Salena Zito, born and bred in Pittsburgh, worked for a Pittsburgh newspaper for 11 years. Since 2016, she has worked for the New York Post, acts as a CNN political analyst, and works as a staff reporter and columnist for the Washington Examiner.

Brad Todd, a sixth-generation native of rural East Tennessee, is a founding partner at OnMessage media firm. His candidate clients have included six U.S. senators, three governors, and more than two dozen congressmen.