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Andrea Chalupa
Andrea Chalupa is a writer, journalist, and producer in New York. Andrea helped launch online video for Condé Nast Portfolio and AOL Money & Finance. She reported on-camera for these outlets, covering the 2008 presidential conventions, the Sundance Film Festival, and Ford Motor Company's Scientific Research Laboratory. For the Huffington Post, Andrea writes on business, entertainment, and politics. Interviewing C.E.O.s and business leaders, Andrea's stories skew towards the offbeat, such as the popular "C.E.O.s Who Go to Burning Man" and "Bette Midler on Creating Green Jobs."

As an online video host and producer, Andrea's on-camera interviews include discussing the blogosphere vs. the mainstream media with Arianna Huffington, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinksi of Morning Joe, and Bob Schieffer of CBS News. After graduating from the University of California at Davis with high honors in History, Andrea worked as a community organizer in the 2004 presidential election, wrote for the Portland Mercury in Portland, Oregon, attended the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and lived in Kyiv, Ukraine where she auditioned to be a national news anchor for 5 Kanal, started a Doors-inspired band, and oversaw the translation of her grandfather's Soviet memoir about growing up under Stalin and his years as a tortured political prisoner in a secret NKVD prison.

Andrea can be reached at andreawriting AT gmail DOT com.

Entries by Andrea Chalupa

Kremlin's Troll Army Is Quiet: Sign of a Coup?

(130) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 11:29 PM

On Friday, those of us who share factual information about the situation on the ground in Ukraine noticed an eerie silence had befallen Twitter: Why weren't we being harassed by the Kremlin's troll army? The insults from anonymous paid bots was as constant as Putin's public...

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Want to Understand President Obama's Foreign Policy?

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 5:10 PM

President Obama's workload is certainly compounded by the looming shadow of World War III. But in the age of the rule of law vs. dystopia, the free world requires a strong leader. Do you want to live in a society that beheads journalists and

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Arming Ukraine Will Exploit Putin's Greatest Weakness

(17) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 10:29 AM

A year ago Americans saw on their televisions Ukrainian protesters hurtling Molotov cocktails at beetle-helmeted riot police. Ukrainians from all walks of life--business executives, working-class laborers, PhD students, artists, doctors--had been called to the barricades of Kyiv with the simple goal of overthrowing a president who, for years, had

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George Lois: Be a Cultural Provocateur

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 3:31 PM

In cities across France yesterday, millions of people marched against terror. They held up pens and pencils, flags of different nations, giant posters that together created the thoughtful eyes of the slain cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. Freedom is a universal longing, and freedom of press, freedom of information are the...

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Global Maidan: A Gathering in NYC for Civic Activists

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 9:33 AM

On Sunday, Ukrainian voters took to the polls and overwhelmingly elected a parliament that's pro-Europe and full of anti-corruption watchdogs. Investigative journalists, some of the country's leading technologists, and revolutionary protesters-turned-war heroes are now members of parliament. For the first time in nearly a century, Ukraine's government will not include...

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Ukraine's Zoos Need Urgent Help Before Winter

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:38 AM

After a popular uprising toppled Viktor Yanukovych in February, Ukrainians touring his most lavish palace finally got to visit their ex-president's private zoo. In this sprawling compound just outside Kyiv, built with stolen tax payer money, there are over 2,000 animals. They include pigs, ostriches, and...

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What Does the World Say to the KGB Agent?

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 2:36 PM

When my grandfather was a young man in Donbas, he was summoned to the local office of the NKVD--the Soviet secret police and the predecessor of the KGB. A family man with a wife and an infant at home, he managed a factory and was a law-abiding citizen. Yet an...

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Investigating the West Coast Mafia

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:12 PM

Growing up, I was obsessed with The Godfather. (Only I & II; the third film was the "Fredo" of the trilogy.) I used to dream of living in Sicily with Sonny, Michael, and Tom as my older brothers, palling around, breaking knees. The usual. Despite Michael's Tahoe compound, and the...

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Why the Women in the World Summit Matters

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Where else can you eat lunch with Pussy Riot, sit next to Senator Gillibrand as she discusses her upcoming book with her publisher as Huma Abedin rushes by to grab more coffee? Tina Brown's Women in the World Summit is an annual event bringing together exceptional women from...

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Uncoverage Party Supports Investigative Journalism

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 1:48 PM

Last night in New York, around 200 people came together in Artistic Frame, a glittery showroom in Manhattan's D&D Building, to support Uncoverage, a new crowd-funding platform for investigative journalists, launching this January in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity.

As someone who has helped Uncoverage grow into...

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How Much Do You Know About "Animal Farm"?

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Animal Farm is a beloved novel, one of the more enjoyable books that we're forced to read in high school.

It's a tragic satire of totalitarianism. Yet there's an inspiring story behind this classic.

Shortly after getting married to his muse Eileen O'Shaughnessy, a poet, Orwell and his wife...

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MORE Festival Storms Venice

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 3:44 AM

This past weekend was the inaugural MORE Festival. It was four days of live performances by French indie bands and acclaimed DJs playing beautiful historic venues across Venice, Italy. The music festival was launched by French music video producer Grégory Escure to be an unofficial party celebrating the...

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé!

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 1:48 PM

It's well known that in France, wine is an art. But the story of Beaujolais Nouveau turned one wine, some 30 years ago, into a global sport. Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé! is a familiar proclamation this time of year, painted across the windows of wine shops and cafes in...

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Orwell's Advice on How to Write in Revolutionary Times

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 10:05 PM

"You can't be neutral on a moving train." Howard Zinn said it, and George Orwell would have agreed.

In 1946, Orwell wrote in the essay, "Why I Write": "In a peaceful age I might have written ornate or merely descriptive books, and might have remained almost unaware...

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Adam Cook: Fighting for America's Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 5:39 PM

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a non-partisan organization committed to honoring our veterans by protecting their interests, gave Republican Congressman Rob Wittman a "D" grade in their Congressional report card. If I got a "D" in school, my parent's would have had my hide. (I know the...

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The Nation and George Lois Speak Truth to Power

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 3:13 PM

Three months after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, a group of abolitionists in Manhattan founded The Nation, a magazine "to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred." It sounds like they too had a...

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Orwell and Your Voice in the Wilderness

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 5:28 AM

There's a touching moment in the French classic film Amélie where the heroine, as a little girl, reflects the sunlight off her mirror from her window overlooking Paris, hoping someone out there sees her light. From a window across the city, another lonely child--the boy who will grow up to...

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Kinofest: Film Festival of the Best New Cinema From Ukraine and Other Post-Soviet Nations

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 6:04 PM

This week in the East Village is the third annual Kinofest NYC, a chance to discover independent films from Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries. With a win at the Cannes Film Festival last year for Ukrainian director Maryna Vroda, for her short film Cross Country, and a production...

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George Lois's Innovation Bible 'Damn Good Advice'

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 2:38 PM

Innovation is a dirty word. Everyone wants to be innovative. But wanting and doing are two different things. George Lois, the Orwell of design, has been bridging that gap for decades, most notably as the ad man brought in to save Esquire and a nascent (and artistic) MTV.


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We're Chic as Hell, and We're Not Going to Take This Anymore!

(10) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 10:42 PM

When my friend and I met up last week to go to Occupy Wall Street, I wore my long flowing pin stripe skirt, a black-and-white vintage blouse, and a nude pair of shiny ballet flats. After the police brutality at the start of the occupation, dressing chic seemed both a...

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