Maria Armoudian is the author of Kill the Messenger: The Media’s Role in the Fate of the World, a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center for International Studies, the host and producer of the Pacifica Radio programs The Scholars’ Circle and The Insighters, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California. She served as an environmental commissioner for the city of Los Angeles for five years and in the California State Legislature for eight years, working on environmental protection, government oversight, poverty reduction, civil rights, and corporate reform legislation. Her articles have been published by the New York Times Syndicate and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and have appeared in Salon.com, Alternet, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Progressive, Inc., Daily Variety, and Billboard. Maria serves on the board of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and is a musician and singer/songwriter. Her self-released CD is titled Life in the New World.