Meet the team

Janet Shan, Founder/Editor-in-Chief — Janet Shan has been a journalist for over 20 years, having attending Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. Janet has bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations and Business Management, as well as a graduate degree in Business Administration. She has worked in various capacities as a freelance financial and business writer, political and legal blogger, operations manager, logistics analyst, social media consultant and public relations specialist. Janet was frustrated with the mainstream media missing important news stories and decided to start the Hinterland Gazette, formerly known as Black Political Thought, as an outlet to cover these important black news stories in the U.S. and overseas.

Janet has interviewed many public figures such as then-Florida Democratic Senatorial candidate Kendrick Meek, former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, CNN special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, Jamaican-American ski-cross champion Errol Kerr, money manager Bill Baker, Jamal Simmons, principal at The Raben Group, co-chair at the Internet Innovation Alliance & former strategist to then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, and many more fascinating individuals. She has been quoted in numerous articles at other media outlets including the Sacramento Bee, CNN’s Belief Blog and Bloomberg. Mainstream media sites such as The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Drudge Report, AOL News and others have linked to different news items we publish.


Dion Evans, Senior Religion Editor/TV Critic — An American media personality and trailblazer of Urban Christian Talk Radio. As founder of RMGradio, Evans started as a church planter in California’s Bay Area following his undergrad work and ministry in Orange county, CA nearly 20 years ago. Following his tenure, he trained a leadership team to continue the work of the local assembly while setting his sights on national conversations specializing in taboo subjects—using cutting-edge commentary with comedic undertones.

Evans has been a featured correspondent on numerous radio broadcasts specializing in Entertainment News, Reality TV, Hot Topics, Politics and various other Social Justice themes. His writing career has led him to formally serve as Religion Editor for the Post Newspaper Group.

Evans’ multi-dimensional approach to topics and conversations creates an incredible experience and dialogue for listeners of all ages, faith backgrounds, national origin, gender and sexual preferences. Known as the “King of Conversation” by his peers – His personal belief and motto is—“We must argue towards unity, for without conversation nothing changes and no one gets better.”

Joy Blake, Entertainment Editor — Joy has over 12 years of journalism experience, covering a wide variety of beats, including black news, entertainment, politics, religion and social issues. She is currently working on her first novel and film project.

Mira Hutchinson, Political Editor — Mira has been covering politics both in the U.S. and her native Jamaica for over 15 years. She has a solid grasp on the political process, including campaigns, debates, bills, etc.

Garrett Keith, Director of Operations


Featured Writers

Douglas A. Wilson is the founder of Politics is Power. He is dedicated to changing the world through empowering others. Doug has been involved in community outreach for the past 12 years. He has worked with various organizations as a youth advocate. Doug covers topics such as Hip-Hop and Politics, civic engagement, the role of youth and minorities in politics at local, state and national levels, and the role of the African American Church in politics.

Clive Henry writes about racial discrimination, particularly as it happened to him in Great Britain. He is a voice for the voiceless who have been wronged by their employers.

Donna Williams writes about relationships and religion.

Hinterland Gazette staff — Additionally, outside of the people mentioned above, we have a small team of trusted writers and specialists who help to keep the website going, finding scoops and breaking news as it happens. We couldn’t do it without their help and dedication.


Looking for a place to showcase your writing talents? Are you a journalist and writer of color fed-up with the mainstream media? Well, The Hinterland Gazette would love to hear from you. We are open to conservative, liberal and centrist views! If you have a tip for a news story, hit us up at editor at hinterlandgazette dot com as well!

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