The Armenian Weekly is made possible by a small team, made up of full-time editorial staff, staff writers, columnists, interns, and volunteer contributors.
Karine Vann is acting editor of the Armenian Weekly. She is a musician who transitioned into journalism while living in the Caucasus for several years. Her work has appeared in Smithsonian.com, The New Food Economy, and a number of other publications. Her critical writings focus primarily on the politics of culture, media analyses, and the environment. She spends her spare time in front of a keyboard, at a farm, or making a fuss about zero waste. If you have comments, questions, pitches, or leads, she can be reached at email@example.com.
Latest posts by Karine Vann (see all)
- Can Armenia Be the First to Ban Single-Use Plastic in a Throwaway Global Economy? - July 10, 2018
- Transcript: An Interview with Political Analyst Irina Ghaplanyan - May 31, 2018
- Tensions Winding Down in Yerevan—For Now - May 4, 2018
Leeza Arakelian is the editorial assistant for The Armenian Weekly. She is a formally trained broadcast news writer and a graduate of UCLA and Emerson College. Leeza has written and produced for local and network television news including Boston 25 and Al Jazeera America.
Raffi Elliott is a Canadian-born entrepreneur and occasional journalist who likes to ramble on about socioeconomic and political issues in Armenia. He lives in Yerevan with his family. He also holds a masters degree in International Relations.
Latest posts by Raffi Elliott (see all)
- How Repatriates Will Influence Yerevan’s Next Municipal Government - September 13, 2018
- Going After Kocharian Was Premature - August 31, 2018
- Armenia’s Most Curiously Profitable Asset Could Be the .AM Domain - August 16, 2018
Arsineh has been living in Armenia on and off since 2001 and has worked on marketing and branding for many clients locally and globally. She currently does all the marketing for Adzoukh restaurant in Yerevan, her husband’s latest venture with his friend and business partner.
Latest posts by Arsineh Valladian (see all)
- Reforming Parenting and Gender Roles - September 21, 2018
- It Takes a Village to Raise a Child (Or at the Very Least, Transport One) - September 13, 2018
- Giving Birth in Armenia vs. the U.S.: A Comparison - September 7, 2018
Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier, a weekly newspaper based in Glendale, Calif. He is the president of the United Armenian Fund, a coalition of the seven largest Armenian-American organizations. He has been decorated by the president and prime minister of the Republic of Armenia, and the heads of the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches. He is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Latest posts by Harut Sassounian (see all)
- Trump and Bolton Undermine the International Criminal Court - September 21, 2018
- Prophet Muhammad’s Rarely-Known Decree To the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem - September 14, 2018
- Congress Must Investigate U.S. Loans To Secretive Azeri Silk Way Airlines - September 5, 2018
C.K. Garabed (a.k.a. Charles Kasbarian) has been active in the Armenian Church and Armenian community organizations all his life. As a writer and editor, he has been a keen observer of, and outspoken commentator on, political and social matters affecting Armenian Americans. He has been a regular contributor to the Armenian Reporter and the AGBU Literary Quarterly, “ARARAT.” For 20 years, Garabed has been a regular contributor to the Armenian Weekly. He produces a weekly column called “Uncle Garabed's Notebook,” in which he presents an assortment of tales, anecdotes, poems, riddles, and trivia; for the past 10 years, each column has contained a deconstruction of an Armenian surname. He believes his greatest accomplishment in life, and his contribution to the Armenian nation, has been the espousing of Aghavni, and the begetting of Antranig and Lucine.
Garen Yegparian is a fat, bald guy who has too much to say and do for his own good. So, you know he loves mouthing off weekly in the Weekly about anything he damn well pleases to write about that he can remotely tie in to things Armenian. He's got a checkered past: principal of an Armenian school, project manager on a housing development, ANC-WR Executive Director, AYF Field worker (again on the left coast), Operations Director for a telecom startup, and a City of LA employee most recently (in three different departments so far). Plus, he's got delusions of breaking into electoral politics, meanwhile participating in other aspects of it and making sure to stay in trouble.
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