion of people and voices seldom heard from. Prior to “Up,” he worked for many years on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” where he helped the program transition into political analysis and commentary. He also broke several national stories, including insider accounts of the politicization of the Bush Office of Faith-Based Initiatives; Phil Gramm’s dual role lobbying for Wall Street while simultaneously advising the McCain campaign on financial regulation; and the massive, global companies that stood to benefit from a so-called “small business” tax cut. More recently, Larsen was Al Jazeera America’s senior executive producer for politics and oversaw “Inside Story,” hosted by Ray Suarez. Earlier in his career, Larsen worked on several CNN programs, helping to create and launch both “Anderson Cooper 360” and “Greenfield at Large.” He also contributed to CNN’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks, reporting that a group of passengers on Flight 93 voted to attack the hijackers.

Larsen’s first job in TV news was at ABC, where he both wrote for “Good Morning America” and served as a writer-producer for the network’s critically acclaimed overnight program, “World News Now,” where he succeeded in getting William Shatner to sing the World News Polka. In addition to his positions in news, Jonathan consulted for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” serving as senior political producer on the show’s award-winning Indecision2000 coverage. He also helped launch Air America Radio, creating and running several programs, including “Morning Sedition starring Marc Maron” and “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

Jonathan began his career as a print reporter in Brooklyn, where he worked for The Bay Ridge Paper. He was barely graduated from Tufts University, having spent most of his time at The Tufts Daily, which he ultimately served as editor in chief.

A comic-book nerd before and after it was cool, Larsen has written two Batman stories for DC Comics and created the science-fiction webcomic The Endling. More recently, he has merged his interests in news and comedy with his creation TheFingNews.com. Larsen lives with his wife and son in New Jersey.

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TYT Investigates
FEMA Awards Contracts to FEMA Chief’s Former Clients
At least two former clients of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William “Brock” Long have received FEMA contracts totaling more than $14 million since his arrival at the agency, federal documents show.
By: Jonathan Larsen|Aug 30, 2018| comments
TYT Investigates
Group in Russia Probe Sponsored Travel for Ukraine Meetings with Manafort Clients
The secretive Christian group referred to in the FBI’s affidavit about alleged spy Maria Butina also helped facilitate meetings between a member of Congress and Ukrainian clients of Paul Manafort, federal documents show.
By: Jonathan Larsen|Aug 20, 2018| comments
TYT Investigates
FEMA Recommendations Stand to Benefit Agency Chief’s Former Employer
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is calling for greater involvement by the private sector in disaster preparedness and response–which could directly profit the agency’s former employer, federal documents show.
By: Jonathan Larsen|Aug 9, 2018| comments
TYT Investigates
GOP Missions in Eastern Europe Were Paid for by Butina-Linked Christian Group and Ukraine Ally
At least four Republican members of Congress have traveled to eastern Europe and bolstered proponents there of policies that may help achieve Russia’s goal that those nations not join the European Union.
By: Jonathan LarsenKen Klippenstein|Jul 19, 2018| comments
TYT Investigates
Big Pharma Beneficiaries Delete Storehouse of Medical Guidelines
America’s federal database of medical treatment guidelines—a resource for doctors, hospitals, and patients for more than two decades—will be dead on Tuesday.
By: Jonathan Larsen|Jul 16, 2018| comments
TYT Investigates
Analysis: FEMA Report on Puerto Rico Response Calls for More Private Contractors
The 2017 after-action report on the 2017 hurricane season concludes that FEMA failed to anticipate several problems it would face in the event of a catastrophic storm coming quickly on the heels of other natural disasters.
By: Jonathan Larsen|Jul 13, 2018| comments
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