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Jeff Cohen

journalist, lecturer and media critic

—is the founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media and endowed chair/associate professor of journalism at Ithaca College.

In 1986, he founded FAIR, the national media watch group. He oversaw FAIR’s academic studies of representation on TV and radio—and helped launch its magazine, Extra!, and its nationally-syndicated radio show, “CounterSpin.”

Cohen is a longtime campus lecturer and columnist. In the 1990s, he co-wrote (with Norman Solomon) the nationally-syndicated Media Beat column, whose subscribers included the Arizona Republic, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Seattle Times. His columns have run online in CommonDreams, HuffingtonPost, Alternet, TomPaine and elsewhere—and in major newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Atlanta Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, Newsday, Oregonian and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 1999–2000, he was a monthly columnist for Brill’s Content. He’s written investigative articles and features for Rolling Stone, New Times, The Nation, Mother Jones and other publications.

He has appeared regularly on national TV and radio. He was a daily commentator on MSNBC in 2002, a weekly panelist on the Fox News Channel's “News Watch” from 1997–2002, and a co-host of CNN's “Crossfire” in 1996. He was senior producer of MSNBC's Phil Donahue show until it was terminated on the eve of the Iraq war.

Cohen is the author or co-author of five books—

He has lectured at hundreds of campuses from community colleges to Ivy League schools to historically black colleges to most University of California branches. In 1999, he was the Marsh Visiting Lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan.

In the early 1980s, Cohen earned a law degree from the Peoples College of Law in Los Angeles, and worked as an ACLU lawyer. He was a board member of several civil rights groups, including the ACLU of Southern California and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/L.A.

In 2003, he was Communications Director of the Kucinich for President campaign.

Cohen is the proud father of two smart, beautiful daughters.

Cable News Confidential
My Misadventures in Corporate Media
PoliPointPress

Wizards of Media Oz
Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News
w/Norman Solomon
Common Courage Press

The Way Things Aren't
Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error
w/Steve Rendall et al, New Press

Through the Media Looking Glass
Decoding Bias and Blather in the News
w/Norman Solomon
Common Courage Press

Adventures in Medialand
Behind the News, Beyond the Pundits
w/Norman Solomon
Common Courage Press

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