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Shannon Fisher

Shannon Fisher is a writer, social[1] and political[2] commentator, and the host of two talk radio shows on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network,[3] The Authentic Woman and Our Lives with Shannon Fisher. She is also a frequent host of the National Press Club's Update-1 Podcast.[4] and a notable women's rights activist.

Radio host[edit]

Fisher began her career in radio in September 2013 as a panelist on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network's show, A Global Conversation on Domestic Violence.[5] She went on to host A Global Conversation on Human and Sex Trafficking in February 2014[6] and was subsequently asked by the network's owner to do a weekly show on women's social and political issues, in addition to highlighting women with careers in the arts. In February 2017, Fisher began hosting an additional show on the network, Our Lives with Shannon Fisher,[7] which covers a broader range of global societal issues.

Fisher is also among a small team of hosts of the National Press Club's Update-1 Podcast,[8] which addresses current events from the perspective of the news media.


Shannon Fisher standing on the Virginia Capitol steps with the other women's rights activists who were selected by Style Weekly as the 2012 Richmonders of the Year. Photo by Scott Elmquist.
Shannon Fisher, and other protesters, sitting on the steps of the Virginia Capitol during the March 3, 2012 protest that made national headlines. Photo by Scott Elmquist.

Fisher participated in a demonstration on March 3, 2012 against transvaginal ultrasound legislation in the Virginia General Assembly,[9] during which approximately 1000 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Richmond, Virginia to the steps of the Virginia Capitol building. Thirty protesters were arrested.[10][11] Photographs of the event were shared worldwide, encouraging protests against similar legislation introduced in other state legislatures. The Virginia protest was featured in the film Political Bodies,[12] which won "Best Documentary" at the Austin Film Festival in 2013.[13]

In January 2013, Fisher was included among women's rights activists named the "2012 Richmonders of the Year" for their participation in the March 2012 protest by the staff of Richmond's Style Weekly alternative newspaper.[11]

Fisher co-founded UniteWomen.org's "Unite Against Rape" campaign, along with fellow executive committee members Renee Davis, Karen Teegarden and Sarah Warfield Chamberlin.[14] The raised public awareness of the issues of rape, human trafficking and violence against women. An array of legislators, journalists and celebrities participated in the campaign, including U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine; comedians Roseanne Barr, Margaret Cho, Annabelle Gurwitch and Lois Bromfield; social justice advocate Sandra Fluke; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle, Ronnie Cameron, musician Courtney Love; social and political commentators Meghan McCain, Alexandria Goddard (the Steubenville blogger), Leslie Salzillo, Kimberley A. Johnson and Tanya Tatum; Editor-in-Chief Jane Pratt; writers Mandy Stadtmiller, Alison Freer, Marci Robin and Julia Allison; actors Yuri Lowenthal, Pia Glenn and Sharon Gardner; celebrity artist Tormented Sugar; writers Herman Williams, III, Pat Bertram, Michele Rolle and Toni Morrison; executive director of the Military Rape Crisis Center, Panayiota Bertzikis; and celebrity relationship experts Dr. Gilda Carle and Dr. Sheri Meyers.[15]

The "Unite Against Rape" team also partnered with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network for a national RAINN Day campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault on college campuses.[16]

Fisher spoke on the grounds of the Washington Monument on November 9, 2014 at an event held by the Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation to help raise awareness of female genital mutilation.[17][18]


Fisher is a 2002 graduate and Past Class Chair of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership[19] at The University of Virginia and received her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary in 1994.[20][21]


Fisher's articles and essays have been published in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, news sites and blogs since the 1990s.[22][23][24][25][26] She writes about Society,[27] Politics,[2] Health,[28] Entertainment,[29] and Pop Culture.[30]

"Why ‘Slacktivism’ Matters" is an article Fisher wrote for PBS, explaining various methods of Social Media Activism and demonstrating its potential effectiveness in raising global awareness using the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag as an example.[31]


Fisher is a member of the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association. She is an alumna of the Beta Delta chapter of Alpha Chi Omega.[32]

Notable radio shows and podcasts[edit]

NPC CNN’s John King Breaks Down 2020 Election Coverage
NPC Nonprofit News and the Vital Role it Plays
NPC Cybersecurity for Journalists
NPC COVID-19 Worsening Threat To Global Press Freedom
NPC Washington Press Corps Becoming More Digital And Specialized: Pew Research Center
NPC Exploring The Growing Popularity Of Fair Trade Products: Fairtrade America And Ben & Jerry's
NPC By Targeting Millennials, The Young Turks Dominates Online News
NPC Policy Makers Using Solution-Based Journalism To Effect Change: UC Berkeley Journalism for Social Change Program creator Daniel Heimpel
NPC News Coverage and Communications Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations with two-time Edward R. Murrow Award winner, Lisa Matthews.
AOTA Writing Horror for the Screen: Child's Play Creator Don Mancini
AOTA Former CIA Counterterrorism Center Deputy Director Philip Mudd on CIA Black Sites
AOTA New York Times Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern
AOTA Vanishing of the Bees: Maryam Henein on the sudden disappearance of bees
AOTA Economic & Racial Divides: Yale University Sociologist Dr. Elijah Anderson with Shannon Fisher
AOTA Former Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine and New York Times Bestselling Author Kate White
AOTA The Fight for the Four Freedoms: Harvey J. Kaye
AOTA HIV on Rise among Women: Marty Bond from the Office on Women's Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
AOTA An Interview with former Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle about their new book, Crisis Point
AOTA Neurobiology of Trauma: Harvard Medical School's Dr. Jim Hopper
AOTA The Words We Live By: Constitutional Scholar Linda Monk
AOTA Dr. Maureen Petersen Talks Diabetes
AOTA Dangers of the Essure Device
AOTA FGM – Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation President, Angela Peabody
AOTA NWHW – Director of the Office on Women's Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Nancy Lee
AOTA Beagle Freedom Project, Shannon Keith
AOTA Gilda –Gram – Celebrity Relationship Expert, Dr. Gilda Carle
AOTA The World Bank's Digital Communications Manager, Christine Montgomery
AOTA How a Breast Feeding Bill Became a Law – Activist, Kate Noon
AOTA A History of Women in Society – Historian, Renee Davis
AOTA A Conversation about Women and Race – Moderator of The Tatum Talks, Tanya Tatum
AOTA The State of Women's Rights in America – Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and Karen Teegarden, President of UniteWomen.org
AOTA Ovarian Cancer – Survivor and Patient Advocate, Esther Windmueller
AOTA Pink Ink – Tattoo Artist, Amy Black
AOTA Exploring Autism
AOTA Women in Comedy – Comedian, Lois Bromfield
AOTA True P@rn Clerk Stories and The Second City – Writer and Comedian, Ali Davis
AOTA Chatting or Cheating – Dr. Sheri Meyers
AOTA Newyorican Girl – Writer and Journalist, Julia Barden
AOTA A Global Conversation on Human and Sex Trafficking


  1. ^ Fisher, Shannon; Social, ContributorRadio Talk Show Host; Commentator, Political (October 10, 2016). "The Hacking of Leslie Jones: A Sledgehammer Through The Wall Of Human Decency". HuffPost. Retrieved December 16, 2019. {{cite web}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ a b Fisher, Shannon; Social, ContributorRadio Talk Show Host; Commentator, Political (November 30, 2016). "Former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle And Trent Lott Offer Solutions To Partisan Gridlock". HuffPost. Retrieved December 16, 2019. {{cite web}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ "The Authentic Woman – with Host Shannon Fisher". Authorsontheair.com. Archived from the original on May 26, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Shannon Fisher Search". press.org. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  5. ^ "A Global Conversation on Domestic and Sexual Violence 09/21 by Authors on the Air Books | Current Events Podcasts". Blogtalkradio.com. September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "A Global Conversation on Human and Sex Trafficking on Authors on the Air 02/15 by AuthorsontheAirbookstoo | Books Podcasts". Blogtalkradio.com. February 15, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Harold "Lefty" Williams Dare 2 Dream Foundation". Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "News Coverage Differences Between For-Profit And Nonprofit Organizations". press.org. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Speak Loud With Silence: 10 Things You NEED to Know Before Saturday's Protest". Speakloudwithsilence.blogspot.com. March 1, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Photos: Abortion protests lead to 30 arrests at Virginia Capitol". RVANews. March 3, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Bass, Scott (June 9, 2014). "2012 Richmonders of the Year: Women's Rights Activists". Style Weekly. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Political Bodies at IMDb
  13. ^ Austin Film Festival. "2013 – Austin Film Festival – The Writers Festival". Austinfilmfestival.com. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  14. ^ Fisher, Shannon. "Shedding Shame – A Personal Journey through Unite Against Rape". UNITEWOMEN.ORG®. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "A Motley Crew Uniting Against Rape – Senators, Celebrities and Everyday Citizens – Bonfire Impact". Bonfireimpact.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  16. ^ Fisher, Shannon. "Everyone Hates Rape…Right?". UNITEWOMEN.ORG®. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  17. ^ http://wizathon.com/walk2endfgm/?id=342 Archived November 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Shannon Fisher's Speech at the Washington Monument about FGM". THOUGHTS & MUSINGS ON POLITICS & THE UNIVERSE. November 9, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  19. ^ "PLP Class of 2002". Sorensen Institute. Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  20. ^ College of William and Mary (1993). Colonial Echo, 1993. Earl Gregg Swem Library College of William and Mary. College of William and Mary.
  21. ^ https://www.wmalumni.com/members/default.asp?user=ShannonFisher (registration required)[dead link]
  22. ^ "A Motley Crew Uniting Against Rape – Senators, Celebrities and Everyday Citizens – Bonfire Impact". Bonfireimpact.com. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  23. ^ Fisher, Shannon. "Shannon Fisher (collected articles)". Bluevirginia.us. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  24. ^ Daley, Paul (January 1, 2009). Golf Architecture. a Worldwide Perspective. Volume Five. Full Swing Golf. ISBN 978-0646510101.
  25. ^ Klein, Bradley S. (March 1, 2004). A Walk in the Park: Golfweek's Guide to America's Best Classic and Modern Golf Courses. Sports Pub. L.L.C. ISBN 1582616051.
  26. ^ Fisher, Shannon. "Writing & Public Relations". Shannonfisher.com. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  27. ^ "Shannon Fisher on workplace sexual harassment: When in doubt, don't". Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  28. ^ "Understanding The Needs Of Nursing Mothers". February 12, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  29. ^ "We Can't Quit These 1980s Movie Action Heroes". October 8, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  30. ^ "Inside Leah Remini's Most Controversial Claims About Scientology". July 24, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  31. ^ "Why 'Slacktivism' Matters". MediaShift. February 25, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  32. ^ "Colonial Echo, College of William and Mary, 1993". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2021.

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