Maxine Issacs

​The Future Could Be Now

May 28, 2015 — Maxine Isaacs, adjunct lecturer in government and an associate at the Shorenstein Center, writes about a new documentary about the late Richard Holbrooke as a call for working in public service. Read more in The Harvard Crimson. 

Peter Hamby

Former Shorenstein Fellows Featured in NBC News’ Meet the Press Article

May 26, 2015 — Former fellows Peter Hamby (Spring 2013) and Jay Rosen (Spring 1994) were featured in an article about Hillary Clinton’s relationship with the news media, “Why Clinton Can Campaign In Listen-Only Mode.” Read more at NBC News…

Hendrik Hertzberg

Hendrik Hertzberg ’65: From Crimson Managing Editor to New Yorker Journalist

May 25, 2015 — The Harvard Crimson interviewed Hendrik Hertzberg, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (1987-1988) and senior editor and staff writer for The New Yorker. Hertzberg discussed his experience at Harvard, including working for The Crimson, and his career. Read more…

Susan Crawford

Building a smarter future for cities

May 20, 2015 — Susan Crawford, former Shorenstein Center visiting professor and current Harvard Law School professor, discussed how data can improve life in cities and increase government transparency at the Knight Foundation’s Media Learning Seminar 2015. Read a summary of…


May 20, 2015 — Nick Sinai, Walter Shorenstein Media & Democracy Fellow, discussed the effort the Obama administration has put into modernizing the federal government’s digital services, both by opening up data to public and private groups, as well as to individual…

For Kennedy School Journals, Policy Beyond the Classroom

May 19, 2015 — Richard Parker, Lecturer in Public Policy and adviser for the Kennedy School’s student-run policy journals, was interviewed by Harvard Magazine about the role of the journals in connecting students with politicians, journalists, and community leaders. Read more in Harvard…

Announcing our New Media and Politics Podcast

May 18, 2015 — The Shorenstein Center is pleased to launch its Media and Politics Podcast, a program highlighting key voices and ideas in the intersection of media, politics and public policy. Download episodes and subscribe on iTunes, or listen on…

NPR Initiates Phase Two of Plan to Become the Pandora of News

May 11, 2015 — David Weinberger, Joan Shorenstein Fellow, writes about the potential uses of NPR’s API (application program interface) and why it’s of interest to not only developers, but also listeners. Read more on Slate. 

Ecomodernists Spark Rhetorical Heat

May 11, 2015 — Matthew C. Nisbet, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2012), writes about the clash between environmentalists who call for the slowing of modernization to prevent climate change, and those who see it as an essential solution, in an op-ed for The…

Six Words: “My Name is Jamaal … I’m White.”

May 6, 2015 — The latest installment of NPR’s “The Race Card Project” explores the impact of names. From Michele Norris, current Joan Shorenstein Fellow. Read more. 

News Archive

Shorenstein Center Director Alex S. Jones writes in Time magazine about the senior executive culture at The New York Times: At the New York Times, It’s All in the Family
An excerpt from Jones’s book The Trust, co-authored with Susan E. Tifft, was published in Politico: What Sulzberger Wants: A portrait of the embattled New York Times publisher’s early days
Fall 2013 Fellow Michael Copps, former FCC commissioner, says that the FCC’s proposal on net neutrality “takes a gigantic step backwards”: Fast Lanes for the 1 Percent, Slow Lanes for the Rest
MIT professor and former Shorenstein Fellow Seth Mnookin co-authors AAAS report calling for dedicated research on vaccination decisions: 3 Questions: Seth Mnookin on research to encourage vaccination
Former Fellow Neal Gabler in Reuters: Donald Sterling: Pariah
Susan Crawford, former Visiting Stanton Professor, in The New York Times: The Wire Next Time
Spring 2014 Fellow Robert Lenzner writes in Forbes about French economist Thomas Piketty’s visit to the Kennedy School: Piketty’s Prediction that the Wealthiest Are Getting Wealthier Three Times Faster Hits No. One on Amazon
The Boston Globe reviews the new book by Ron Suskind, former A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence: ‘Life, Animated’ by Ron Suskind
Joshua Partlow, former Fellow, in The Washington Post: Impatient Afghan candidates are counting their own votes
Former Visiting Assistant Professor Zephyr Teachout in The Washington Post: The Supreme Court leaves a void in campaign finance law
Remembering Jonathan Schell, 1943–2014: The former Fellow was an outstanding journalist, and a dear friend of the Shorenstein Center. Here are tributes from his friends and colleagues:

Jill Dougherty, Spring 2014 Fellow, writes in Politico about Putin’s background and motivation: Putin on the Couch: A Shrewd Strategist
Jonathan Moore, Shorenstein Center Associate, on WBUR’s Cognoscenti: In A Polarized Age, What Does ‘We The People’ Really Mean?
HKS Lecturer Jeffrey Seglin received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Bethany College, and spoke at its celebration of 174 years as a small college of national distinction: Harvard Lecturer and Ethicist Jeffrey Seglin Addresses Bethany College Community at Founder’s Day
Former Fellow Ted Gup in The Guardian: The CIA likes to write its own rules, but spying on Congress crosses a new line
Jill Dougherty, Spring 2014 Fellow, in CNN: Vladimir Putin’s media strategy in the spotlight
Ron Suskind, Former A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence, in The New York Times: Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney
Former Fellow Melinda Henneberger in The Washington Post: Sen. McCaskill’s military sexual-assault bill is meatier than advertised
Former Fellow Elizabeth Becker in the LA Times: For Cambodia, an Oscar nod means much more than box-office gold
Clay Shirky, former Visiting Murrow Lecturer, in Politico Magazine: TV Is Dead. Now What?
In Reuters, former Fellow David Rohde: Ukraine draws Obama into Putin’s long game
Matthew Nisbet, 2012 Joan Shorenstein Fellow, published a co-authored study at PLOS ONE and writes about the study at The Conversation UK: Opinions about scientific advances blur party/political lines.
Ellen Mickiewicz, former Visiting Lombard Professor, writes in Foreign Affairs about the Russian television coverage of the Olympics: If It Bleeds, It Leads: How Ukraine Is Upending Putin’s Olympics Media Strategy
Former Fellow Nina Easton writes in Foreign Affairs about how Saudi women are taking their place in the workplace: Saudi Women Find a Way
Spring 2014 Fellow Robert Lenzner in Forbes: MIT’s Robert Solow Dukes It Out With Harvard’s Greg Mankiw Over The One Percent
Tara McKelvey in BBC News: Sochi security clampdown could store up trouble
In The Washington Post, former Fellow Melinda Henneberger: Can data breaches be prevented? Congress and companies answer: For now, no.
Former Fellow Seth Mnookin in Slate: Why Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Is So Scary
A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence Diane McWhorter moderated a panel with Lucia Allais, Robert M. Edsel and Matt Damon (via Skype) to discuss the new movie The Monuments Men.: New screen role for Matt Damon at Harvard
Former Fellow Trudy Lieberman compares the health care systems in Canada and the U.S.: Canadian Health Care: Separating Opinion From Fact
John Wihbey, Managing Editor for Journalist’s Resource at the Shorenstein Center, reflects on one year after the death of Aaron Swartz: Aaron Swartz and the cause of openness