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BENJAMIN SHAPIRO

 

Benjamin Shapiro was born in 1984. He entered UCLA at the age of 16 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in June 2004 with a BA in Political Science. He graduated Harvard Law School cum laude in June 2007.

 

Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate at age 17 to become the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S. His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including Townhall.com, ABCNews.com, WorldNetDaily.com, Human Events, FrontPageMag.com, FamilySecurityMatters.com, the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Conservative Chronicle. His columns have also appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun-Times, Orlando Sentinel, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, RealClearPolitics.com, Arizona Republic, and Claremont Review of Books, among others. He has been the subject of articles in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Associated Press, and Christian Science Monitor; he has been quoted on “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” “The Dr. Laura Show,” at CBSNews.com, in the New York Press, in the Washington Times, and in The American Conservative magazine, among many others.

 

The author of the national bestsellers, Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth (WND Books, May 2004), Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future (Regnery, June 2005), and Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House (Thomas Nelson, 2008), Shapiro has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows around the nation, including “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News), “Fox and Friends” (Fox News), “In the Money” (CNN Financial), “DaySide with Linda Vester” (Fox News), “Scarborough Country” (MSNBC), “The Dennis Miller Show” (CNBC), “Fox News Live” (Fox News Channel), “Glenn Beck Show” (CNN), “Your World with Neil Cavuto” (Fox News) and “700 Club” (Christian Broadcasting Network), “The Laura Ingraham Show,” “The Michael Medved Show,” “The G. Gordon Liddy Show,” “The Rusty Humphries Show,” “The Lars Larson Show” (nationally syndicated), “The Larry Elder Show,” The Hugh Hewitt Show,” “The Dennis Prager Show,” among others.

 

Shapiro is married and currently runs Benjamin Shapiro Legal Consulting, based in Los Angeles. He is Shillman Fellow at the Freedom Center.

DAVID DALEIDEN

 

David Daleiden is a citizen journalist with nearly a decade of experience in conducting investigative research on the abortion industry. In 2013, David started The Center for Medical Progress to pursue sophisticated, deep, and impactful investigative journalism projects pertaining to contemporary bioethical issues.

As Project Lead at CMP, David developed and executed the organization’s first long-term project, the 30-month-long “Human Capital” investigation documenting Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of body parts from aborted fetuses. Prior to CMP, David worked as Director of Research for a national new media education and advocacy organization. David is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Government, and his writing has been published in The Weekly Standard, The Human Life Review, USA Today, and The Hill. David has appeared on many radio and TV broadcasts including Southern California Public Radio, The Eric Metaxas Show, The Sean Hannity Show, EWTN, CBS, ABC, FOX News Channel’s Hannity and The O’Reilly Factor, and CNN’s New Day.

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ANN MCELHINNEY

 

Ann McElhinney is a NYT best-selling author, journalist, film producer and director and one of the most successful crowdfunders in the world.

 

She and her husband, journalist Phelim McAleer have written the NYT Best Seller Gosnell – The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, published by Regnery and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books A Million. The book debuted at #3 Amazon Best Seller and sold out in 3 days after publication.

 

She produced the Gosnell movie, with Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda. They financed the movie by running a massive crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. It was the most successful Indiegogo campaign ever. Over 26,500 people funded the film contributing $2.25m in 45 days. Up to date the project raised over $2.34m from over 29,000 people.

 

Gosnell is a ripped from the headlines story about a respected doctor who ran a medical clinic in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood. But behind the doors of his clinic the smiling, avuncular Kermit Gosnell was also America’s most prolific serial killer.

 

The project has attracted an enormous amount of media coverage on television, radio and with hundreds of articles written about the book, film and the historic crowdfunding.

 

McElhinney is the director and producer of FrackNationA Journalist’s Search for the Fracking Truth, a documentary on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the natural gas boom in the US and abroad.

 

FrackNation premiered January 22, 2013 on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV and was later picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures. The New York Times called the film “meticulously researched…provocative.” Variety said it was a “briskly paced…mischievous pic.”

 

FrackNation bypassed traditional funding methods and instead turned to Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website. In 60 days, 3,305 backers donated $212,265 to tell the truth about fracking. It was one of the most successful campaigns in Kickstarter history.

 

In 2009, she produced and directed Not Evil Just Wrong, a film which examines the devastating consequences of global warming hysteria.

 

Previously, McElhinney produced and directed Mine Your Own Business – the first documentary that asks difficult questions of the environmental movement. Canada’s The National Post said “Mine Your Own Business is devastating because it combats prejudices and fantasies with pictures that refute thousands of weasel words.”

 

McElhinney has also made documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). The Search for Tristan’s Mum concerned the case of Tristan Dowse, a baby who was adopted by an Irish man and his wife in Indonesia. Two years later, when the adoptive mother became pregnant, they abandoned Tristan in an Indonesian orphanage.

 

The case outraged Ireland and McElhinney tracked down Tristan’s natural mother and, going undercover, infiltrated the baby-selling ring. Tristan is now living with his natural mother in Indonesia and the baby sellers are serving lengthy jail sentences.

 

The Irish government initiated a high court protection order to protect Tristan’s interests and when delivering his judgment, Justice John McMenamin said McElhinney deserved the “highest of praise” for her investigative journalism.

 

McElhinney was featured in and was the Associate Producer of the highly controversial documentary Return to Sender (2005) for CBC.

 

McElhinney has also written for or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including CNN, FOX News, ABC (US), BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland), The Sunday Times and The Irish Times. She is a regular on a number of US talk radio shows including The Hugh Hewitt Show, The Dennis Miller Show and The Dennis Prager Show.

 

McElhinney has worked as a journalist and filmmaker in the US, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Ghana and Uganda.

She is an entertaining and sought-after public speaker.

McElhinney produces and directs with her husband Phelim McAleer.

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RYAN BOMBERGER

 

Ryan Bomberger has a rather unique perspective of the innate nature of Purpose. His biological mother was raped yet courageously gave him a chance to live and the beautiful gift of adoption. He was adopted at 6 weeks of age and grew up in a loving, multi-racial Christian family of 15. With siblings of varying ethnicities, he grew up with a great appreciation for diversity. Ten of the thirteen children were adopted in this remarkable family. His life defies the myth of the “unwanted” child as he was adopted, loved and has flourished.

Today, he is an Emmy® Award-winning Creative Professional who founded The Radiance Foundation (TRF), a life-affirming 501(c)(3), along with his wife, Bethany. He is a broadcast media designer, producer, columnist, passionate factivist, international public speaker and author of the new powerful book, Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong.

From congressional briefings on Capitol Hill to launching billboard campaigns in major cities across the country to advocating for adoption (see our AdoptedAndLoved.com initiative) to inspiring youth & adults with their one-of-a-kind multimedia presentations, Ryan has had incredible opportunities to address hundreds of thousands across the country.

He was the creative force behind the first ad campaign to expose abortion’s hugely disproportionate impact in the black community. The bold TooManyAborted.com billboards/web campaigns made an unexpected impact in the pro-life movement. The effort received massive media coverage from The New York Times, USA Today, LA Times, CNN, MSNBC, the Associated Press, Washington Times, Fox News, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and across the blogosphere. The extensive media attention enabled The Radiance Foundation, and Ryan’s personal story of adoption, to reach millions. Working in conjunction with noted national civil rights leaders like Dr. Alveda King (niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Ryan is involved in national efforts to expose and defund Planned Parenthood by illuminating this human rights injustice. He has also traveled the country helping pregnancy help centers raise millions of dollars at fundraising events to support women and their children (born and unborn).

The first Radiance billboard campaign was launched in Atlanta, GA.

His regularly published articles address the cultural dynamics of many issues including abortion. Sometimes his thoroughly researched and pointed remarks rile establishment folk, like the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, the NAACP. The nation’s oldest civil rights organization sued Ryan and The Radiance Foundation for exercising their First Amendment right to parody the organization’s name. With the incredible help of Alliance Defending Freedom, Radiance was victorious after two years in court!

Through Radiance, Ryan has worked with organizations around the world to illuminate the truth about human dignity. He was recognized among conservative leaders across the country by Star Parker and given C.U.R.E.’s inaugural Lion Chaser Award (Lonnie Poindexter pictured with Ryan and Bethany), based on 2 Samuel 23:20.

Ryan earned his Masters in Communications from Regent University where he was named the 2012 Alumnus of the Year. He and Bethany also received the 2012 Messiah College Christian Stewardship Alumni Award. Ryan has several decades of experience in leadership as well as in mentoring and educating young people. As a creative director, writer, designer, motionographer, and public speaker, and citizen journalist he has been able to share with diverse audiences about Purpose and the Hope that transforms. Through creative ad campaigns, powerful multimedia presentations, fearless journalism, and compassionate community outreach, The Radiance Foundation addresses a myriad of social issues in the context of God-given purpose. As Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation, Ryan hopes to continue to impact millions to embrace their intrinsic value and the incredible possibility with which we are all created.

Ryan is happily married to the love of his life, Bethany. They are the proud homeschooling parents of four amazing children, two of whom are adopted. They are his daily inspiration in illuminating that every human life has purpose.

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WESLEY J. SMITH

Lawyer and award winning author, Wesley J. Smith, is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. He is also a consultant to the Patients Rights Council.

In May 2004, because of his work in bioethics, Smith was named one of the nation’s premier expert thinkers in bioengineering by the National Journal. In 2008, the Human Life Foundation named him a Great Defender of Life for his work against assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Smith left the full time practice of law in 1985 to pursue a career in writing and public advocacy. He is the author or coauthor of twelve books. His Human Exceptionalism blog, hosted by National Review Online, is one of the premier blogs dealing with human life and dignity.

His latest book (2016)is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a revised and updated edition of his award-winning Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America, a warning about the dangers of the modern bioethics movement, was named one of the Ten Outstanding Books of the Year and Best Health Book of the Year for 2001 (Independent Publisher Book Awards).

Smith’s book Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide and the New Duty to Die (1997, Times Books), a broad-based criticism of the assisted suicide/euthanasia movement has become a classic in anti-euthanasia advocacy and is now in its third edition published by Encounter Books in 2006. Smith also authored Consumer’s Guide to a Brave New World, in which he explored the morality, science, and business aspects of human cloning, stem cell research, and genetic engineering. His 2010 book, A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement is a searing critique of the ideology and tactics of the animal liberation movement and a rousing defense of the unique importance of human exceptionalism. He followed that book up with The War on Humans, an expose of radical environmentalism.

He formerly collaborated with Ralph Nader, co-authoring four books with the consumer advocate. In addition, Smith co-authored (with Eric M. Chevlen, MD), Power Over Pain: How to Get the Pain Control You Need.

Smith has published hundreds of articles and opinion columns on issues such as the importance of being human (human exceptionalism), assisted suicide, bioethics, eugenics, transhumanism, legal ethics, medical ethics, and public affairs. His writing has appeared nationally and internationally, including in NewsweekNew York TimesThe Wall Street JournalUSA TodayForbes, the Weekly StandardNational ReviewThe Age(Australia), The Telegraph (United Kingdom), Western Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Bioethics.
Throughout his career in public advocacy, Smith has appeared on thousands of television and radio talk/interview programs, including such national shows as ABC NightlineGood Morning AmericaLarry King LiveCNN Anderson Cooper 360CNN World ReportCBS Evening NewsEWTNC-SPANFox News Network, as well as nationally syndicated radio programs, including Coast to CoastDennis MillerDennis PragerMichael Medved, and Afternoons with Al Kresta, and EWTN. He has appeared internationally on Voice of AmericaCNN International, and programs originating in Great Britain (BBC), Australia (ABC), Canada (CBC), Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Germany, China, and Mexico.

Smith is often called upon by members of legislative and executive branches of government to advise on issues within his fields of expertise. He has testified as an expert witness in front of federal and state legislative committees, and has counseled government leaders internationally about matters of mutual concern.
Smith is an international lecturer and public speaker, appearing frequently at political, university, medical, legal, disability rights, bioethics, religious, industry, and community gatherings across the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and at the United Nations.