Valerie Vande Panne is a reporter and essayist. Her writing about politics and economics regularly appears at In These Times magazine, Next City, and Salon. She also contributes comedy to the National Lampoon Final Edition Radio Hour. She is a former editor in chief of Detroit’s alt-weekly, the Metro Times, and a former news editor of High Times magazine. She has contributed to Bloomberg, the Guardian, and the New York Times, among many other outlets. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in politics.

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