We want students to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage civically.

Succeeding in the information age demands critical thinking. Fortunately, it’s a learned skill. Practice makes perfect, and we make that easy to do.

Our Story

We need to become critical thinkers. To make sense of the world, we all need 21st century skills.

Times have changed. Becoming well-informed is no longer easy. The news cycle is ever-shortening, the volume of information is ever-expanding, and the post-truth world our children are growing up in is scary. No matter where we may lean, our current news environment is unacceptable. Common knowledge and reasoned discussion have given way to an intensified duopoly of thought and unnavigable digital echo chambers.

We are champions of education and voracious consumers of news who have become frustrated by the rarity of civil discourse and by how difficult it has become to be an informed citizen.

So we put a team together and created The Juice, to build the tools our kids need to get a balanced take and to learn to think for themselves using our intentional educational process.

Our goal with The Juice is to educate our children and ourselves to wonder and ask questions, to build explanations and interpretations, to consider different viewpoints and perspectives, and to reason with evidence. So, together, we all can become true critical thinkers.

And that’s, The Juice!

Our Intentional Education Process

Expert Led

Our team of highly credentialed educators and award-winning journalists meet every afternoon to select and write stories that are important, educational, and engaging.

Standards Driven

All of our content is crafted to develop critical thinking, teach qualitative reasoning, and to provide educators with standards-based diagnostic data to help them track their students’ progress and performance.

Human Centered

Because we send The Juice to students and their family members, we like to say that The Juice is served from breakfast and savored at dinner.

Our Social Responsibility

Commitment to Schools

We want as many students as possible to benefit from The Juice.

That’s why we have a sliding scale for under-funded schools and community groups. We’re on track to provide 30,000 students with access to The Juice for free this year.

If you think your school or group qualifies, please contact us.

Commitment to Teachers

We build resources and tools that add relevance to lessons plans. Automated solutions lighten teachers' workloads.​

Commitment to Students

We want to help students become critical thinkers, regardless of their reading level or device preference.

Commitment to Journalism

We always follow the Golden Rule.

Commitment to Technology

We reimagine learning instead of digitizing traditional learning practices.

Meet our team of visionaries, educators, journalists, and technologists.

education

Brendan Kells

VP, Education

TaSheena Cineus

Assessment Expert

Lilli Leight

Content Manager & YA Lit Expert

Journalism

Antonio Mora

Editor in Chief

Adam Yogel

Senior Editor & Video Production Manager

Gary Gately

Senior Journalist

David Mendell

Senior Journalist

Technology

Robert Plotkin

CTO

Jordan Beck

VP, Product

Jennifer Dooley

Quality Assurance Analyst

Business

Clay Graubard

Associate, Business Development

Jenny Leight

Associate, Business Development

Cameron Elkins

Manager, Sales and Marketing

Leadership

Nathan Leight

Founder & CEO

Lorren Elkins

COO & CMO

Irina Carpov

CFO

Stephen Schifrin

General Counsel

More about The Juice

Brendan Kells

VP, Education

After a career spent teaching students to become more sophisticated consumers of information in the classroom, I now serve as The Juice’s lead education specialist. I ensure our products are aligned with the educational promises we’ve made to the educational community.

Like many career educators, in addition to my 14 years as a classroom teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, I served in many roles, including nine summers as the Principal of the Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy. As a principal, teacher, mentor, advisor, and coach, I taught a wide range of subjects to a wide range of learners.

I earned my BA in History from Boston College and my Masters in teaching from Tufts University.

TaSheena Cineus

Assessment expert

I began my career in education in 2005 as an elementary school teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University and a Master’s of Education in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia.

I spent 7 years as a classroom teacher and later transitioned into school leadership positions such as a Data Support Specialist, Dean of Instruction and Interim Principal.

Currently, I work as an Educational Consultant that supports instructional needs within New York City public and charter schools. My expertise is focused on school leadership, instructional coaching and development, curriculum planning, data analysis, and professional development.

In my spare time, I spending time with my family, trying new restaurants, and binge watching reality TV shows.

Lilli Leight

Content Manager & YA Literature Expert

I help the education and journalistic teams produce The Juice’s daily content, and also help create content for marketing and biz dev.

I earned my BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania where I graduated with English Honors and Magna Cum Laude. At Penn, I was a coxswain on the Women’s Varsity Rowing Team and was the Editor in Chief of the Wharton International Business Review.

After spending my Senior year of undergrad researching children’s books for my thesis, I decided to continue my studies at the University of Cambridge. There, I earned my Master of Philosophy in Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature at the Faculty of Education. I am a alumna of Darwin College and was a coxswain on the College’s rowing team.

When I’m not working, you can find me curled up with a book or trying a new ice cream flavor.

Antonio Mora

Editor in chief

I’ve worked in just about every capacity in the news business, not only in English, but also in Spanish. I’ve won national and local awards (including 12 Emmys), for anchoring, reporting, interviewing, and commentary. I worked in national news as “Good Morning America’s” News Anchor and as a correspondent for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.” More recently, I anchored an international news show on Al Jazeera America. I have also anchored local news in Chicago, Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

On the side, I often write columns about Latin American affairs and U.S. foreign policy. I appear frequently on national and international TV networks as a commentator on those topics and on the media. I also teach at the University of Miami’s School of Communication. I am a Harvard-educated lawyer and have a Venezuela law degree as well.

I am a news obsessive, but am saddened by the divisions in American politics and the identity crisis in U.S. media. I am excited about how The Juice can help unbiasedly inform and prepare future generations.

Adam Yogel

Senior Editor & Video Production Manager

I began working in news at an early age having been an NBC6 Junior Broadcaster in South Florida throughout high school. After earning a graduate degree in Media and Communications from Pace University in NY, I spent three years working for CNN’s morning show New Day. I’ve also worked as a producer for NewsmaxTV and as a producer of news, promotional, and educational content for the City of Coral Gables’ government access channel, CGTV.

Outside of my work in broadcast news I have spent a lot of time on camera and on stage as a television show host, actor and emcee. When I am not working I am thoroughly enjoying the South Florida lifestyle of boating, fishing, scuba diving, golfing and beach days.

I truly believe in objective journalism. It troubles me to see news coverage straying from that fundamental mandate. I feel very strongly that providing news consumers with facts and stories free of bias will allow them to decide for themselves what is real and what matters. I personally strive to remain fair and objective in all my media pursuits and am excited to apply that same objectivity to my work with The Juice

Gary Gately

Senior journalist

I’m a seasoned, award-winning journalist. I’ve written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Newsweek, The Center for Public Integrity, HealthDay News, BusinessWeek.com, CBSNews.com, CNBC.com, United Press International, and others.

In 11 years at The Baltimore Sun, I started in the county bureaus, advanced to key beats on the city and business desks and editing jobs. I have taught news, magazine, and travel writing at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Loyola University — Maryland.

I’m a big believer in the power of technology to transform the way news is delivered and to vastly expand the reach of coverage. But I’m old school in insisting that at a time when so much agenda-driven noise competes for our attention, we must get back to delivering well-written, unbiased news that is critical for an informed citizenry.

David Mendell

Senior Journalist

I am an award-winning journalist based in Chicago. I was a newspaper reporter for nearly two decades, the second being spent at the Chicago Tribune. My writing also has appeared in the Washington Post, New Yorker, Vox media and other outlets. I’ve taught journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

I am best known as the author of the first substantive biography of Barack Obama (OBAMA: From Promise to Power, HarperCollins). The book, a Washington Post bestseller, drew praise from both Obama’s critics and supporters. The National Review called the book “the best source of background material” on Obama and a New Yorker magazine writer deemed my work “an unparalleled chronicle of the making of an American president.”

In today’s chaotic journalism environment, it can be hard to ascertain the bias of various news sources and sort through the noise, despite the excellent work that is being produced. I am proud to work for a news and education entity that strives to provide unbiased news to a growing band of consumers.

Robert Plotkin

CTO

I have over 30 years of experience in technology, software and Internet development. After starting my career building cutting-edge medical diagnostic equipment, I spent a decade at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center developing and programming a parallel supercomputer, then worked on interactive and Internet streaming-media technologies and large-scale database applications. After that, I worked at an early-stage Internet company developing streaming video content and have been involved in technology assessment for private equity, venture and public company investment for more than 15 years.

I have been developing web properties for public and private companies as well as for not-for-profits since the 2000’s. I am the holder of multiple patents and am published in peer-reviewed technology journals. I hold degrees from Columbia University’s School of Engineering (BSEE) and NYU Polytechnic (MSCS).

When not working or spending time with my family, I can be found playing violin with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, working on my golf game or pursuing my passion for photography.

Jordan Beck

VP, Product

I spearhead The Juice’s design and product road map, and have over a decade of experience working at the intersection of education and Human-Computer Interaction. Before The Juice, I taught and helped develop the undergraduate degree program in user experience design at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

Prior to that, I co-managed the Center for HCI at Penn State’s College of Information Science and Technology. I have published extensively in prestigious, peer-reviewed venues that focus on design.

I earned my Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Indiana University and my Masters in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago.

My commitment to primary and secondary education dates back to my time teaching Carmen High School of Science and Technology.

Jennifer Dooley

Quality assurance analyst

I find bugs in our software, prior to release, so the user can love our product and have a great experience from the start. I earned a BA in Information Science and an MBA in Investment Finance from Fordham University.

I have 25+ years of experience across diverse industries, analyzing software, breaking it, verifying the fix and giving the final thumbs up to release.

When I’m not working, I have a passion for storm chasing and photography.

Clay Graubard

Associate, Business development

I am a major proponent of critical thinking, education, and technology. I earned my BA in Economics and International Relations, both with honors, at the University of Pennsylvania where I graduated summa cum laude. Afterwards I continued to study International Relations at the University of Oxford where I was a graduate member and the social chair of Mansfield College.

I previously worked at a hedge fund as well as an archaeological dig in South Africa, done consulting work for microfinance institutions, and worked various research positions.

When not working I enjoy hiking, skiing, playing the piano, reading, following the news, and playing video games.

Jenny Leight

Associate, Business development

I’m a student at Harvard College, but decided to take some time off to join the incredible Juice team. I study Psychology and Economics and have a focused interest in startups. For the past three years I have been a manager at Harvard Student Agencies, the largest student-run company in the world. There, I managed HSA Cleaners and Dorm Essentials as well as The Harvard Shop.

Managing store fronts, overseeing day-to-day operations, working with hundreds of employees, strategizing with my management team, and developing new partnerships and maintaining current ones has given me insight into how small businesses work. Most recently, I spent my summer at General Catalyst as an Analyst on the growth team. In my free time I love to run and bake (especially chocolatey baked goods!).

Cameron Elkins

Manager, Sales and Marketing

I play a key role in The Juice’s marketing and sales teams. I serve as the conductor of The Juice’s marketing focus groups, and I internally represent the voice of the educator.

I’ve held marketing positions for a variety of digital start-ups and entertainment brands including The Summit Music Hall, and I am passionate about the ability of a business to make a positive impact in people’s lives.

I am the Founder of the Ohio chapter of the non-profit charity organization, Advocates of Change, and graduated Cum Laude from the Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State University.

Nathan Leight

Founder and CEO

I am a serial entrepreneur and investor with 35 years of experience building, growing, and investing in businesses.

I have launched multiple startups, managed hedge funds and private equity funds, and sat on the boards of publicly traded companies as well as non-profit charities. Most importantly, I am the father of four children.

When not pondering, I love to bike, garden, hike, and make art.

Lorren Elkins

COO and cmo

I am passionate about media, technology, and the news. My career began at The New York Times where I held senior positions in marketing, circulation, advertising, and strategic planning. I left The Times at the beginning of the internet revolution and have since run several digital companies in the advertising and media segments.

I have also managed digital media for a company in the TV industry and assisted an international software company establish presence in the US. My interest in news goes back to my high school days where I served as our newspaper’s sports editor. Shortly thereafter I discovered the business side of newspapers and eventually landed as the business-side executive at The Harvard Crimson.

Irina Carpov

CFO

I keep an eye on the finances so we can focus on keeping an eye on the news.

I earned a BA in accounting from Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College. I am a certified public accountant and CGMA certified.

As a seasoned accounting professional with diverse experience in public, corporate, and private equity fund accounting, I provide support for the day-to-day operations, tax reporting as well as financial budgeting and forecasting for the company.

Stephen Schifrin

General Counsel

I make sure everything is legal and compliant and that the wheels keep turning. I’ve been advising companies and their managers at various stages of corporate development for a decade as both counsel and director. I earned my JD from The University of Texas School of Law.

I served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Diana Saldaña of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. I received my BA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am a member of the State Bar of California.

Need an account that can support more than 5 children? Just fill out this form and we'll get back to you with details shortly!

US Politics (Grades 11-12)

Biden Executive Orders Will Reverse Trump Policies

President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign a flurry of executive orders soon after his inauguration tomorrow. He plans to address what he’s calling the four crises facing the country. They are COVID-19, the economic downturn, racial injustice, and climate change.

An executive order is a written directive from the president carrying powers similar to a federal law. Presidents have historically used these orders to push policies forward quickly because they do not require approval from Congress. The downside of executive orders is that they are easily overturned by any new president. That is not true for federal laws.

Among other moves overturning Trump administration policies, Biden’s orders will return the US to the Paris Climate Accord and to the Iran nuclear deal.

Related to the pandemic, Biden will require face masks on federal properties and during interstate travel. Other orders will be aimed at safely reopening schools and businesses.

On immigration, Biden will order agencies to determine how to reunite children separated from their families after crossing the US-Mexico border. Another order will end travel restrictions targeting majority-Muslim countries.

Other orders will address “equity and support communities of color,” criminal justice reform, and access to healthcare.

Photo from Reuters.

Bold words are interactive vocab words in The Juice.

You are now being directed to The Juice's publisher,
News and News.

Rated least-biased by Mediafactcheckbias.com

We’re glad you stopped by The Juice.

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. By using this website you consent to our use of these cookies. Find out more about how we use cookies and how to manage them by reading our Privacy Policy.