Krystal Ball is a journalist, activist, and founder of Pelican, a media brand that highlights solutions for personal, community and national wellness. She also writes for Glamour magazine’s political coverage, The 51 Million where she highlights political issues of particular importance to women. For the previous three years, Krystal co-hosted MSNBC's topical news, politics and culture daily program, The Cycle. Krystal's own original reporting on The Cycle focused on income inequality, the decline of American manufacturing, the struggle for a higher minimum wage, and gender equality. While at MSNBC, Krystal also developed and co-produced Krystal Clear (KC), a flagship feature of MSNBC's all digital channel Shift, and anchored live stream coverage of special events like the 2014 mid-term elections and the 2015 State of the Union.
Krystal’s initial foray into politics came at 28 years old, when she ran for Congress in the 1st District of Virginia. Following her congressional campaign, Krystal was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Women in the Mid Term Elections." The Week magazine rated her as one of the Top Eight Political Stars of 2010, along with Marco Rubio, Scott Brown and Chris Christie. Profiled all over the United States for her innovative use of Social Media in politics, Ball's compelling political vision for her party was featured as far away as The South China Post.
Krystal has provided commentary on programs as diverse as “The Ed Show,”, "The Today Show",“Good Morning America,” “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” PBS:“To The Contrary,” “The Dylan Ratigan Show,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” and Megyn Kelly.
Her writing has appeared in publications such as US News and World Report, the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, and Politico; she has been a featured speaker at Columbia, Princeton, and George Washington University and Harvard; and a guest lecturer at the New School in New York City. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband Jonathan and two adorably willful children. She is on Twitter @krystalball and Instagram @krystalmball.