Staff

JAVIER MANJARRES

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is based in Miami/Fort Lauderdale and is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist, author, and Publisher of The Floridian.

He is a father of 4 young children and enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, and weight-lifting. Javier has made many appearances on Fox, Newsmax, CNN, NBC, CBS, and The Blaze, and has been cited by numerous media publications including, The Hill,  New York Times, Washington Post, POLITICO, Tampa Bay Times, Fox News, and Miami Herald.

“Very few people in Florida politics have the reach and influence that Javier does.  When Javier talks or writes, we listen.”—U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R)

“Javier has his finger firmly pressed on the pulse of politics. It is quite astonishing to see how significant of a role he plays in Florida and Washington, D.C.”-—Governor Ron DeSantis (R)

DANIEL MOLINA

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

 

 

 

JOSHUA SMITH

Josh Smith/ The Floridian

Joshua Smith is based in Jacksonville and recently graduate from the University of North Florida. He is currently seeking a Master's Degree in English.

 

 

 

JACKSON BAKICH

Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich is based in Tallahassee. Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the Sunshine State, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

Jackson's work has been cited in Newsmax, POLITICO and other media outlets.

 

MICHELLE ROSENBERG

Michelle Rosenberg

Michelle Rosenberg is a graduate student at Florida International University pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Affairs with a concentration in Globalization and Security. She has an extensive professional background in the legal industry. In addition to her contributions to The Floridan, Michelle also founded The Emet Times, an online news source dedicated to issues related to Israel and the Jewish community.

 

 

GRAYSON BAKICH

Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich is based in Orlando and has received his Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His research concentrated on the polarization in U.S. politics and how it could lead into justification of violence. His work has been featured in national outlets such as Fox News, POLITICO, and Newsmax.

 

 

JIM MCCOOL

Jim McCoolJim McCool is based in Tallahassee and is currently a Senior at Florida State University, studying Political Science and Religion.  With a deep interest in politics, Jim has been initiated into the Benjamin Franklin Society of Scholars, and has competed nationally in undergraduate Mock Trial, as well as started the Moot Court team at his former high school.  When not writing or studying, Jim is usually hitting the gym, watching reruns of Frasier, or keeping tabs on the New England Patriots.

LIV CAPUTO

Liv Caputo/ The Floridian

Livia Caputo is a senior at Florida State University, working on a major in Criminology, and a triple minor in Psychology, Communications, and German. She has been working on a journalism career for the past year, and hopes to become a successful reporter after graduation. Her work has been cited in Fox News, POLITICO, New York Times, the New York Post, and the Daily Mail

MATEO GUILLAMONT

Mateo GuillamontMateo Guillamont is a Miami-based reporter covering Miami-Dade County politics and the U.S. Congress.