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Andrea Chalupa

Writer and Journalist

Andrea Chalupa is a writer, journalist, and producer in New York. She is the author of the 2012 eBook Orwell and the Refugees

 Andrea helped launch online video for Condé Nast Portfolio and AOL Money & Finance. She reported on-camera for these outlets, covering the 2008 presidential conventions, the Sundance Film Festival, and Ford Motor Company's Scientific Research Laboratory. For the Huffington Post, Andrea writes on business, entertainment, and politics. Interviewing C.E.O.s and business leaders, Andrea's stories skew towards the offbeat, such as the popular "C.E.O.s Who Go to Burning Man" and "Bette Midler on Creating Green Jobs." 

As an online video host and producer, Andrea's on-camera interviews include discussing the blogosphere vs. the mainstream media with Arianna Huffington, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinksi of Morning Joe, and Bob Schieffer of CBS News. After graduating from the University of California at Davis with high honors in History, Andrea worked as a community organizer in the 2004 presidential election, wrote for the Portland Mercury in Portland, Oregon, attended the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and lived in Kyiv, Ukraine where she auditioned to be a national news anchor for 5 Kanal, started a Doors-inspired band, and oversaw the translation of her grandfather's Soviet memoir about growing up under Stalin and his years as a tortured political prisoner in a secret NKVD prison.


10 Essential Quotes for Writers

The magic “x-factor” that people talk about when they talk about talent is not so magical: it’s simply a matter of hard work. And no other craft reminds one of […]

Happy George Orwell Day!

While Americans observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the historic swearing-in of President Barack Obama to a second term today, using the bibles of Lincoln and MLK, across the […]

Plutocracy: The New Manifest Destiny

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to be at the historic K’s Hamburger in Troy, Ohio.  For generations, republican presidential candidates have been stumping at this little hamburger shop […]

Teach Children How to be Hated

On a warm spring night in Paris, May 29, 1913, a riot broke out in the Champs Elysee Theatre during the premier of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” As […]

The Wisdom of Mary Higgins Clark

The Brooklyn Book Festival took place last weekend, and I still can’t stop thinking about Mary Higgins Clark. She’s a GILF, a grandmother I’d like to “Friend,” and leave inside […]

Yes, Plan to Write a Memoir

We, the living, have won the history jackpot. As centuries go, the 20th century ranks as exceptional, a hard to fathom whirlwind. (The apocalyptic way Stalin and Hitler mass-murdered side-by-side.) […]

Pussy Riot and the Weapon of Art

UPDATE: The three members of Pussy Riot have been found guilty for “hooliganism” on Friday August 17th in one of the closest watched Russian trials since the Stalinist regime and […]

Bruce Lee on Transformation

Sex symbol. Lethal weapon. Superstar. Chuck Norris dominator. Whatever epic descriptions we use to remember Bruce Lee, it’s hard to imagine this legendary martial artist once struggled in his career. […]

Writing is Acting

Writers can spend days, weeks holed up in a room, churning out words, not knowing if their work is any good—engaging, or just shallow “busy work.” Actors, on the other […]

Science Grant Writing 101

The tight squeeze in science funding means the best are forced to be even better. In an economic downturn, it’s like that across industries, but in no other area do […]

Obama, the Bushes, and the Perfect Ask

Due to Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling, this installment of Purpose, Inc. will delve into an important relationship lesson that models “the perfect ask” as told through Obama, the Bushes, […]

Fear is a Friend You Haven’t Made Yet

Stories of German film director Werner Herzog's calm under pressure are legendary. Not only did he continue an on-camera interview after being shot in the stomach by a sniper, but he saved Joaquin Phoenix from a car wreck that could have exploded.

You Can’t Live in Dissatisfaction

It was as though a spontaneous performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream broke out next to us on the sidewalk. My husband and I were on our way home […]

What You Give, You Will Get Back

“Bread. Kasha. Sometimes fish. Water.” Those are the things that Maryna Vroda, winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year for the best short film, lists […]

Reincarnation as Political Will

UPDATE: Steve Jobs famously said, “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” I wanted […]

Energy is the New Currency

Bistra Milovansky chases inspiration for a living. The Bulgarian immigrant and self-described “holistic lawyer” can often be found doing business from a hammock in Costa Rica, working on her laptop […]

Orwell and the Refugees

1n 1947, Ukranian refugee Ihor Ševčenko wrote to England and persuaded George Orwell to authorize a Ukranian translation of Animal Farm. Over six decades later, writer Andrea Chalupa tracked down the story of this extraordinary man.