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Dan Kennedy

Real Fiction Radio Broadcast: June 23, 2021 Noon ET WERA (96.7 FM) Streaming-

Veteran media critic and journalism professor Dan Kennedy weighs in on Mainstream Media's coverage of the Wuhan Lab Leak Theory and the state of journalism in the U.S. Read his widely read piece on this topic here:


Dan Kennedy is a professor at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, specializing in opinion journalism and alternative business models for news. He writes a weekly column on media and politics for and has contributed articles to a number of other publications, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Nieman Lab. From 2007-2011, he wrote a weekly online column for The Guardian.

In 2019 he received the Yankee Quill Award from the Academy of New England Journalists for a “lifetime of achievement and distinction in New England journalism.” In 2018 he received the James W. Carey Award for Outstanding Journalism from the Media Ecology Association.

His book on a new breed of wealthy newspaper owners, “The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century,” was published by ForeEdge (a division of University Press of New England) in March 2018. “The Return of the Moguls” has been critically praised by the academic publication Journalism, the trade magazine Editor & Publisher, The Boston Globe and other publications.

Kennedy's book on the New Haven Independent and other community news sites, “The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age,” was published by University of Massachusetts Press in June 2013. “The Wired City” has been critically praised by the Columbia Journalism Review, The Boston Globe, CommonWealth Magazine and other publications and websites.

Kennedy is a regular panelist “Beat the Press,” a weekly roundtable program on media issues, on WGBH-TV (Channel 2). In 2018 “Beat the Press” won the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism after previously winning it in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2012. In 2014 “Beat the Press” won the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism from Penn State.

His blog, Media Nation, is a nationally recognized source of news and commentary. Twitter: @dankennedy_nu.


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