john anner

author, international development expert, fundraising strategist and avid explorer

ARTICLES AND EDITORIAL WRITING



John was founder and publisher of Third Force magazine, a publication dedicated to issues and action in communities of color.

John was founder and publisher of Third Force magazine, a publication dedicated to issues and action in communities of color.

John Anner is a prolific writer and editor.  He began writing as a teenager when he served as feature editor of his Greenwich, CT high school newspaper The Beak. During his years at Tufts University, he penned articles on politics and the economy for the Tufts Political Action Coalition broadsheet The TPAC Participant.

After graduating Tufts and after serving two years in the Peace Corps, John joined the editorial staff of Nicaraguan Perspectives, where he later became editor-in-chief. John then went on to become the founder and publisher of Third Force magazine, a project of the Center for Third World Organizing, where John worked from 1990-1997. Third Force was dedicated to issues and action in communities of color. (The magazine later was turned over to the Applied Research Center, and re-named ColorLines.)

John's editorial experience and activism coalesced in the founding of the Independent Press Association (IPA). The IPA was born out of the first Media and Democracy Congress held in San Francisco in 1996 when John and several other editors of small, progressive magazines decided to form a membership-based organization which would combine their efforts to support the independent press. John became the IPA's first Executive Director, where under his leadership the IPA grew from an initial $5,000 grant to an operating budget of $3.5 million by end of 2002.

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John left the IPA in early 2003 and returned to one of his first passions, international development, when he became the President of East Meets West, an organization dedicated to solving critical development challenges facing the world's most impoverished communities. At EMW, John leads a staff of 150 in eight countries. 

Currently John actively writes for on issues of international development and organizational management and culture, especially through his blog writings.

An article for Native Peoples magazine about sacred weavings from the Aymara tribe in Bolivia

An article for Native Peoples magazine about sacred weavings from the Aymara tribe in Bolivia

John's article on sacred weavings from the Aymara tribe in Bolivia appeared in this issue

John's article on sacred weavings from the Aymara tribe in Bolivia appeared in this issue

John was an editor for the Tufts University TPAC Participant newspaper

John was an editor for the Tufts University TPAC Participant newspaper

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A spread inside Third Force magazine written by John. John's work often explores the intersections between race, economics and social justice.

A spread inside Third Force magazine written by John. John's work often explores the intersections between race, economics and social justice.

The Ink Reader was the newsletter of the Independent Press Association, a membership coalition of progressive publications. The Ink Reader was one of many IPA publications that provided technical assistance for independent publishers. John was Executive Director of the IPA for seven years.

The Ink Reader was the newsletter of the Independent Press Association, a membership coalition of progressive publications. The Ink Reader was one of many IPA publications that provided technical assistance for independent publishers. John was Executive Director of the IPA for seven years.

John was Featured Editor of The Beak newspaper, published by students of Greenwich High School. 

John was Featured Editor of The Beak newspaper, published by students of Greenwich High School.