Barbie Zelizer

Director, Center for Media at Risk


Barbie Zelizer is the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. A former journalist, Zelizer is an expert on journalism, culture, memory and images in times of crisis. Author of fourteen books—including the award-winning About To Die: How News Images Move the Public (Oxford 2010)—and over 150 articles and essays, she is a Peabody Media Fellow and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Freedom Forum Center, Harvard University, Fulbright Senior Scholars, Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Zelizer is also a media critic, whose work has appeared in The Nation, PBS News Hour, Liberation, CNN, Huffington Post, Newsday and other media organs. Coeditor of Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, she is a former member of the board of jurors of the George Foster Peabody Awards and a past president of the International Communication Association. Zelizer was Director of the Scholars Program for Culture and Communication for 14 years before its transition into the Center for Media at Risk. She is working on a project titled How the Cold War Drives the News, for which she has received an ACLS Fellowship for 2018-2019.


Phone: 215-898-4964
Twitter: @bzelizer

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