November 08, 2009

Mark Contreras, Senior Vice President/Newspapers, EW Scripps

Mark Contreras joined The E.W. Scripps Company in January, 2005 as vice president newspaper operations. He was promoted to his current position of Senior Vice President/Newspapers in March, 2006. Mark oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the Scripps newspaper division, which includes daily and community newspapers in 13 markets, innovative Web-based information services and other related businesses. Mark is a member of the Executive Committee of the Newspaper Association of America and serves as its vice chairman. He is a board member of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts as well as Cincinnati Public Radio, a trustee of the Scripps Howard Foundation, and a member of the National Association of Multicultural Media Executives. He is former board chairman of the American Press Institute, as well as The Cabot Westside Clinic (Kansas City, MO), former trustee and executive committee member of the College Misericordia (Dallas, PA), former board member, Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association (Harrisburg, PA), and in 1996 was selected by Presstime magazine as one of the "20 under 40".

November 01, 2009

Robert Greenwald on Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald is a producer, director and political activist. Greenwald is the founder and president of Brave New Films. Under Greenwald's direction, Brave New Films has produced a series of short political videos, including the Fox Attacks and Real McCain campaigns. Robert Greenwald's Brave New Foundation is currently producing Rethink Afghanistan, a groundbreaking documentary being released online in real-time; the film features experts from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S. discussing the United States' flawed strategy in Afghanista

October 18, 2009

Media Matters Pledge Drive

Robert McChesney and John Nichols co-host Media Matters from 1PM to 3PM this Sunday. Guests on this pledge drive edition include Ben Scott, Norman Solomon and Noam Chomsky. Call and contribute to WILL-AM 580, show support for public radio in your community and for great programming like Media Matters with Bob McChesney. For more information on how you can pledge, click "Support" on the WILL homepage.

October 04, 2009

Josh Silver, Executive Director Free Press

Josh Silver and Bob McChesney discuss Net Neutrality - Mr. Silver of the Free Press oversees all programs, campaigns, fundraising and special projects. Josh previously served as campaign manager for the successful statewide ballot initiative for public funding of elections in Arizona and as the director of development for the cultural arm of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. He has served as the director of an international youth exchange program and as a development and management consultant. Josh publishes frequently on media, campaign finance and other public policy issues. He attended the University of Grenoble, France, and Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

September 27, 2009

Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal is a novelist, essayist, playwright, and provocateur whose career has spanned six decades, beginning in the years immediately following World War II and continuing into the early years of the twenty-first century. In addition to a major sequence of seven novels about American history, and such satirical novels as MYRA BRECKINRIDGE and DULUTH, he has written dozens of television plays, film scripts, and even three mystery novels written under a pseudonym. He has also written well over a hundred essays, gathered in several volumes published between 1962 and 2001. Taken as a whole, this seemingly varied work has an uncanny unity, exhibiting a tone of easy familiarity with the world of politics and letters, an urbane wit, and a supreme self-confidence on the part of the writer. Listen to Bob and Mr. Vidal discuss President Obama, the media and the state of the Union on Media Matters.

September 20, 2009

Eric Boehlert

Eric Boehlert is the author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush (Free Press, 2006) and Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press (Free Press, 2009). He worked for five years as a senior writer for, where he wrote extensively about media and politics. Prior to that, he worked as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Boehlert has a bachelor's degree in Near Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts and is a Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America.

September 06, 2009

Wendell Potter, Healthcare Reform

Wendell Potter has served since May 2009 as CMD's Senior Fellow on Health Care. After a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, last year he left his job as head of communications for one of the nation's largest health insurers (Cigna) to try his hand at helping socially responsible organizations -- including those advocating for meaningful health care reform -- achieve their goals. He speaks out on both the need for a fundamental overhaul of the American health care system and on the dangers to American democracy and society of the decline of the media as watchdog, which has contributed to the growing and increasingly unchecked influence of corporate PR.

August 30, 2009

Christopher Hedges, author of Empire of Illusion

Pulitzer Prize winner, Christopher Hedges, whose weekly Truthdig column is published every Monday, is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Hedges, who has reported from more than 50 countries, worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times. His book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle is his latest publication.

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