December 19, 2010

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges, whose column is published Mondays on Truthdig, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

December 12, 2010

Andre Schiffrin, founder of The New Press

Andre Schiffrin has been a leading figure in the book publishing world for nearly 50 years. As head of Pantheon books Andre Schiffrin edited titles by Jean-Paul Sartre, Studs Terkel, Art Spiegelman, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault. In 1990 he resigned and set up the non-profit publishing house The New Press. Schiffrin has also written several of his own books.including A Political Education (Melville House), in which he examines socialist ideas in postwar America.

December 05, 2010

Lisa Graves, Executive Director for The Center for Media and Democracy

Lisa Graves is the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, the publisher of PR Watch, SourceWatch, and BanksterUSA. She joined the Center in mid-2009. She previously served as a senior advisor in all three branches of the federal government, as a leading strategist on civil liberties advocacy, and as an adjunct professor (at George Washington University Law School). She has written articles for a number of publications and also served as Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review. Call and join the conversation.

November 21, 2010

Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He writes about the Internet and the emergence of networked economy and society, as well as the organization of infrastructure, such as wireless communications. In the 1990s he played a role in characterizing the centrality of information commons to innovation, information production, and freedom in both its autonomy and democracy senses. 

November 07, 2010

Paul Jay of The Real News

Paul Jay is the CEO and Senior Editor of The Real News Network. 9/11 and the Iraq war were turning points in history and it had an irreversible effect in Paul Jay's life. Alarmed by the inability of major media to ask the underlying questions, Paul decided to combine his film and television experience and his quest to know the undercurrents of news to build an independent television network. Three years later IWT - The Real News is on it's way. Paul is an internationally acclaimed, award winning filmmaker whose films include Return To Kandahar, Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows, Lost in Las Vegas, and Never-Endum-Referendum. Paul was the Executive Producer of counterSpin - Canada's flagship debate show on CBC Newsworld, for a decade. He was also the Founding Chair of the Hot Docs International Festival (Toronto), now the largest in North America.

October 31, 2010

Juan Gonzalez from Democracy Now!

Juan Gonzalez has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years and a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987. A recipient of the 1998 George Polk Award for commentary, Gonzalez was the first reporter in New York City to consistently expose the health effects arising from the September 11, 2001 attacks and the cover-up of these hazards by government officials. He is a founder and past president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and a member of NAHJ's Hall of Fame. During his term as NAHJ president, Gonzalez created the Parity Project, an innovative program that creates partnerships between local communities and media organizations to improve coverage of the Latino community and to recruit and retain more Hispanic journalists. He also spearheaded a successful movement among U.S. journalists to join other citizen groups in opposing the Federal Communications Commission's deregulation of media ownership restrictions.

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