S. Robert Lichter

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S. Robert Lichter is co-director of the Center of Media and Public Affairs, a non-profit research organization based in Washington D.C. that analyzes how news and entertainment media treat social and political issues.

Dr. Lichter, who earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, has written widely on the role of news and entertainment media in American society. His latest book, co-authored with Stanley Rothman and Linda Lichter, is entitled Watching America: What TV Tells Us About Our Lives. He also is the co-author of The Video Campaign, The Media Elite and a textbook, American Politics in the Media Age.

His articles have appeared in many scientific journals, as well as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Christian Science Monitor. With his wife, Linda, he edits Media Monitor, a monthly newsletter that analyzes major media coverage of current issues. He also has served as an expert witness on media coverage in libel proceedings.

Dr. Lichter has held the DeWitt Wallace Chair in Mass Communications at the American Enterprise Institute and has been a research professor of political science at George Washington University, a senior fellow at Columbia University’s Research Institute on International Change, a post-doctoral fellow in politics and psychology at Yale University and a visiting professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.