Dana Scarton is an award-winning reporter.  She has interviewed politicians, academics, sport figures, medical professionals, and celebrities, and has covered events ranging from national medical conferences to the Winter Olympics. Dana holds an M.F.A in writing from American University and has studied the pre-medical sciences at Georgetown and George Washington universities. She has worked as a columnist and an investigative reporter, once spearheading a series about financial corruption in a Pittsburgh municipality that prompted an investigation by the state auditor general and ultimately led to prosecutions. Dana is on the speaking circuit in Washington, D.C. and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Salon.com, and a number of other publications. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

No doubt, living in Washington and being a cable news junkie and a regular reader of national publications has sparked Dana’s fascination with politics. The political arena is fast-paced, packed with personalities, and almost always controversial.  And although government is perhaps the most obvious and entertaining of political venues, there are others. In medicine, women’s groups and medical experts argued when an independent panel of doctors recommended against routine mammograms for average-risk women, ages 40 through 49, and said those 50 through 74 should undergo the procedure every two years. Was the panel’s recommendation political?  Not likely, although many tried to frame it that way.  Were the debates that broke out following the recommendations political?  Without a doubt.  Each party had a vested interest; each had something at stake. The same could be said for debates shaping up in education, in business, and in the media. Where there is controversy, there is politics.

Shetalkspolitics.com will attempt to wade through the controversies. The blog will cut through the spin and break things down so that maybe, just maybe, facts and reason and real-word issues affecting real people will prevail.  As for forming an opinion, you can do that for yourself.  We’re here to listen, should you decide to share your thoughts.