Gutgsell Endowed Professor:
Robert W. McChesney
Robert W. McChesney studies the history and political economy of media. He is the co-founder of Free Press, the national media reform organization. McChesney hosted the “Media Matters” weekly radio program on WILL-AM from 2002-2010. McChesney has written or edited twenty-three books. McChesney’s most recent books are Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Away from Democracy (New Press, 2013) and, with John Nichols, Dollarocracy (Nation Books, 2013). His other books include: the multiple award-winning The Death and Life of American Journalism (Nation Books, 2010, written with John Nichols); The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the 21st Century (2004); the award-winning Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting, 1928-1935 (1993); and the multiple award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times (1999). McChesney has also written some 200 journal articles and book chapters and another 300 newspaper pieces, magazine articles and book reviews. His work and interviews have been professionally translated into thirty languages. McChesney co-edits the History of Communication Series for the University of Illinois Press. While teaching at Wisconsin, he was selected as one of the top 100 classroom teachers on the Madison campus. From 2000 to 2004 he co-edited Monthly Review, the independent socialist magazine founded by Paul Sweezy and Leo Huberman in 1949. Prior to entering graduate school, McChesney in 1979 was the founding publisher of The Rocket, a Seattle-based rock magazine. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in McChesney's hometown of Cleveland, the founding of The Rocket is credited as the birth of the Seattle rock scene of the late 1980s and 1990s. In his spare time, McChesney writes on professional basketball.