Eisner received a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism and graduated from Wesleyan University cum laude in 1977, where she was the first female editor of the college newspaper and was a member of the board of trustees. She recently was the first woman to win Wesleyan's McConaughy Award for contributions to journalism and public life.
Before joining the Forward, Eisner held executive editorial and news positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, including stints as editorial page editor, syndicated columnist, City Hall bureau chief and foreign correspondent. In 2006, she joined the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where she served as vice president for national programs and initiatives, with responsibility for all adult programming, the Liberty Medal, and the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution.
She also has deep roots in academe, serving as the first Koeppel Fellow in Journalism at Wesleyan University in 2010, where she taught journalism and non-fiction writing. From 2002 through 2006, Eisner was a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, as well as an adjunct professor in the school's political science department. In 2006, she was one of three women chosen to be the first fellows of the new Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College, where she led conferences and workshops and was the college's 2007 commencement speaker.
Her book, "Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in our Democracy," was published by Beacon Press in 2004.
In addition to her Inquirer column "American Rhythms," which was syndicated to 100 newspapers, Eisner has also written for the Washington Post, Newsday, Brookings Review, Columbia Journalism Review, Ma'ayan and the Reconstructionist, and served as a regular panelist on the WPVI television talk show "Inside Story."
An active member of her local community, Eisner is a board member of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a past president of the Pennsylvania Women's Forum, a former trustee and secretary of The Philadelphia Award, and a mentor with Philadelphia Futures. Nationally, she is a member of the Columbia School of Journalism Alumni Board, the National Conference on Citizenship's advisory committee, and the Encore Leadership Network.
Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in our Democracy, Beacon Press, 2004.
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