Spring 2008

Past Fellows and Visiting Faculty

Spring 2008 Fellows

Elizabeth BeckerElizabeth Becker, an author and journalist, is the Edelman Family Fellow at the Shorenstein Center. Becker has had a long and distinguished journalism career, from her time as a reporter at the Washington Post (1972–80), senior foreign editor at National Public Radio (1992–95), and as a reporter for The New York Times (1995–2005). She has been a war correspondent in Asia, and specializes in foreign affairs and international economics. She is the author of the book, When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution, recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Becker graduated from the University of Washington in 1969. Paper PDF

Richard DavisRichard Davis
is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University. He is the author or co-author of many books on media and politics including Electing Justice: Fixing the Supreme Court Nomination Process; Politics Online: Blogs, Chatrooms, and Discussion Groups in American Democracy; and The Web of Politics: The Internet’s Impact on the American Political System. In 2003, Davis won the McGannon Communication Policy Award for his book Campaigning Online: The Internet in U.S. Elections. Davis received his Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse University. At the Shorenstein Center, Davis will be researching and writing about the political blogosphere. Paper PDF

Philip J. HiltsPhilip J. Hilts, an author and journalist, is the Goldsmith Fellow at the Shorenstein Center. He is the author of Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business and One Hundred Years of Regulation. The book received the Los Angeles Times Book Award for the best science and technology book published in 2006. His book Smokescreen: The Truth Behind the Tobacco Industry Cover Up was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by Business Week. Hilts had had a long career in journalism, beginning as a reporter and photographer for the Virginia Sentinel in 1969 and, more recently, as a health and science writer for The New York Times (1989–2002) and national staff writer for the Washington Post (1980–1989). While at the Shorenstein Center, Hilts will be writing about press coverage of global health issues. Paper PDF

J.H. SniderJ.H. Snider is a scholar who has written extensively about new technology and democracy. He is the president of iSolon.org and an affiliated researcher at Columbia University’s Institute for Tele-Information. He was research director for the New America Foundation, a Washington, DC-based think tank. His books include Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: How Local TV Broadcasters Exert Political Power and Future Shop. Snider has a Ph.D. in American Government from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Social Studies from Harvard College. His work at the Shorenstein Center will focus on the role of information policy in enhancing democracy. Paper PDF

Spring 2008 Visiting Faculty

Tom FiedlerTom Fiedler will be the Visiting Murrow Lecturer of the Practice of Press and Politics. In 2007, he retired after a 35-year career at the Miami Herald. During those years, Fiedler worked as an investigative reporter, political columnist, editorial-page editor and, ultimately, as the Herald‘s executive editor. In 1988, Tom Fiedler’s coverage of Gary Hart’s presidential campaign received the Society of Professional Journalists’ top award. In 1991, Fiedler was part of a team of Miami Herald reporters who received the Pulitzer Prize for their series on an extremist cult. He was a Goldsmith Fellow at the Shorenstein Center in Fall 2007. Fiedler will be teaching “Press, Politics and Public Policy” during the spring semester.