J. Lester Feder is a contributor to BuzzFeed and former reporter for Politico. He has written about everything from music to religion for outlets including The New Republic, Salon, and The Nation. While at Politico, he covered the Obama administration, Congress, and the Supreme Court during the battle over health reform. Before becoming a journalist, he earned a PhD from UCLA with a dissertation on country music and the conservative movement. He plays guitar and banjo and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.