Mark Nickolas is the managing editor of the Political Base, which was launched in October 2007 by his partner, CNET co-founder Shelby Bonnie. Previously, Mark published the widely-read Kentucky political blog BluegrassReport.org.
Prior to joining the digital world, Mark spent a decade in Democratic politics. He was a staffer to Vice President Al Gore during his 2000 presidential campaign, and was one of the original Florida recount staffers. In 2002, Mark served as Sen. Tim Johnson's (D-SD) deputy campaign manager during his 524-vote re-election victory. In 2003, he managed then Kentucky Attorney General (and current Congressman) Ben Chandler's gubernatorial campaign, and then managed Chandler's successful bid for Congress in the February 2004 special election. and his re-election later that year.
Originally from Oakland, California, Mark is a 1989 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He presently lives in Brooklyn, New York.