MAYA SHAFFER
Founder/investigative reporter
Critical, MA

Speaking Topics

•Massachusetts public records law and the update to the state records law.
•Police abuse, misconduct, surveillance, and accountability in Massachusetts.

Maya Shaffer graduated into the great recession with a bachelor’s degree in English. She joined the Occupy movement, became an outspoken critic of the media, then began documenting the protests herself as a blogger. After Occupy Maya became an organizer against police abuse and surveillance. While organizing protests over the police shooting death of unarmed veteran Denis Reynoso in his home, Maya was unable to find a news outlet willing to cover the details in the District Attorney’s report on the shooting that called the police department’s version of events into question. Because of this Maya gave up organizing in order to become an investigative reporter to publish stories like Reynoso’s. She co-founded The Baystate Examiner and self published investigative articles and news videos, which have been viewed millions of times, until her column and work was picked up by other print and digital outlets. Maya’s work is focused on issues of transparency and accountability related to the government of Massachusetts.

PAUL STEINHAUSER
News Political Director, NH1

Speaking topics: 
2018 and 2020 campaign politics and New Hampshire state politics.

Paul Steinhauser likes to describe himself as New Hampshire’s most versatile political reporter. The former longtime D.C.-based CNN political editor – who reported on national politics on TV and on-line – moved to his wife’s native state in 2014 to take the dream job as political director, anchor and correspondent for NH1 News. He quickly made the startup news organization a major player covering politics on TV, radio, and on the web. Paul also found himself back on CNN, as well as MSNBC, Fox News, PBS NewsHour, and NPR dozens of times during the 2016 cycle, thanks to his scoops and interviews with the presidential candidates. Nowadays Paul reports on the 2018 and 2020 cycles for the Concord Monitor, the Portsmouth Herald, Fosters Daily Democrat. He can also be heard on the radio each morning on New Hampshire Today, the state’s most popular news-talk program, as well as New Hampshire Now in the Capital Region. And Paul talks politics monthly on NPR.

Brief Bio  

  • 2002-2005 Executive Producer of CNN’s Inside Politics
  • 2006-2010 CNN Deputy Political Director
  • 2011-2014 CNN Political Editor
  • 2014-present NH1 News Political Director