About the Shorenstein Center

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard Kennedy School research center dedicated to exploring and illuminating the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice. The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars, and between them and the public.

The Center advances its mission of protecting the information ecosystem and supporting healthy democracy by addressing the twin crises of trust and truth that face communities around the world. It pursues this work through academic research, teaching, a program of visiting fellows, conferences, and other initiatives.

To learn more about the Shorenstein Center, visit the pages dedicated to our research projects, history, director and staff, and the fellows, faculty, courses and events that enliven the academic year.

Center Leadership

Nancy Gibbs, Visiting Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice at the Kennedy School, is the Shorenstein Center’s faculty Director. She leads the strategic and academic focus for the Center.

Setti Warren, former Mayor of Newton, MA, is the Center’s Executive Director. In this role he leads all administrative and operations functions for the Center, and manages the Center’s core staff and programs.

Research Projects

The Center’s research work is generated by our six main research projects. You can learn more about them and their work here.

Annual Report

Click here to read the Center’s 2019 Annual Report.


The Shorenstein Center was founded in 1986, but its roots can be traced back to the early days of the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Kennedy School has been singular in declaring its mission to be teaching and research plus engagement with the real world, something that sets it apart. Early on, leaders at the School recognized that engagement with the press should be part of the School’s focus.

Click here to read a full history of the Center’s creation and early years.