Daniel Luepker, Co-Founder, CEO and COO
Daniel Luepker is the CEO and COO of Hard Lens Media. Daniel also works as a cameraman, editor, marketer, and radio personality for the company. Before starting Hard Lens Media, Daniel was a member of Wolf-PAC Illinois which successfully passed an article 5 amendment calling for the end of money in politics via a constitutional convention. He also joined College Works Painting where he outsold over 3000 of his competitors during a two-month period. After experimenting with another media startup, Daniel co-founded Hard Lens Media.
Daniel is a native of Chicago and enjoys sponging up information about news, politics, sciences, and philosophy; cooking for his girlfriend, and playing politically inclined or strategic video games.
Kit Cabello Co-Founder, VP and Communications
Kit Cabello is a native resident of the Chicago and served two tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in the United States Marine Corps. After, serving faithfully for four years he was honorably discharged and decided to further his education at Northeastern Illinois University. He graduated Cum Laude, became member of the political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha, majored in political science and minored in news media and communication. Throughout his five years attending Northeastern Illinois University Kit believes that a well-informed populace that understands its political system and a free independent media is necessary for a functioning Republic. It should be noted that Kit also stands against money in politics namely the disastrous Supreme Court ruling Citizen’s United. In 2014 Kit and a team of political organizers from Wolf-PAC helped pass a resolution (SJR-42) calling to get money out of politics in the Illinois State House and Senate. This action also resulted in Illinois also being recognized by Congress as the first state calling for an Article 5 convention.
Paul is a video editor and radio contributor for Hard Lens media. A Chicago Transplant from Michigan, Paul has worked in the Technology industry for the last 10 years and has more recently become politically vocal. Paul is a peace advocate, concerned about America's foreign policy positions, climate change, wealth and income inequality and issues of social justice.
Lauran grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended Community High School D94 in West Chicago, IL. Lauran’s interest in politics sparked her Freshman year when she joined the debate team known as the Junior Statesmen of America (JSA). By her Senior year, she was President of the team and had attended nine conventions in Springfield, Madison, WI and Washington D.C. with fellow JSA chapters from the Midwest, and it inspired her to pursue politics as a major at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. Due to the high cost of public college tuition, Lauran dropped out in her Junior year and worked to find ways to stay involved and research Illinois legislation on her own. After attending The People’s Summit in Chicago in 2016 and 2017, Lauran found an opportunity to pursue political journalism through a new acquaintance from the event’s network of activists, grassroots leaders, politicians, reporters and folks from around the country. She joined Hard Lens Media in September, 2017 as a co-host on the radio show at Que4 Radio and reports on the actions taking place in Springfield, IL.