Good Morning!

Hello devoted Political Animals! I’ll be your guest blogger for today, filling in for Mr. Kilgore who is taking unexpected leave due to a medical issue in his family. Send your thoughts and/or prayers his way.

Let me tell you a bit about myself before I get started. I’m from the Southwest originally, Utah and then Colorado. I went to Reed College, graduating in 2008 with a degree in chemistry. I served in the Peace Corps in South Africa from 2009-2011, and wrote an article about the experience which was published in the March-April issue of this magazine. After my service, I took an internship here, eventually coming on as part of the business staff. You may already be familiar with me if you follow the Monthly Twitter account (@washmonthly), as I do many of those tweets. I keep my own blog here, and you can follow me on Twitter as well (@RyanLouisCooper).

Pleasure to meet everyone, and I’m honored to be following in the footsteps of Kevin Drum, Steve Benen, and the Mighty Kilgore. First, let’s have some music.

Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper is national correspondent for the Week, and a former web editor for the Washington Monthly.