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The Iowa Star – launched in February 2023 – is the newest member of the Star News Digital Media family.

In this Special 2024 Caucus Edition, we feature articles reporting election news, politics, and policy at the state and national level. We round out our coverage with national stories and thoughtful commentary of interest to our readers.

Senior Management Team 

CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Michael Patrick Leahy
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CTO & Executive Editor
Christina Botteri
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The senior management team of Star News Digital Media are the majority shareholders of the company.

Michael Patrick Leahy is the CEO and Editor-in-chief of Star News Digital Media, which owns and operates a family of state focused conservative news sites, including The Tennessee StarThe Ohio StarThe Michigan StarThe Minnesota SunThe Virginia StarThe Georgia Star News,  The Florida Capital Star, The Arizona Sun Times, The Wisconsin Daily Star, The Pennsylvania Daily Star, and The Connecticut Star, and The Iowa Star.

He is the founder of the Star News Education Foundation and the creator of The Star News Education Foundation Constitution Bee program, which began with the 2017 Tennessee Star Constitution Bee. In 2020, the Bee was postponed until October over pandemic concerns. In 2021, the National Constitution Bee was held October 23, in Brentwood, Tennessee, where students from across the country gathered to compete. The 2023 National Constitution Bee will be held October 21.

An early innovator in social media, Leahy founded Top Conservatives on Twitter in 2008 and organized and hosted the February 20, 2009 conference call of a handful of activists, including Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots, Dana Loesch, and Star News Digital Media co-founder Christina Botteri that launched the Tea Party Movement one week later.

A native of upstate New York, he is a graduate of Harvard College, has an MBA from Stanford University, and has lived in the Nashville area since 1991.

Christina Botteri is the CTO and Executive Editor of Star News Digital Media, and co-founder of the Star News Education Foundation. She is the designer and developer of the Star News brands, websites, and books; and has more than two decades of experience working in communications, media and public relations, and social media for technology startups. She was active as an early organizer of the Tea Party movement in 2009 and 2010.



M.D. Kittle is the Managing Editor for The Iowa Star and The Star News Network National Political Editor. A 30-year veteran of print, broadcast and online journalism, Kittle has won several Associated Press and other journalism industry awards for his investigative reporting. His work has been featured in Fox News, The Federalist, Townhall, The Daily Signal and other national publications.

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Star News Network Digital Editor



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