Brooke Gladstone

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Brooke Gladstone
Brooke Gladstone.jpg
Gladstone in 2014
Born1955 (age 66–67)
EducationUniversity of Vermont (Bachelors)
Stanford University
OccupationJournalist, author, media analyst
Notable credit(s)On the Media
All Things Considered
Weekend Edition
SpouseFred Kaplan (m. 1983)

Brooke Gladstone (born 1955) is an American journalist, author and media analyst. She is the host and managing editor of the WNYC radio program On the Media.


Gladstone has covered media for much of her career. In the early 1980s, she covered public broadcasting for the industry newspaper Current and reported for Cablevision and The Washington Weekly in Washington, D.C.

In 1987, Gladstone[1] joined National Public Radio, first as editor of Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, and later became senior editor of All Things Considered. In 1991, she received a Knight Fellowship to study Russian language and history. A year later, she was reporting from Moscow for NPR, covering stories such as the bloody 1993 power struggle. In 1995, Gladstone returned to the United States and was hired as NPR's first "media reporter," based in New York City.

In October 2000, Gladstone joined WNYC—New York Public Radio—to help relaunch On the Media, a locally produced and nationally distributed radio show. By 2010, it had quadrupled its audience and earned several major journalism awards.

Gladstone wrote The Influencing Machine, a nonfiction graphic novel illustrated by Josh Neufeld and others in 2011.[2] Gladstone describes the book as "a treatise on the relationship between us and the news media,"[3] further described by Leon Neyfakh as "a manifesto on the role of the press in American history as told through a cartoon version of herself."[3] The influencing Machine was listed 7th among the 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction by The Atlantic,[4] and listed among the top books of 2011 by The New Yorker, Library Journal Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. Academic journals called her book, an illustration of the history of media's influence on culture.[5]

In 2015 Gladstone was part of the cast of the historical documentary, Best of Enemies directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville.[6]

In 2017, Gladstone wrote The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time, a nonfiction book in which she talks about how people's filtered reality in a constantly changing media landscape threatens democracy,[7] published by Workman Publishing Company.[8]

In 2019, Gladstone joined NPR Detroit to host a one month long series on the house evictions crisis on Detroit today with Stephen Henderson.[9] In 2022, she was a Critic in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.[10]

Gladstone gives lectures as a guest lecturer at universities like Princeton[11] and The University of Texas at Austin.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Gladstone is married to Fred Kaplan, a journalist and author. Together they have twin daughters. Gladstone is Jewish and lives in Brooklyn, New York.[13]

Honors and awards[edit]


  • Brooke Gladstone; Josh Neufeld (2011). The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393077797. Brooke Gladstone.
  • Brooke Gladstone (2017). The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time. Workman Publishing Company. ISBN 9781523502387.


  1. ^ "Transom » Brooke Gladstone". Transom. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  2. ^ Gladstone, Brooke; Neufeld, Josh; Jones, Randy; Jones, Susann (2011). The Influencing Machine. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-393-07779-7.
  3. ^ a b Neyfakh, Leon (May 26, 2009). "Norton Buys Graphic Media Manifesto". New York Observer.
  4. ^ Butler, Kirstin (2011-08-10). "Comic Books as Journalism: 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  5. ^ Oppegaard, Brett (2012-07-01). "A Review of "The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media"". Visual Communication Quarterly. 19 (3): 192–194. doi:10.1080/15551393.2012.706585. ISSN 1555-1393. S2CID 147479556.
  6. ^ Gordon, Robert; Neville, Morgan (2015-07-24), Best of Enemies (Documentary, Biography, History), Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley, Dick Cavett, Noam Chomsky, Media Ranch, Motto Pictures, Tremolo Productions, retrieved 2020-11-23
  7. ^ Noble, Person: Don. ""The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time" By: Brooke Gladstone". Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  8. ^ "The Trouble with Reality - Workman Publishing". 2017-05-16. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  9. ^ "On the Media's Brooke Gladstone Hosts Month-Long Series on Eviction Crisis". Retrieved 2020-09-27.
  10. ^ "Brooke Gladstone, Rea S. Hederman Critic in Residence". Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Nature of Evidence Lecture featuring Brooke Gladstone". Princeton University Media Central. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  12. ^ Gladstone, Brooke (October 18, 2018). "A conversation on Media and Democracy with Brooke Gladstone". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
  13. ^ Lampert, Josh (May 2, 2011). "On the Bookshelf - Fusion confusion: comics by journalists, Lutheran rabbis, Jewish pluralism, and pork hamantaschen". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 2019-08-21. NPR's On the Media—a brilliant weekly radio show that expertly covers journalism and the arts from the perspective of how they're produced, circulated, and consumed—is hosted by two Jews, Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone...
  14. ^ "Sacred Cat Award," Archived May 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Milwaukee Press Club website. Accessed May 9, 2010.
  15. ^ "The Peabody Awards". Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  16. ^ "The Right Mixture for a New School Commencement". 2012-05-01.
  17. ^ "The 2017 Front Page Awards". Newswomen's Club of New York. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  18. ^ Glasdstone, Brooke; Rogers, Katya; Sharma, Meara; Claxton, Eve (2016). "Busted: America's Poverty Myths". WNYC Studios. Retrieved October 26, 2020.


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