DAVID WILDSTEIN, Editor
David Wildstein founded the first political news site devoted to New Jersey politics eighteen years ago. As Wally Edge, PoliticsNJ.com, later PolitickerNJ, became “mandatory daily reading for the political class in New Jersey.” He built political news operations in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New York. After PoliticsNJ was sold to the New York Observer, David became the executive vice president of the Observer Media Group, which launched political news sites in seventeen states with more than fifty reporters.
David spent twenty years in the private sector at his family’s textile manufacturing company. He served as a mayor and councilman in Livingston, ran local, statewide and national political campaigns, and worked for a congressman and several legislators. His first real job was in 1974 when he earned $100-a-year as a 12-year-old aide to a State Senator.
From 2010 to 2013, he held a top position at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – a post that attracted a little bit of attention in New Jersey and national political circles after he admitted his role in the political scandal known as Bridgegate.
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NIKITA BIRYUKOV, Reporter
Nikita Biryukov has worked as a freelance reporter since 2016, with bylines appearing in The (Bergen) Record, the Asbury Park Press, the Press of Atlantic City, the Home News Tribune, the Courier News, NJSpotlight.com, USA Today, and NBCNews.com.
He worked as a production intern at MSNBC Live with Steve Kornacki during the 2016 general election, and then as a digital reporting intern at NBC News in 2017. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and was the associate news editor of the Daily Targum. His reporting there has won two awards from the New Jersey Press Association.
Nikita is a self-described political junkie who grew up in Camden County.
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BEN KESTENBAUM, Contributor
A junior at American University, Ben is a political junkie extraordinaire and a self-described amateur cartographer who has developed a following on social media for his graphic presentation of election results. He joined the New Jersey Globe as an intern in May 2019 and became a contributor in August.
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KEVIN SANDERS, General Manager
Kevin Sanders was the general manager and head of sales at Observer New Jersey before creating co-founding Sea of Reeds Media. Prior to that, Sanders owned and managed several small businesses. He has helped grow Sea of Reeds from a single property to six different media sites with authority in areas about which people feel real check-in-several-times-a-day passion, including politics and culture. A trained and accomplished photographer with a deep background in Hollywood filmmaking, Sanders has also been instrumental in launching Sea of Reeds Films, which is currently in production on the company’s third offering. If you’ve got something to say to one of Sea of Reeds’ smart, engaged audiences, Sanders will work with you to create a budget and campaign that will deliver your message.
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Here is what NORTHJERSEY.COM wrote on September 28, 2018:
‘Bridgegate’ architect returns from political exile. Is this justice? Or is it just weird?
“But what’s important is not so much the size of Wildstein’s audience but the fact that the people who regularly visit his website are some of the most powerful and influential political figures and lobbyists in New Jersey, along with their staffs and other operatives.”