Lauren Duca is an award-winning and -losing journalist, who is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person, but has heard it can be effective for things like this. You may know her from her massively viral piece "Donald Trump is Gaslighting America," or a Fox News appearance opposite Tucker Carlson, during which she either emerged as a feminist hero or had a seizure on national television. It all depends on confirmation bias, really. 

After graduating from Fordham University in 2013, Lauren spent two years working as an entertainment reporter for the Huffington Post. While on staff, she created the weekly newsletter Middlebrow and won an L.A. Press Club award for her feature on the rise of the woman-child. Since moving on to pursue freelancing full time, she has expanded her brand of comedic anthropology (lol, sorry) to include a wide range of work, from political analysis to human interest pieces.

In April, Lauren won the Shorty Award for Best Journalist, and maintained enough self control to not begin her speech by saying, "I beat Al Roker." Earlier this year, she was named one of AdWeek's 15 Political Power Players, listed among Brooklyn Magazine's 100 Culture Influencers, and honored with an Engendering Progress Award. In May, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Tomorrow Is Now Award and delivered the commencement speech at Bard College at Simon's Rock. You can read profiles of her in The New York Times, Bust, and Good magazine, or just this weird listicle on something called Heavy (???). 

In addition to working on her Thigh-High Politics column at Teen Vogue, and making regular appearances on CNN, MSNBC, and various podcasts, Lauren's work can be found in / on The New Inquiry, Vice, Complex, New York magazine, Pacific Standard, The Nation, and The New Yorker, among other places, such as a weird scrapbook her parents have been maintaining since she was in kindergarten.