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Lori Messing McGarry is a multi-media journalist, radio host, audio producer.


A native Nebraskan, she divides her time between Washington DC and New York City.

An avid photographer and traveler, she has visited more than fifty countries.


She was a longtime Board Member of Arlington Independent Media and is currently a graduate student in Journalism at Georgetown University.

Former Director of Policy with the Wireless Association in Washington, DC, she has served on federal advisory committees and international telecommunications standards groups.

REAL FICTION FORUM merges Lori’s interest in public policy, civic discourse and journalism history and ethics.

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Lori Messing McGarry


Who We Are

Real Fiction started as a six-episode radio program on a community radio station in metro Washington, DC with authors & creative minds discussing the real and imaginary forces that fuel stories.


It continued a four-year run, airing WERA-FM Radio and NPR’s KXCV in Missouri.


Real Fiction radio has hosted bestselling authors, scholars, policymakers and journalists and now exists as a podcast.


REAL FICTION FORUM is the next iteration – online forum, a podcast and a forthcoming literary travel journal.

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