Our Team


John Byrne

Founder, CEO, Executive Editor

John Byrne is Founder, CEO and Executive Editor of Valorist, the news and entertainment website focused on bringing shareable content to smart, energetic news. Ten years after founding the popular politics site Raw Story, Byrne created Valorist in 2014, determined to create a site that married his interest in intelligent journalism, specific personal interest verticals (cars, drinks, investing and technology) and content akin to cartoons in the New Yorker — shareable memes and articles that kept readers coming back.

Byrne’s Raw Story, which was built from scratch without investor capital, draws 10 million monthly readers and employs editors in six states.

Prior to Valorist and Raw Story, Byrne was a correspondent for The Boston Globe, McClatchy Newspapers and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. In 1999, he also founded The Oberlin Grape, a college periodical that continues today. He lives in Miami Beach.


Carrie Belin

Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief


Ben Nguyen

Co-founder, Coder