Patrick Butler, public TV's new chief lobbyist, wrote speeches for President Gerald Ford, was a founder of the Pew Research Center, and helped provide Ken Burns with funding for his acclaimed Civil War documentary series. Butler started work as president of the Association of Public Television Stations Jan. 1 . The APTS leader has represented major media firms in Washington - the Washington Post Co. for 18 years, and before that Times Mirror Co. and RCA. Join Bob and Director of Created Content for Illinois Public Media, WILL Radio and TV Online as they discuss the role of federal funding in Public Broadcasting.
Mary Bottari previously served as a Senior Analyst for the Washington, D.C.-based consumer group Public Citizen in its Global Trade Watch division. She and Bob discuss BanksterUSA.
Michael Copps joined the FCC on May 31, 2001 and was sworn in for his second term in December 2005.
Copps served until January 2001 as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Basic Industries. Copps came to Washington in 1970, joining the staff of Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) and serving for over a dozen years as Chief of Staff. He has also held positions at a Fortune 500 company and at a major trade association. Before coming to Washington, Copps was a professor of U.S. History at Loyola University of the South. Copps received a B.A. from Wofford College and earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bob McChesney speaks at the University of Illinois YMCA Speaker's Forum recorded in September 2010 and first aired on WILL AM580 that October. The topic is "Farewell to Journalism? The Battle to Build News Media and American Democracy."