Robert McChesney

Robert McChesneyEducation

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1976


Robert W. McChesney


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Biographical Note

Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2002 he was the co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization – – and served as its President until April 2008, and remains on its Board of Directors. Until October 7, 2012, McChesney also hosted the “Media Matters” weekly radio program on NPR-affiliate station WILL-AM radio.

McChesney has written or edited seventeen books. McChesney has also written some 150 journal articles and book chapters and another 200 newspaper pieces, magazine articles and book reviews. His work has been translated into 26 languages.

McChesney has been the subject of more than 130 published profiles and interviews. In 2008 the Utne Reader listed McChesney among their “50 visionaries who are changing the world.” In 2001 Adbusters Magazine named him one of the “Nine Pioneers of Mental Environmentalism.” In 2006 right-winger David Horowitz included McChesney on his list of the “101 most dangerous professors in America.”

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Latest Publication

Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America with John Nichols. New York: Nation Books, 2013.

Additional Publications

The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again,  New York: Nation Books, 2011.

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

It educated me tremendously.