News & Views Contributors

Annemarie McLean

Annemarie McLean is a writer for Liberty Counsel, a nationwide public interest civil liberties law firm committed to restoring the culture, advancing religious freedom, protecting the unborn, and strengthening the family. In 2012, she founded 3D Missions, an international outreach taking the Gospel to the nations through the performing arts, and co-founded Brave & Beautiful, a platform empowering young women to live, love, and lead courageously. She holds a journalism degree from Oral Roberts University, with post-graduate work in organizational leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University. 

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Emily Hawley

Emily (Wood) Hawley is a staff writer for Liberty Counsel, a nationwide public interest civil liberties law firm committed to restoring the culture, advancing religious freedom, protecting the unborn, and strengthening the family. Emily previously worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and served as a political appointee in the Trump White House and as a press secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Liberty University where she served as editor-in-chief of the Liberty Champion newspaper. 

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Harry Mihet

Harry Mihet is Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel with Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family. Harry grew up in communist Romania, where his father pastored seventeen, mostly underground churches, and faced persecution. Harry received his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Florida and his law degree from Duke University School of Law.

Harry joined Liberty Counsel in 2008, after sensing God's call to defend our most cherished freedoms. Since then, Harry has participated in many critical issues, including the defense of churches against unconstitutional and discriminatory government closing orders; the defense of employees and military service members against unlawful vaccination mandates; the defense of pro-life Americans facing frivolous lawsuits by the Department of Justice; the defense of high school administrators charged with criminal contempt for the crime of “praying”; and the defense of Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed because of her conscience and religious beliefs regarding marriage.

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Jonathan Alexandre

Jonathan Alexandre, Esq., is an attorney and Senior Counsel for Governmental Affairs for Liberty Counsel, a litigation firm dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family. In this capacity, Jonathan consults with and advises law and policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels across the nation.

Jonathan was a Presidential Appointee serving on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Agency for Global Media for the Trump administration. He serves as General Counsel for the Frederick Douglass Foundation. Formerly the Assistant General Counsel and Public Policy Coordinator for the Massachusetts Family Institute in Boston, Jonathan also developed the Massachusetts Attorney Resource Council, a network of pro-family Massachusetts attorneys. Jonathan previously worked for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in Israel as a Scholar in Residence, and was a civilian attorney at the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. He and his wife, Renee, just welcomed their first child.

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Mat Staver

Mat Staver serves as Senior Pastor, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel; Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action, Faith and Liberty, Freedom Federation, Salt & Light Council, and National House of Hope; Founder and Chairman of Liberty Relief International; Vice President and Chief Counsel of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (which includes over 42,000 Evangelical Hispanic churches); Trustee, Timothy Plan, a family of mutual funds traded in New York and Tel Aviv; and former dean of Liberty University School of Law. Mat has the highest AV rating for attorneys and is board certified in Appellate Practice by the Florida Bar. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has published many scholarly and popular articles, brochures, numerous booklets and books, including Why Israel Matters, Covenant Journal, and Eternal Vigilance. He has produced the “Why Israel Matters” original TV, as well as produces and hosts Faith & Freedom, an 11-minute daily radio program, Freedom’s Call, a 60-second daily radio program, and Freedom Alive, a 30-minute weekly TV program. He is married to Anita, who is president of Liberty Counsel.

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Michael Larson

Michael Larson is a retired U.S. Naval Officer and served for 28 years on active duty. Throughout his career, Michael was a communicator serving as a combat photojournalist and public affairs officer in a variety of worldwide assignments, including deployments on aircraft carriers and on the ground in Iraq, Africa, The Philippines, and Israel. He now serves as Liberty Counsel’s Media Director and writes on a variety of issues related to religious liberty, sanctity of life, and the family. He holds a criminal justice degree from Chapman University and graduate degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from San Diego State University.

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John Stemberger

John Stemberger is the president of Liberty Counsel Action and Senior Counsel of Liberty Counsel. John founded the influential Florida Family Policy Council, which he led for over twenty years, and was a primary founder of Trail Life USA, a nationwide Christian scouting movement for boys. 

John is an AV-rated Orlando attorney and has been a conservative policy advocate for over 35 years. He is the author of Legacy of Life, a book published in 2023 that pays tribute to 50 of the greatest pro-life leaders. John is a graduate of Florida State University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.  

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Michaela McLean Wilkes

Michaela McLean Wilkes is a faith and culture contributor for The Liberator, host of the “Be Brave & Beautiful” Podcast and co-founder of "Brave & Beautiful," a ministry that empowers today's young women to lead with confidence and courage, grounded in biblical values.  She graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Public Relations and Dance from the University of Alabama in 2019. She is also a writer and contributor for The Conservateur, an online publication that embraces conservative values of faith, family, and freedom.

Michaela won the title of Miss Florida 2019 and placed in the Top 15 at Miss America 2020. She currently resides in Naples, Florida with her husband Grayson and their Golden Retriever, Archie. 

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