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.

If You're Afraid Of Flying, The Odds Of A Plane Crash Will Reassure You

By John Haltiwanger and Lilli Petersen
Are you flying somewhere today? Feeling somewhat nervous about it? Well, there’s no reason to be worried; probability is on your side. Sit back, relax, and check out the in-flight drink list, because the odds of a plane crash are very much in your…

One Year On, Here's How Coronavirus Has Changed Us

By Lilli Petersen
Well, it’s March. Again. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the official start of the coronavirus pandemic. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. That day, 245 new COVID-19 cases…

The Equality Act Is Back & Twitter Is Cheering This Win

By Lilli Petersen
Add a check to the "wins" column: On Thursday, Feb. 25, the U.S House of Representatives voted to pass the Equality Act, the LGBTQ+ rights legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. While the bill still…

This Chess Queen & Her Gambit Were Here Long Before The TV Show

By Lilli Petersen
Ashley Lynn Priore has a quick response when I ask her what she thinks of the hit show The Queen’s Gambit. “We were here first!” she says, only half-jokingly. Priore, 21, is the founder, president, and CEO of The Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute in…

Claudia Conway Responded After Kellyanne Allegedly Posted A Topless Photo Of Her

By Lilli Petersen
Claudia Conway, the teenage daughter of former Trump administration aide Kellyanne Conway, has become famous for her TikTok posts about social justice issues (and the conflicts she has with her mother about them). But on Jan. 25, things turned…

Tiffany Trump Is Engaged, & What A Way To Ring Out The Trump White House

By Lilli Petersen
The soon-to-be-former first family is expanding! After a little over two years of dating, President Donald Trump's younger daughter is set to tie the knot. You heard it here, folks: Tiffany Trump is engaged, and what a way to ring out her family's…

Here's An Expert's Take On Whether The Capitol Riot Was Really A Coup

By Lilli Petersen
No matter what you want to call it, what happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was a low point for American democracy. Across social media and the real-life spaces of the country, many people called the siege at the Capitol a coup, intended to stop…

Democrats Didn't Hold Back In The New Article Of Impeachment Against Trump

By Lilli Petersen
Here it comes: On Jan. 11, a mere five days after the unprecedented riot at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats introduced a new article of impeachment against President Donald Trump. If it comes to a vote, it would potentially make Trump the first…

Here's What Georgia's Senate Runoff Results Mean For The United States

By Lilli Petersen
Election season 2020 was one for the history books, and the wait for the final results stretched all the way into 2021. With control of Congress hinging on the results of Georgia's special election on Jan. 5, all eyes around the country were on the…

Donald Trump’s Final Christmas Tweet In Office Was A Biblical Video With Melania

By Lilli Petersen and Rhyma Castillo
After a turbulent year full of sickness, economic crises, public protests against racism and violence, and everything else that happened in 2020, it's nice to sit back and enjoy some cozy Christmas celebrations. Whether you're spending the holiday…

Melania Trump's Final White House Christmas Decorations Are Going Out With A Bang

By Lilli Petersen
Pour one out for the blood trees, because the Trump family's final holiday season in the White House is upon us. After three years of some, shall we say, interesting style choices, first lady Melania Trump switched things up a bit for her final try.…

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…