David Bender is an activist, author, and broadcaster. He was chosen by John F. Kennedy, Jr., as George magazine’s first West Coast contributing editor and he is currently a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated Progressive Voices Channel on TuneIn.
Bender's political activism began when he was 12. He took a "leave of absence" from the seventh grade to volunteer full-time in Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. As a high school reporter, he covered the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon, George McGovern, and Hubert Humphrey. Later, he became a key aide to Allard K. Lowenstein, former New York congressman and activist in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements.
Bender later served as a senior advisor in Vermont Governor Howard Dean's presidential campaign. He subsequently joined Air America Radio, where he hosted Politically Direct, and co-hosted Ring of Fire. Bender was also Rachel Maddow’s “political guru”, appearing regularly on her Air America show. Bender has worked in the television and music industries, as a senior executive in musician Stephen Stills’ production company, and as vice president of Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold’s television production unit. He also served as the Democratic National Committee’s liaison to the entertainment industry.
Author or coauthor of four books, including Stand and Be Counted, a chronicle of artist activism in the music industry written with musician David Crosby, Bender scripted and coproduced a four-hour documentary of the same name that aired on The Learning Channel. Most recently, he served his research editor on I Am Spartacus, Kirk Douglas' memoir about breaking the infamous Hollywood blacklist.