Columbia Journalism School


FCC's Steven Waldman joins Journalism School as visiting scholar

October 03, 2011

As a part of a Knight Foundation-funded effort, Steven Waldman, author of the Federal Communications Commission report "Information Needs of Communities," will join Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism as a visiting senior media policy scholar. He will study emerging media issues and explore implementation strategies for the report’s recommendations.

Waldman's appointment is part of a Knight Foundation announcement today of new projects to highlight ways public policy improvements can in turn improve local news and information flows. The new projects were announced at Arizona State University, where the FCC is hearing testimony on its report.


Waldman was co-founder and editor-in-chief of Beliefnet. Prior to that he was national editor of US News & World Report and national correspondent for Newsweek. He is the author of New York Times bestseller "Founding Faith: Politics, Providence and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America" and "The Bill." He has been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News and NPR, and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate and other publications.

In 2009, he became Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the FCC, assigned to craft recommendations to serve the public interest and make sure all Americans receive the information, educational content, and news they seek.

He is a 1984 graduate of Columbia, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Daily Spectator.

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