Brooke Gladstone

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Brooke Gladstone
Brooke Gladstone.jpg
Gladstone in 2014
Born1955 (age 64–65)
EducationUniversity of Vermont
Stanford University
OccupationJournalist, author, media analyst
Notable credit(s)
On the Media
All Things Considered
Weekend Edition
Spouse(s)Fred Kaplan (m. 1983)

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


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

In 1987, at the age of 32,[1] she joined National Public Radio, first as editor of Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, and then as 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 such stories 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, WNYC—New York Public Radio—hired Gladstone to help relaunch On the Media, locally produced but distributed nationally. 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]

In 2017, Gladstone wrote The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time, a nonfiction book published by Workman Publishing Company.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Gladstone resides in Brooklyn with her husband, journalist and author Fred Kaplan. They have adult twin daughters. Gladstone is Jewish.[5]

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. ^ "The Trouble with Reality - Workman Publishing". 2017-05-16. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  5. ^ "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 . . ". Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  6. ^ "The Right Mixture for a New School Commencement". 2012-05-01.
  7. ^ "The Peabody Awards". Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  8. ^ "Sacred Cat Award," Archived May 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Milwaukee Press Club website. Accessed May 9, 2010.


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