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Everette Dennis


Everette E. Dennis is known as an institutional and intellectual leader in higher education, media industries and the non-profit and philanthropic world. An author, educator and director of policy research centers and educational programs, his interests span media and entertainment industries, news media, media law and regulation and global media issues.

Currently, the Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business, he serves as chair of the Communication and Media Management department and as director of the Center for Communications. Earlier, he worked with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Dr. Henry Kissinger as founding president of the American Academy in Berlin. There he recruited leading scholars, cultural figures and artists as fellows, including the playwright Arthur Miller.

Through much of the 1980s and 1990s, he led the Media Studies Center at Columbia University, one of the world’s first institutes for advanced study of media and technological change, and recruited media leaders and scholars as senior fellows while also attracting young and mid career experts who produced some 150 books on his watch which included developing a new model for national conferences, an innovative technology lab/ studies program and publications, including the Media Studies Journal which he edited for a decade. There he founded a much-praised Leadership Institute for journalism and media education that trained deans.

He served as national president of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication while dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon where he led a national curriculum reform effort that won considerable attention—and emulation. Previously he was a full professor at the University of Minnesota and a visiting professor at Northwestern University.

He was the first in his field to win the coveted Liberal Arts Fellowship in Law at Harvard Law School where he subsequently held advanced fellowships at the Kennedy School of Government and a special Nieman research fellowship. He was educated at the University of Oregon (BS); Syracuse University (MA) and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.) Educational honors include fellowships at Stanford, the East-West Center as well as first award for distinguished contributions to the Study of Global Media and the Eleanor Blum Award for Service to Media Research. Currently, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Childhood Education and Children’s Media, he is a senior consultant to the Donald W. Reynolds Institute of Journalism. He is a director of the International Longevity Center, and was formerly president of The Broadband Forum; and a trustee of the International Institute of Communications in London, a trustee of the International Museum of Photography at Eastman House and a counselor (director) of the American Antiquarian Society.

He has written or edited some 45 books, many monographs and articles, among them a 2006 study of business schools’ search for distinction (Finding the Best Business School), when he also co-authored the 4th edition of his Media Debates, Great Issues for the Digital Age. His recent publications include studies of the digital strategies of the top U.S. media companies and implications of media convergence, topic he has written about for more than two decades. Others studies include Beyond the Cold War, Justice Black and the First Amendment, The Media Society and others. His text, Understanding Mass Communication with Melvin L. DeFleur went into seven editions and was widely used in the field. His international interests are well documented in three monographs on the media of East Asia, Latin America and East Central Europe.

Dennis has appeared on hundreds of television, cable, and radio programs as well as in most major news media outlets. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Century Association and Harvard Club of New York City. He lives with his wife, Emily T. Smith, an author and consultant, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

He has been listed in every edition of Who’s Who in America since 1985.

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