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The Real News

The Real News
The Real News Network YouTube.png
(founded by Paul Jay)
Slogan"The future depends on knowing"
CountryUnited States and Canada (main, also studios in other countries)
Broadcast areaGlobal (World Wide Web)
HeadquartersBaltimore, MD and Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Real News Network (TRNN) is a nonprofit news organization. TRNN was launched in 2007 by Paul Jay, who serves as the network's CEO and senior editor.[1]

The Real News Network uses internet broadcasting. It is also available on Xfinity video on demand[2] and Roku.[3] The Real News has offices in Baltimore and Toronto.[4]


Influenced by events such as the 2000 US presidential election, 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina, Jay felt that there needed to be a news network capable of making complicated concepts accessible to the average person. Jay and crew officially opened shop in Toronto in September 2007.[5] The Real News does not accept funding from advertising, governments, or corporations. During TRNN's development stage, Jay reported turning down $50,000 in funding from the Canadian government.[6] Though the organization initially intended to sustain itself exclusively on viewer donations after its first three years of broadcast, it has not yet reached its sustainability goal. TRNN is therefore partially reliant upon grant money for its operating funds.[7]

Relocation to Baltimore

TRNN moved to Baltimore in June 2014.[8] Located at 231 N Holliday St., TRNN operates out of the largest sound stage in the city.[9] After the network's success in Toronto, Jay desired to move TRNN to an American city, one facing social and economic problems endemic to cities across the country.[7] Using video-calling services such as Skype, TRNN's anchors and hosts interview experts from all over the world on various topics of local, national, and international importance.[9]


The Real News features experienced professional journalists from across the globe, and employs around forty people.[10] In mid-November 2019, the board announced it was "finalizing the terms of" the departure of co-founders Paul Jay and Sharmini Peries, with openings for Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief.[11]

Analysts and journalists

  • Former[12] CEO and Senior Editor: Paul Jay
  • Former Journalist and Executive Producer: Sharmini Peries
  • Former Producer and presenter: Aaron Maté
  • Newsroom: Kim Brown, Thomas Hedges, Kathleen Maitland-Carter, Dharna Noor, Jaisal Noor, Kayla Rivara, Gregory Wilpert, Anton Woronczuk, William Arenas, Marc Steiner.


The Real News interviews economists, politicians, and policy experts about breaking news. Regular programs include "Reality Asserts Itself," multi-segment interviews on critical issues, and "Rattling the Bars" with host and former Black Panther Eddie Conway. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, is a regular contributor. The climate change crisis is considered "an existential threat".[1]


The Real News Network works with the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at University of Massachusetts Amherst to produce interviews and debates.[13] The Laura Flanders Show is a content partner.[14]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Our Mission". Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  2. ^ "Comcast Creative (@ComcastCreative)". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  3. ^ "The Real News". Roku. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  4. ^ "Contact Us". The Real News. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  5. ^ "Curiosity, driving trucks, and a dash of Roland Barthes: A POV interview with Paul Jay – Point of View Magazine". Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  6. ^ ""Oh, you mean the REAL news!": Interview with Paul Jay, IWT/The Real News, Part 2". Daily Kos. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  7. ^ a b Zaleski, Andrew. "Real News Network plants roots-and tackles the "media desert"- in Baltimore". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  8. ^ "The Real News Media Center Grand Opening". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  9. ^ a b "Real News Network Skypes In Voice of the Common Man | NewTek Studio". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  10. ^ "News without the sponsors". The Age. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  11. ^ "TRNN Announces Two New Executive Positions and Departure of Paul Jay and Sharmini Peries". The Real News Network. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
  12. ^ Smith, Yves (2019-11-08). "Paul Jay and Sharmini Peries Ousted from The Real News Network in June; Current Fundraiser Hides that Fact; Falling Viewership and Liberal Turn Result". Naked Capitalism. naked capitalism. Retrieved 2019-11-08. Paul and Sharmini were on leave over the summer and subsequently left the organization, and are in conversations with the TRNN Board about finalizing the terms of their departure.
  13. ^ "PERI: PERI Multimedia". Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  14. ^ "The Laura Flanders Show". The Real News Network. Retrieved 2019-11-18.

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