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Brandon Tensley


Brandon Tensley is a national political writer at CNN, where he covers the intersection of culture and politics. He was previously the associate editor at New America, a co-host of Slate‘s Outward podcast, and a contributing writer at Pacific Standard magazine.

Prior to joining New America, Tensley was the advocacy and communications associate for the Poverty Program at the Center for American Progress. He was a 2015-16 Luce Scholar in Thailand, a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar in Germany, and a 2012 HIA Fellow in Denmark. His work has been widely published, including in The AtlanticForeign AffairsSlateTime, and The Washington Post, among others. Tensley holds a master’s degree in politics from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in German studies and political science from Furman University.


Updated January 2021