About Us

Staff

Hollie Ainbinder, IPA’s director of program and development, has been with the organization since 1999. She was the associate director of the media watch group FAIR from 1988 to 1999. From 1984 to 1988 she was a media consultant to public interest organizations.

Layla Cooper is IPA’s CFO. With a strong background in finance, computer systems and administration, she first began working for IPA in 2002. Cooper has focused her education on the study of media and social change.

Sam Husseini, based in the IPA media office at the National Press Building in Washington, D.C., is the director of media and communications. His articles on politics, foreign affairs, public policy, media, and pop culture have been published in the Washington Post, Newsday, the Nation, FAIR’s magazine Extra! and numerous other outlets. Prior to joining IPA, Husseini was media director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He founded The Washington Stakeout and VotePact.org.

Ben Malley is IPA’s media research associate. He graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University with a degree in Journalism. He has written for the Bay Area News Group family of newspapers, the San Francisco political website BeyondChron.org and worked for Canadian member of parliament Peter Stoffer.

Norman Solomon is IPA’s executive director. He is the author of twelve books, including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, and with Reese Ehrlich, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You. Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and many other newspapers. A frequent guest on television and radio, he was featured in Bill Moyers’ recent documentary Buying the War and a full-length film adaptation of War Made Easy produced by the Media Education Foundation. Solomon is a recipient of the George Orwell Award, which honors distinguished contributions to honesty and clarity in public language.

David Zupan works as an independent contractor for IPA doing broadcast media outreach and database updating. He is also director of the Speakers’ Clearinghouse, which helps progressive policy analysts find speaking engagements at schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Zupan is a veteran media activist and teacher.