MEET THE TEAM
Host & Producer
Eugene Puryear is a longtime journalist and community organizer currently-based in New York City. Eugene helped to organize a number of the large-scale demonstrations that took place against the continuing U.S. war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, he was a key leader In the struggle to free the Jena Six in 2007, and a founder of the anti-gentrification group Justice First, the Jobs Not Jails coalition, DC Ferguson Movement and Stop Police Terror Project-D.C. Puryear is the author of the book Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America, and spent five years in radio prior to helping found BT News.
Ben Becker is a New York City-based journalist and historian, who has edited several books including Shackled and Chained and Imperialism in the 21st Century. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the City University of New York, where he also taught classes on the Civil Rights Movement and Labor History. He previously worked as a National Organizer with the anti-war ANSWER Coalition, which led mass protests against U.S. interventionism in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
William Whiteman is an English journalist and filmmaker, now based in New York. Before joining BreakThrough as Creative Director, Will worked as a war zone reporter and a trade unionist. His dispatches from the Libyan front lines against Islamic State won the 2017 New York Festivals gold award for Special Reporting. His documentary on the Grenfell tower fire, "Failed by the State" won the award for Best Documentary at The Portobello Film Festival in London 2019.
Designer, Journalist, Social Media Specialist
Rachel Hu is a New York City based journalist, designer, and Asian American anti-war activist. She is the host of CovertAction Bulletin the official podcast of CovertAction Magazine which airs on 99.5FM in NYC.
She has also been a community organizer for nine years fighting against police terror and racism.
Rachel has seven years experience in design, and two years experience in motion design. Rachel's design direction of the aesthetics of BreakThrough News reflects her deep passion for bringing modern design to left media.
Producer & Editor
Matt Belen is a video editor with six years of experience as well as a background in film. Other outlets Matt has worked for are Vice News, Buzzfeed, MTV, Means TV, and more.