Lilli Petersen

Bio

Lilli is the News Editor at Elite Daily, where she leads coverage on all things news and politics, including reproductive rights, the Trump administration, and social justice issues. To keep it fun, she also oversees Elite Daily's I Have The Job You Want series, profiling all the people who do the fun and fascinating jobs you wanted when you were seven. Before joining Elite Daily, she was previously a News & Politics Writer with Refinery29. Besides her depressing obsession with politics, she loves to talk about her dog, Star Wars, her dog, feminism, her dog, and the enduring importance of Sansa Stark as the true hero of 'Game of Thrones.' Send her pitches at lilli.petersen@bustle.com, or follow her on Twitter for some quality dog content and the occasional feminist rant.

Mauree Turner Is "Still Processing" Their History-Making Election

By Lilli Petersen
Mauree Turner didn’t know they'd made history on Election Day 2020. “I’d just been going and going and going,” the activist and first-time candidate tells Elite Daily. The election season had been exhausting, and Turner was focused on the finish…

People Are Sobbing Over Kamala Harris Making History In 2020

By Lilli Petersen
After years — er, I mean days — of waiting for final election results, the 2020 election has finally been called in favor of Joe Biden. And while it's obviously a big moment for Biden, his campaign, and all of America, Twitter is also focused on one…

Trump's First Speech After Election Day Got Cut Off & Twitter Is Roasting Him

By Lilli Petersen
The 2020 election feels like it's been going on, oh, forever. Through it all, President Donald Trump has repeatedly made baseless claims of voter fraud, and on Nov. 5, he did it again. Except, some people are clearly not giving him the airtime…

AOC Shared The Most Emotional Message After Her Re-Election Race

By Lilli Petersen
The 2020 election cycle has been a wild ride, hasn't it? While the presidential election has been a roller coaster, other races are a little easier to predict — but that doesn't mean anyone should take them for granted. On Nov. 3, Rep. Alexandria…

People Are Furious About Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation Vote For This Reason

By Lilli Petersen
The makeup of the Supreme Court has officially changed for the third time in four years. On Oct. 26, exactly one month after her official nomination, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States, filling the seat vacated…

These New Teen Voters Have 2 Very Different Approaches To Gun Issues

By Lilli Petersen
For first- and second-time voters, casting your ballot can feel intimidating. There are so many important issues to consider — how do you know which ones you should pay attention to or which ones will affect your life most? In Elite Daily’s election…

This Quiz Will Help You Figure Out Your Best Method To Cast Your Vote

By Lilli Petersen
Get your American flag pin ready and start thinking of ways to show off your "I Voted" sticker (aka the best political swag), because Election Day is on Nov. 3. That means that you have less than 30 days left to figure out how you want to cast your…

Twitter Is Calling Out Trump's "Recklessness" After He Got Coronavirus

By Lilli Petersen
I mean, it was really just a matter of time, right? After months of disputing the efficacy of masks, holding indoor rallies, and generally questioning the science around coronavirus, President Donald Trump has tested positive for coronavirus, which…

Trump Is Moving Fast To Announce A New Supreme Court Nominee

By Lilli Petersen
With barely six weeks to Election Day, President Donald Trump has, yet again, the opportunity to nominate a new justice to the Supreme Court, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The timing has both Republicans and Democrats in a…

Here's How Abortion Is Affecting These 2 New Voters' Decisions, From Both Sides

By Lilli Petersen
For first- and second-time voters, casting your ballot can feel intimidating. There are so many important issues to consider — how do you know which ones you should pay attention to, or which ones will affect your life most? In Elite Daily’s…

Storm Reid Wants Gen Z Voters To Be Taken Seriously

By Lilli Petersen
The 2020 election is going to be a big one for the two youngest generations. This year, millennials are projected to be one of the largest voting demographics in the United States, and Gen Z, with an estimated 24 million eligible voters in 2020, is…

Twitter Is Going Off About Joe Biden's Pick For VP

By Lilli Petersen
As if 2020 wasn't already one for the history books, now there's another groundbreaking moment to add to the list. On Aug. 11, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced that he'd selected Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his…

Michelle Obama Shared A Sunny Memory To Celebrate Barack's Birthday

By Lilli Petersen
On Aug. 4, 2020, President Barack Obama celebrated his 59th birthday, but given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic a big party is probably not in the cards. But that just gives him more time to celebrate with family, and his family is clearly ready.…

Donald Trump's Quotes About Defunding The Police Make His Stance Clear

By Madhuri Sathish and Lilli Petersen
As protests against police brutality continue across the country, so do calls to overhaul policing in the United States. Activists involved in movements to demilitarize police departments are also demanding that city councils defund — and in some…

This Washington Sports Team Is Finally Changing Its Racist Name & Twitter Is Hyped

By Lilli Petersen
The United States is in the middle of an ongoing reckoning with systemic racism after — yet another — set of high profile killings of Black people. Around the country, many are reevaluating their internalized biases, while organizations and…

Drag Queen Shea Couleé Is All About Working Hard & Speaking Out

By Lilli Petersen
If you could get paid to put on makeup and gorgeous clothing and show off — well, calling the option a “no-brainer” doesn’t quite cover it, does it? For a professional drag queen like Shea Couleé, 31, that’s literally the life. But then, real life…

The Supreme Court Just Made A Major Ruling On Abortion

By Lilli Petersen and Madhuri Sathish
Despite everything else going on in the United States, it's still Supreme Court ruling season, and on June 29, 2020, the justices gave Americans a big one. The Supreme Court's ruling on abortion case June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo affirmed the…

Here's What To Know About Your Rights As A Protester Before You Go March

By Cianna Garrison and Lilli Petersen
The consistent killings of Black people at the hands of police have sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism since late May. However, the protests have varied in terms of how they've been received by authorities and…

Barack Obama Shared Some Very Specific Advice About Action After George Floyd's Death

By Lilli Petersen
As public rage over the killings of black Americans, often at the hands of police, continues to escalate, protests around the country are growing as well. In Minneapolis, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and other cities, protesters are turning out…

Gun Safety Activist Nza-Ari Khepra Wants You To Be On Social Media More In Quarantine

By Lilli Petersen
The year 2020 isn't even halfway over, and it feels like it's already been a decade. Between the coronavirus pandemic and all the other trials and tribulations of the past few months, it's particularly important to pause and take a moment for…