Robert W. McChesney (US)


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. He 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). He is presently at work on his ninth and tenth books: with John Bellamy Foster, The Big Picture: Understanding Media and Society Through Political Economy; and with Ben Scott, 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 co-edits the History of Communication Series for the University of Illinois Press, serves on the editorial boards of several journals. 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.



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