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Jennifer L. Pozner
Jennifer L. Pozner founded Women In Media & News in 2001 to increase women's presence and power in the public debate through media analysis, education, advocacy and reform.
A widely published journalist and media critic, Pozner formerly directed the Women's Desk at the national media watch group FAIR, where she was a staff writer for Extra! magazine and the organizer of the national Feminist Coalition on Public Broadcasting. She also served as Media Watch columnist and contributing media editor for Sojourner: The Women's Forum, the dearly-departed national women’s newspaper.
Pozner's freelance work on women, media, politics and pop culture has been published in Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic, Hartford Courant, Ms., Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Women’s Review of Books, Salon.com, AlterNet.org, TomPaine.com, WomensEnews.org and CommonDreams.org, among others.
Her essays have appeared in anthologies such as What Do We Do Now (a post-2004 election manifesto); The W Effect: Bush’s War on Women; Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century; Uncovering the Right on Campus; and Points and CounterPoints: Controversial Family and Relationship Issues in the 21st Century.
Pozner has appeared as a commentator on ABC News Now's "Top Priority," Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Fox News Network's "The O'Reilly Factor," Fox 5's "Good Day NY," Oxygen TV's "Pure Oxygen," Free Speech TV, Pacifica Radio's "Democracy Now!" and "Wake Up Call," WNYC's "On The Media," CJAD's "News Radio Montreal," FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin, and other commercial and independent radio stations. She is also featured in several independent documentary projects including such films as I Was a Teenage Feminist.
A noted public speaker, Pozner has conducted multi-media presentations and participated in panels and debates at dozens of colleges and conferences across the country. Additionally, she has worked closely with the women's human rights groups MADRE and Women for Afghan Women, and with a variety of other women-led social justice groups, including the Center for New Words’ WAM (Women, Action & Media) conference, Women Leaders Online and New Yorkers Say No To War.
And because laughter is both a powerful weapon and an activist’s best medicine, Pozner served for several years as volunteer coordinator of the New York City chapters of the "Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)" and the "Billionaires for More Media Mergers," political satire groups using humor to call attention to the corruptive influence of money in politics and media. She is a graduate of Hampshire College.
Veronica I. Arreola
Veronica I. Arreola is a member of the Northwest Suburban (Chicago) chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and has served as vice-president and acting-treasurer of the Chicago chapter of NOW. She also served one year on the national NOW board, representing the Great Lakes region. The first member of her family to attend college, she is a double graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago (BS in liberal arts & sciences, MPA in public administration, both with concentrations in women’s studies), and is currently the program coordinator for the UIC Women In Science & Engineering Program. An active member of the UIC campus, Arreola has served on the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women, the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Latino's Latina Network Committee, and is a vocal supporter of PRIDE. Prior to her tenure at UIC, Arreola spent three years at the Field Museum of Natural History on a National Science Foundation funded internship in zoology. She has represented NOW on local radio (WSCR and WLUW), local television (FOX News in the Morning) and in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
Sara Beinert is an experienced professional fundraiser for social justice causes. She is currently manager of individual gifts at the Brennan Center for Justice, a public interest law firm that promotes equality, human dignity, and the legacy of Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Beinert spent more than five years producing fundraising events for the Ms. Foundation for Women. Beinert graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a BA in psychology and sociology, and a minor in women’s studies.
Shonna Carter is a publicist at Riptide Communications, a New York-based firm offering services to groups and individuals seeking progressive social change. She graduated from New York University's Gallatin's School of Individualized Study, where she majored in journalism, arts and politics. Prior to Riptide, Carter worked for the Village Voice, as well as the Global Information Network (GIN), writing articles about news in developing services for Inter Press Service. Carter has also served as host of WNYU's weekly hip-hop and soul radio show, "The Gumbo Show."
Aliza Dichter is the co-director of the Center for International Media Action, a nonprofit organization that serves as a networking, research and strategy center for groups working to transform the media system in the service of social justice and human rights. Previously she helped found the nonprofit MediaChannel.org, serving as senior editor and education coordinator for a global information network of more than 1,000 media-issues groups. Dichter helped create the Action Coalition for Media Education, a media-literacy membership organization, and has organized with the media-policy activist group Angels of the Public Interest. An original member of the international CRIS Campaign (Communication Rights in the Information Society), Dichter was a delegate to the III World Social Forum in January 2003 in Brazil; in Geneva in December 2003, she participated in the World Forum on Communication Rights at the UN World Summit on the Information Society as well as the We Seize! counter-summit. Dichter recently served as the 2005 "Visionary In Residence" at Dartmouth College's Center for Women and Gender. Her articles on public-interest media policy and activism have been published by AlterNet.org, Media File, The Indypendent and the international quarterly journal Media Development. She lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York.
Lisa Jervis is the co-founder and publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, a national nonprofit quarterly magazine offering feminist commentary on our intensely mediated world. She is also editor at large of LiP: Informed Revolt. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and books, including Ms., the San Francisco Chronicle, Utne, Mother Jones, the Women's Review of Books, Bust, Hues, Salon.com, Girlfriends, Punk Planet, Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image (Seal Press), and The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order (Penguin). Lisa is the co-editor Young Wives' Tales: New Adventures in Love and Partnership (Seal Press), and is currently at work on a Bitch anthology (forthcoming from Farrar Straus & Giroux) and a book about the intellectual legacy of gender essentialism and its effect on contemporary feminism. She speaks widely on feminism, media criticism and the independent press.
Sunita B. Mehta
Sunita B. Mehta is the co-founder of Women for Afghan Women and edited Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future (Palgrave/St. Martins Press). Currently the executive director of the foundation Funders Concerned About AIDS, she is the former associate director of the Soros Reproductive Health and Rights Fellowship at Columbia University. Until August 2004, Mehta was director of grants and programs at The Sister Fund. Mehta is a former board member of SAKHI for South Asian Women and the Center for Anti-Violence Education. She also served on the founding board of the Third Wave Foundation. She has a BA in mathematics from Douglass College, Rutgers University and a MA in sociology from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India.
John Nichols covers electoral politics and media issues for The Nation, America's oldest and largest weekly journal of opinion. He is the author of a number of books on politics and media, including (with Robert McChesney) the best-selling Our Media, Not Theirs; Against the Beast: An Anti-Imperialist Reader; Dick: The Man Who Is President; and Jews For Buchanan: Did you Hear the One About the Theft of the American Presidency? Nichols has covered politics in the United States and abroad for more than two decades, interviewing every president since Ronald Reagan. Formerly a writer and editor for The Toledo Blade and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspapers, he is now editorial page editor for The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. A contributing writer for The Progressive, In These Times and numerous other magazines, his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers. Nichols is a frequent guest on television and radio programs including PBS's "The Lehrer Report" and "NOW with Bill Moyers." He is a cofounder and board member of the media reform organization Free Press.
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