Arianna Huffington
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Arianna Huffington, a syndicated columnist, author and political commentator, is an impassioned advocate for political reform and social awareness. Recognized as one of Washington’s most influential commentators by Newsweek and People, her syndicated column appears in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Herald, the Dallas Morning News and others. In 2003 when she ran for governor in California’s recall election, her grassroots campaign was praised for putting a media spotlight on the influence of special-interest money in American politics.

A former Republican, Huffington now operates outside the two-party system. Her disillusionment with party politics stemmed from her realization that the parties were more interested in servicing the special interests of their well-heeled campaign contributors than serving the interests of the people they were elected to represent.

Author of nine books, her New Yorks Times’ bestseller, Pigs at the Trough, exposes the alliances among Wall Street, CEOs, politicians and lobbyists and discusses the methods they use to undermine America’s core values. Her new book Fanatic and Fools is a humorous, behind-the-scenes look at the California recall election. Her Picasso biography was made into a film.

Voted the “funniest celebrity in Washington, D.C.,” Huffington slipped into a nightie to appear between the sheets with Al Franken for the “Strange Bedfellows” segment of Politically Incorrect. She appears frequently on television, including Larry King Live, Crossfire, Nightline, Oprah and the Today Show. She also co-hosts Left, Right & Center, public radio’s popular political roundtable.

Born in Greece, Huffington graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in economics. She serves on boards that promote community solutions to social problems, including the Points of Light Foundation and A Place Called Home.