TRM, also known as The Real Mainstream, is headquartered in East Moline, Ill., in the Quad Cities that connect Illinois to Iowa.

Here are ways to contact The Real Mainstream:

• To publicize your event, email reachus@therealmainstream with who, what, when, where, why and a picture or graphic, plus relevant links.

• To send a letter to the editor, go to Write a Letter to the Editor.

• To inquire about submitting your work to The Real Mainstream, go to Freelancing.

• To explore advertising in The Real Mainstream, go to Advertise.

• To submit news or a story idea, go to Share a Story Idea.

• To donate to The Real Mainstream, go to Support.

To reach an individual writer, click on the author’s profile on the Team page.

For all other needs reach out to:

Christine Hawes, Editor

Christine Hawes is editor and founder of The Real Mainstream. She has worked and written for more than 20 years for traditional and alternative publications and is also a freelance writer, education communications specialist, part-time composition instructor, and a former political consultant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, journalism and English from the University of Northern Iowa, and her master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield‘s PAR program. Reach her at or by voice or text at 309-306-1372.