The Tennessee Star – launched in 2017 – is the flagship member of the Star News Digital Media family.
We feature articles reporting news, politics, and policy at the state level, primarily from Tennessee. We round out our daily coverage with national stories and thoughtful commentary of interest to our readers.
Senior Management Team
CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Michael Patrick Leahy
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 Star, The Ohio Star, The Michigan Star, The Minnesota Sun, The Virginia Star, The Georgia Star News, The Florida Capital Star, and The Arizona Sun Times.
He is also the host of The Tennessee Star Report, broadcast weekday mornings from 5 am to 8 am on 98.3 FM and 1510 WLAC in Nashville.
Leahy was the sole proprietor of The Tennessee Star website from its launch in February 2017 to August 2018, when it was acquired by Star News Digital Media, a company in which he is the majority shareholder.
He has been a Breitbart News contributor since 2012, and is the author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement, published by Harper Collins’ Broadside Books imprint in 2012, and co-author of The Star News Digital Media Guide to the Constitution and Bill of Rights for Secondary School Students, published in 2019.
He is also the creator of 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. This academic year, the National Constitution Bee will once again be held in October, in Brentwood, Tennessee, where students from across the country are invited to compete.
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. She 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.
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The Star News Digital Media network includes
The Tennessee Star – tennesseestar.com
The Ohio Star – theohiostar.com
The Minnesota Sun – theminnesotasun.com
The Michigan Star – themichiganstar.com
The Virginia Star – thevirginiastar.com
The Georgia Star News – georgiastarnews.com
The Florida Capital Star – thefloridacapitalstar.com
The Arizona Sun Times – arizonasuntimes.com
The Wisconsin Daily Star – wisconsindailystar.com
The Texas Lone Star – thetexaslonestar.com is coming soon