Danny Schechter

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Danny Schechter during a radio-interview, June 2007, Ilmenau, Germany.

Danny Schechter (born June 27, 1942)[1] is a television producer, independent filmmaker, blogger, and media critic who writes and lectures frequently about the media in the United States and worldwide. He specializes in investigative journalism and producing programming about the interfaces among human rights, journalism, popular music and society. In all, Schechter has reported from 49 countries. He was the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2001 Award for Excellence in Documentary Journalism.[2]


Schechter graduated in 1964 from Cornell University, where he wrote for the Cornell Daily Sun and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He later received a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and an honorary doctorate from Fitchburg State University. He was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where he taught in 1969, and an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Schechter was a civil rights worker and the communications director of the Northern Student Movement, and served as a "community organizer" in a War on Poverty program. Schechter also worked as an assistant to the Mayor of Detroit in 1966.

His media career began at Boston radio station WBCN where he was styled the "News Dissector." Later, Schechter was a producer for the ABC newsmagazine 20/20, responsible for 50 segments of the program; he won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for two others for this work. Schechter joined the start-up staff at CNN as a producer.

After that he branched out on his own. He helped found and served as the executive producer of Globalvision, a New York City-based television and film production company. Schechter created and executive-produced the series South Africa Now and co-produced Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television. From 1999–2010, Schechter was also the executive editor and "blogger-in-chief" at the now-defunct MediaChannel.org, for which he wrote a nearly-3000-word daily blog on media and society.[3]


Film and television[edit]

Schechter has produced and directed many television specials and documentary films, including:


Schechter's books include:


  1. ^ "Library of Congress Authorities". LCNAF Cataloging in Publication data - LC Control Number: n 97000468. LOC. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ “SPJ Names Winners of the 2000 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism,” April 23, 2001, http://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=132.
  3. ^ "Plunder bio". Retrieved November 1, 2012. 

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