2017 Moderators

Listed in alphabetical order

Jim BraudeJim Braude

Jim Braude is the host of Greater Boston, a news and analysis show, Monday-Thursday on WGBH Channel 2. Prior to that, he anchored Broadside: The News with Jim Braude, winning Emmy and Associated Press awards for his work. After 13 years at 96.9FM, Jim and Margery Eagan co-host Boston Public Radio at WGBH 89.7FM. Jim also writes occasionally for the Boston Globe Magazine. Jim was the founder and first president of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, a union representing staff in civil legal offices for the poor in 35 states. NOLSW helped lead the fight to preserve the national program when President Reagan proposed its abolition. He then served as the executive director of TEAM, the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts, a tax reform coalition, during which time he led many ballot campaigns, including the defeat of what would have been the largest budget cut on the ballot in U.S. history. He published Otherwise, a magazine on American politics, and then served as a Cambridge City Councilor. Jim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University’s Law School.


Kelly GallucciKelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of Bookish.com. She has an insatiable appetite for literature, especially young adult fantasy, and some days still can’t believe that she reads books and interviews authors for a living. When she’s not overseeing the editorial content for Bookish, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and binging Netflix with her pitbull. Kelly received her B.A. in English Writing from Marist College and her M.A. in Screenwriting from National University of Ireland, Galway. She currently resides in Jersey City, NJ. She is a Gryffindor.


Lucia GreeneLucia Greene

A Newburyport resident and former assistant editor of Children’s Books at E. P. Dutton, Lucia Greene is a lifelong lover of children’s books. A high point of her 30+ year career reporting, writing and editing for People Magazine was the opportunity to work alongside the creator of Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, the late author/illustrator Bernie Waber. She totally gets Jeff Kinney’s phenomenal international success: Every book in the Wimpy Kid series makes her laugh out loud!


Leslie HendricksonLeslie Hendrickson

Leslie Hendrickson is a writer and editor based in New York. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, Jane, ARTnews, The New York Sun and amNewYork, among others. She is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She has also competed in more than 15 triathlons and visited all 50 states.


Steve YarbroughSteve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough is the author of ten books. His new novel The Unmade World will be published in January of 2018. His other novels are The Realm of Last Chances, Safe from the Neighbors, The End of California, Prisoners of War, Visible Spirits and The Oxygen Man. He has also published several story collections. The recipient of numerous awards, he teaches at Emerson College.

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