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                    Guest For  Thursday AUGUST 19,  2004 

                                             (Originally Aired 10-17-97)

                                    ROBERT McCHESNEY


  Professor of Communications / University of Illinois 

                    Writer / Commentator on the Media

        Author: "Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy"





Robert W. McChesney is Research Professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2002 he co-founded, with Dan Schiller, the Illinois Initiative on Global Information and Communication Policy. McChesney also hosts the Media Matters weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on WILL-AM radio. From 1988 to 1998 he was on the Journalism and Mass Communication faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. McChesney earned his Ph.D. in communications at the University of Washington in 1989. His work concentrates on the history and political economy of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. 
McChesney has written or edited eight books, including the award-winning Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting, 1928-1935 (Oxford University Press, 1993), Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy (Seven Stories Press, 1997), and, with Edward S. Herman, The Global Media: The New Missionaries of Corporate Capitalism (Cassell, 1997).   McChesney's most recent  books are multiple award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times ( New Press, 2000)  and, with John Nichols, Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media (Seven Stories Press, 2002). McChesney is presently at work on his ninth and tenth books: with John Bellamy Foster, The Big Picture: Understanding Media and Society Through Political Economy, to be published in 2003 by Monthly Review Press; with Ben Scott, he is editing a book to be published by the New Press in 2003 titled: Freedom of the Press is for Those Who Own One: Radical Democratic Criticism of U.S. Journalism from the Progressive Era to the Present.
McChesney has also written some 120 journal articles and book chapters and another 140 newspaper pieces, magazine articles and book reviews. His work has been translated into ten languages. Since launching his academic career in the late 1980s, McChesney has made some 420 conference presentations and visiting guest lectures as well as more than 550 radio and television appearances. He has been the subject of more than 60 published profiles and interviews. In 2001 Adbusters named him one of the "Nine Pioneers of Mental Environmentalism." 
McChesney co-edits the History of Communication Series for the University of Illinois Press, serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and is a research advisor to numerous academic and civic organizations. While teaching at Wisconsin, he was selected as one of the top 100 classroom teachers on the Madison campus. In addition to his academic work, McChesney serves on the Board of Directors for several nonprofit and noncommercial media organizations. In 2001 he was appointed co-editor (along with John Bellamy Foster) of Monthly Review, the independent socialist magazine founded by Paul Sweezy and Leo Huberman in 1949. Prior to entering graduate school in 1983, McChesney was a sports stringer for UPI, published a weekly newspaper, and in 1979 was the founding publisher of The Rocket, a Seattle-based rock magazine. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in McChesney's hometown of Cleveland, the founding of The Rocket is credited as the birth of the Seattle rock scene of the late 1980s and 1990s.



WELCOME to the website of Robert W. McChesney. McChesney is the author of eight books on media and politics, professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and host of the weekly talk show, Media Matters, on WILL-AM radio. McChesney also writes widely for both academic and non-academic publications. He gives talks frequently on issues related to media and politics in the United States and world today. If you look around this home page you will find links to many of McChesney's activities, plus contact information. This website is updated on a regular basis

Current students looking for course syllabi can find them as PDF files below:
Comm 264 - Economic Structure of Communication
Comm 468 - The Politicial Economy of Communication

IN MEMORIAM of Paul Wellstone, please take a moment to...
READ his introduction to It's the Media, Stupid, entitled Media & Democracy.
LISTEN to his comments on democacy and the media (mp3 format).

Our Media Not Theirs cover Our Media,
Not Theirs

Robert McChesney
& John Nichols
Seven Stories Press

  RM PD cover Rich Media,
Poor Democracy

Robert McChesney
New Press
reviews awards

Now available online
: A list of books featuring chapters or sections written by Bob McChesney, complete with purchasing links.

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Monthly Review

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Interviews and Profiles
radio and tv appearances

It's the Media, Stupid
John H. Nichols & Robert McChesney
Seven Stories Press, 2000
The Global Media
Edward Herman & Robert McChesney
Cassell, 1997
Corporate Media & the Threat to Democracy
Robert McChesney
Seven Stories Press, 1997
Telecommunications, Mass Media and Democracy
Robert McChesney
Oxford Univ. Press, 1993.
reviews awards
Capitalism and the Information Age
Robert McChesney, Ellen Meiksins Wood & John Bellamy Foster, Eds.
Monthly Review Press, 1998.
Ruthless Criticism
William Solomon & Robert McChesney, Eds.
University of Minnesota Press, 1993.

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