Writers & Editors
Andrew Morton -- Publisher/co-founder and author of the Morton Minute. Andrew Morton is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. He has been called 'the king of celebrity biographers. His 1992 biography on Princess Diana, Diana: Her True Story, changed the way the world looked at the British royal family. Morton has been providing revealing insight into the world's most notable figures for the last 25 years.
Eric Olsen -- Editor-in-Chief, CEO and co-founder
Eric Olsen is a career media professional and serial entrepreneur who has written influentially on a vast array of topics for periodicals, books, TV, radio, and the Internet. Olsen founded and published award winning online magazine Blogcritics.org and oversaw creation of an original content organization for Technorati.com before co-founding The Morton Report in 2011.
Dawn Olsen - News Editor and co-founder
Dawn Olsen has written and covered celebrity, entertainment and popular culture for over ten years. Dawn created celebrity web-site Glosslip.com as part of the Blogcritics.org network. When both sites were purchased in 2008 by Technorati.com, she joined their editorial team as Entertainment Editor and then as an Executive Editor at for their re-launched original content site from October 2009 to October 2010.
Lisa McKay - Executive Editor
Formerly a film editor and the executive editor at Blogcritics, Lisa McKay is currently the executive editor here at The Morton Report. She likes to write about food, gardening, and movies.
Featured Columnists and Contributors
Bill Baker is a veteran journalist who has covered the comics medium and its creators since 1998. Over the years, he’s contributed hundreds of articles, columns, interviews, and reviews to various magazines and websites. He’s also the author of Icons: The DC Comics and WildStorm Art of Jim Lee and seven previous books featuring his extended interviews with Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and other notable creators. You can learn more about Bill’s work at www.BillBakerPresents.com.
Bill Bentley got his first drum set in 1965 and still has it. He's been a deejay, record store clerk, publicist, writer, concert promoter, record producer and a&r director, sometimes all at once. He's worked at KUT-FM, Austin City Limits, L.A. Weekly, Slash Records, Warner Bros. Records and Vanguard Records. He still plays drums, and his most recent writing position was at aarp.org. Yikes. He also has a fondness for producing tribute albums, and has done them for Roky Erickson, Skip Spence and Sir Doug Sahm. More to come. https://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Bentley/642237830
For two years, Ken Brooks (Calorie Ken) was a volunteer in the Tufts University CALERIE Study focused on studying how calorie restriction increases longevity. Longevity is the goal, but weight loss is the byproduct. He is now a nutrition evangelist. Send your nutrition, weight management, general health and exercise questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out Ken's featured column section, AskCalorieKen.
James Clark is a freelance writer based in Mitcham in deepest, darkest south London. He has an abiding interest in London's legends and ghost stories and has written several collections of these tales over the years.
Neil Cossar is the editor of This Day in Music.com the music site on-line since 1999 which is also a available as a book and an iPhone/iPad app. Check out Neil's Featured Column, This Day In Music.
Roberta Cruger was the founding media editor of Creem magazine and part of the original programming team at MTV. Her writing has since been published in Salon, The Believer, Smithsonian, MSN.com, and the LA Times magazine. She’s covered the green carpet and green room for Treehugger, and as US correspondent for the AFP’s RelaxNews wire service her coverage of the arts, pop culture and showbiz has appeared in outlets from The Independent UK to the Hindustan Times.
Jim Curtis was a professor of Russian for a long time at the University of Missouri, but eventually realized that he was interested in so many different things that he didn't want to limit himself to one country. So he's now an independent art educator and writer. Jim has been reading books and listening to rock and roll since the fifties. He's the author of "Rock Eras: Interpretations of Music and Society, 1954-1984," as well as a forthcoming book on Dylan.
Rachel East is a freelance writer specializing in relationships and relationship advice. She has most recently been featured on The Frisky, the popular women's online magazine, and as a guest columnist on DearWendy.com. Known for her savvy and candid approach, Rachel examines the ins and outs of relationships from the standpoint of a snarky best friend: loyal, honest, and bold enough to tell you what you need to hear (and what others might be too afraid to say).
Pat Fish has been a blogger for almost ten years. She has been published numerous times in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort book series and wrote for Blogcritics. She has written a few books and vows to write till death does part her from the keyboard. Pat loves to write about current events and enjoys reviewing movies, books and, of course, TV shows.
Bridget Fonger is the co-author of “The Lazy Woman’s Guide to Just About
Everything,” a book that helps women become happier, more passionate
and fulfilled by living the “Lazy Way,” aka with less stress and more
joy! Ms. Fonger has been featured on HGTV several times with her home
décor and entertainment tips. She has a huge passion for making
beautiful food that is healthy and contends “Even die hard foodies can
lose weight in an effortless and blissful way.” You can see her recent
musings on all things Lazy at her blog: lazywoman.blogspot.com and check
out the book at www.lazywoman.com or on Amazon.
Fiona Graham-Mackay is London's newest royal portrait painter. She is also recently back from painting in the Pakistan-Afghan border. She studied at London's Royal College of Art, had a studio in Paris before returning to the UK to paint and teach in London, Spain and Italy. Her next assignments are in Antigua and New York. Check out Fiona's featured column section ArtScene.
Charlotte Germane is a well-known California garden writer with a weakness for English landscapes. She's living la vida flora as the social media manager for two garden companies. For non-garden fun she's a regular reader of A Right Royal Blog.
Margaret Holder has been writing about the Royal Family in newspapers and magazines for thirty years. She also broadcasts frequently on the BBC, both radio and television. She reckons she has now written more royal documentaries than anyone else in the world. Some are still being shown on channels in the UK and USA and many are available on DVD. She believes we are entering a new and exciting era with William and Kate.
Adam Jahnke runs has been writing about film since age 13, when he began foisting a self-published newsletter on friends and family (copies of which are now mercifully lost to the ages). In 2000, he joined the staff of the highly respected DVD website The Digital Bits, where he continues to serve as columnist and contributing editor. He is also the co-author of the books Make Your Own Damn Movie! and The Toxic Avenger: The Novel with Troma Entertainment’s Lloyd Kaufman. Check out Adam's Featured Column, An Honor To Be Nominated.
Al Kooper legendary musician (Bob Dylan, Blues Project, Super Session, Blood Sweat & Tears), producer (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nils Lofgren, The Tubes) and author (Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards), Al is happy to join the staff of The Morton Report in an effort to help his fellow listeners stay in tune!
Brad Laidman has been a free lance writer since 2000. His work has appeared in Film Threat, Perfect Sound Forever, and Rock and Rap Confidential. His defense of The Kinks' Dave Davies so moved the legendary guitarist that Davies labeled Brad his hero and he has the email to prove it.
Christopher Lee is a noted British historian, author and correspondent.
Lee may be best known for his origination and writing on the 3-part BBC
radio series, "This Sceptered Isle" and is a former BBC Royal
Correspondent. He is advising BBC Radio 4 on the constitutional and
historic aspects of the wedding of Prince William Catherine Middleton
and will be part of the R4 commentary team.
Maria Liberati, Celebrity chef and award-winning author is considered one of the foremost experts on Italian cuisine and culture in the United States. Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for her best-selling recipe novel series The Basic Art of Italian Cooking and her blog. Maria divides her time between her residence in the US and her country farm in Central Italy or her pied a terre in the center of Rome. Her culinary adventures/tours and cruises are legendary and have been held at some of Italy's most beautiful vineyards and castles. http://www.marialiberati.com/
Lynda Lippin is a world-renowned Pilates, Fitness, and Reiki instructor
with over 20 years experience. A former philosophy professor with a
discerning eye and ear for bad logic, bad service, and bad health and
fitness information, Lynda will lead you on a path towards Fitness
Summers McKay is a surprisingly young Hollywood veteran with a career
that started like most future industry moguls careers do - as an intern
at Entertainment Tonight. She spent over ten years on the Paramount
Studios lot before moving into the world of production in 2006. McKay
has produced short films, fitness DVD series, and a few reality shows
that you likely have not watched. She is the founder of the online
not-news journal ThingsThatAreNotNews.com, a Hollywood and Malibu hiking
addict, a Pacific Ocean groupie, and a poolside regular in Beverly
Brooke Miller is an emotional health expert, advice columnist and founder of Soapbox Therapy, an online emotional health resource. Known for fusing her kindness and empathy with a smart, no-holds-barred approach, Miller's columns have been called "thought-provoking and wisely witty" and her approach to mental health lauded as "fresh and innovative." Born in Detroit and raised in Chicago, Brooke now works, writes, Tweets and lives with her husband Jason in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out Brooke's Featured Column, Soapbox Therapy.
Lydia Morton creative, multi-talented and incredibly sarcastic, Lydia Morton is a PR person, journalist and blogger. In her free time she writes for various publications, most recently The RITZ Magazine and Quintessentially Magazine.
Matt Paprocki is a 13-year veteran of the video game, movie, and home media scene. He has written thousands of reviews, has been published on a variety of websites, and contributes his thoughts daily on a diverse range of topics.
Mindy Peterman is a freelance writer whose focus is on television, movies and pop culture. She has written over one hundred articles for the award winning Blogcritics.org website and has conducted interviews with producer Peter Asher, psychic-medium John Edward, Greg Grunberg and Bob Guiney from Band From TV, and Deborah Pratt, executive producer of the television series Quantum Leap. Peterman is also the author of the Quantum Leap tie-in novel Song and Dance.
Marc Osgoode Smith has covered - and participated in - Washington DC policy circles for more than two decades as a journalist covering media and as an association and think tank executive. Smith now enjoys his role as a "cultural observer" of DC Politics and the people that engage in them.
Victoria Robertson is the editor and founder of thecolumnista.com. An internationally ignored blog, The Columnista takes a fresh, playful look at current events. At the time of print, at least seven whole comments have been left. Praise on both sides of the Atlantic include: "Wow! Column of the Year!" [author's Dad]; "Awwww, you are so talented" [author's best friend]. Originally from Northern Ireland, Victoria lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Matt Rowe began his life with an AM radio, listening to anything that
was considered music. Since, he has labored intently to build a
collection of music, paring it down, rebuilding, and refining as he sees
fit. His decided goal is to keep up with new music by panning for the
nuggets among literal mountains of music (he LOVES Heartless Bastards).
In 2002, he began MusicTAP, a site that features music release news from
several locations, reviews of albums and DVDs, and the more than
occasional ramble of thought, incoherent or otherwise.
Emmie Scott is an English major-turned-marketing exec, with a passion for writing, humor, sharing knowledge, and "pink drinks." After hours, she started Are Toe Rings Professional Attire?, a blog for college grads and twenty-somethings looking to find their way through that daunting labyrinth called the "real world."
Holly Thorne has been writing and copy editing professionally since 2003
and has Olympic-level OCD. She misspelled the word "helicopter" in her
third grade spelling bee and still has nightmares about it.
Penny Thornton's career has taken her from the stage of the Royal Opera
House, Covent Garden to the deserts of Arizona and along the way she
spent time with Princess Diana and worked in the tabloid world of Rupert
Murdoch. Best known as an astrologer - she has columns and clients all
over the world and her website, Astrolutely.com, is one of the most
popular on the web - she is also a free-lance writer focusing on women's
Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit's legendary
Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today,
Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the
only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily
she only had to put on her Nars eyeliner to write for the Morton
Report. Check out Jaan's Featured Column, Kiss and Don't Tell.