The Raw Story

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The Raw Story
The Raw Story homepage, 2013
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Available in English
Owner Raw Story Media, Inc.
Created by John Byrne
Editor Roxanne Cooper
Alexa rank
Increase 2,269 (September 2015)[1]

The Raw Story is an American online news organization founded in 2004 by John Byrne. It covers current national and international political and economic news and publishes its own editorials and investigative pieces. The Raw Story describes itself as progressive, bringing attention to stories that it sees as downplayed or ignored by other media outlets. It is owned by Washington, D.C.-based Raw Story Media, Inc.


The Raw Story has been reported on and featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, LA Weekly, the New York Post, the Toronto Star, The Hill, Rolling Stone, The Advocate, Roll Call,[2] and Mother Jones.[3] With an average 10.7 million readers per month (2015),[4] the site is described by Newsweek as, "Muck, raked: If you're looking for alleged GOP malfeasance, the folks at are frequently scooping the mainstream media."[5]

On August 4, 2008 the Online News Association announced that was a finalist in the 2008 Online Journalism awards in the "Liberal, Small Site" category[6] for the story "The permanent Republican majority",[7] about improper partisan influence in the prosecution of former Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama.

The Raw Story's original reporting has also been referenced by MSNBC's Ed Schultz and Lawrence O'Donnell,[8] The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. It was also referenced in 2011 by The Telegraph newspaper, as being the news website that first revealed a contract had been awarded to Ntrepid by United States Central Command as part of Operation Earnest Voice, intended to deploy operatives to create fake online personas abroad.[9]

Current masthead

  • Roxanne Cooper – Editor / Publisher
  • Eric W. Dolan – Managing Editor
  • David Edwards – Senior Editor
  • David Ferguson – Senior Editor
  • Arturo Garcia – Editor
  • Travis Gettys – Editor
  • Tom Boggioni – Associate Editor
  • Ben Nguyen – Web Developer
  • Mark Estrada - Lead Moderator

Raw Story Media, Inc.

Raw Story is wholly owned by Raw Story Media, Inc.

  • John Byrne – Founder, Chairman and CEO, partner
  • Michael Rogers – Vice Chairman and Managing Director, partner


  1. "raw Site Overview". Alexa Internet. Retrieved September 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "About Us & Masthead". The Raw Story. Retrieved 2008-12-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Interview with John Byrne: Editor and founder of". Mother Jones. 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2011-04-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Quantcast. "Quantcast:". Retrieved 4 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "BlogWatch". Newsweek (subscription/registration needed). 2005-03-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Online News Association (August 4, 2008). "2008 Online Journalism Awards – Finalists". Archived from the original on August 8, 2008. Retrieved 2007-08-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "The permanent Republican majority". 2002-11-18. Retrieved 2013-12-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Raw Story: Lawrence O'Donnell: Liberals outraged over Libya action". Raw Story. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2011-03-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain (17 March 2011). "US military creates fake online personas". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 24, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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