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Jennifer L Pozner

Jennifer L. Pozner founded Women In Media & News in late 2001 to increase women's presence and power in the public debate through media analysis, education, advocacy and reform...

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Women, Media, AND...Executive Director's Blog

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Jennifer L Pozner's Biography

Jennifer L. Pozner is founder and executive director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a women’s media analysis, education and advocacy organization dedicated to increasing women’s presence and power in the public debate (www.wimnonline.org). She created and manages WIMN’s Voices: A Group Blog on Women, Media, AND...

A widely published journalist and media critic, Pozner formerly directed the Women's Desk at the national media watch group FAIR, where she was a staff writer for Extra! magazine and the organizer of the national Feminist Coalition on Public Broadcasting. She also served as Media Watch columnist and contributing media editor for Sojourner: The Women's Forum, the dearly-departed national women’s newspaper.

Pozner's freelance work on women, media, politics and pop culture has been published in Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic, Hartford Courant, Boston Pheonix, Ms., Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Women’s Review of Books, America Prospect, Salon.com, AlterNet.org, TomPaine.com, WomensEnews.org and CommonDreams.org, among others.

Her essays have appeared in anthologies such as What Do We Do Now (a post-2004 election manifesto); The W Effect: Bush’s War on Women; Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century; Uncovering the Right on Campus; and Points and CounterPoints: Controversial Family and Relationship Issues in the 21st Century, and several other commercial and academic texts.

Pozner has appeared as a commentator on CNN's "Reliable Sources," MSNBC's "Scarborough Country," ABC News Now's "Top Priority," Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Fox News Network's "The O'Reilly Factor," "Hannity & Colmes," "The Big Story with John Gibson," "Fox & Friends" and "Good Day NY," Oxygen TV's "Pure Oxygen," Free Speech TV, Pacifica Radio's "Democracy Now!" and "Wake Up Call," WNYC's "On The Media," CJAD's "News Radio Montreal," KPFA's "The Morning Show," KPFK's "Uprising Radio," FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin, and other commercial and independent radio stations. She is also featured in several independent documentary projects including such films as I Was a Teenage Feminist.

A noted public speaker, Pozner has conducted multi-media presentations and participated in panels and debates at dozens of colleges and universities across the United States, and has organized, moderated and facilitated workshops and panels at numerous conferences domestically and internationally. Additionally, she has worked closely with the women's human rights groups MADRE and Women for Afghan Women, and with a variety of other women-led social justice groups, including the Center for New Words’ WAM (Women, Action & Media) conference, Women Leaders Online and New Yorkers Say No To War.

And because laughter is both a powerful weapon and an activist’s best medicine, Pozner served for several years as volunteer coordinator of the New York City chapters of the "Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)" and the "Billionaires for More Media Mergers," political satire groups using humor to call attention to the corruptive influence of money in politics and media.

She graduated from Hampshire College in 1996 with a self-designed concentration in journalism, media criticism and women's studies.

In 2006, she was selected as one of “The Real Hot 100,” a Girls in Government project honoring young women leaders as a response to media sexism. She is the recipient of Soroptimist International of NYC's 2007 "Making A Difference for Women Award."

Her first book, an analysis of the political and intellectual implications of the reality TV genre (Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV) will be published by Seal Press in Spring 2010.

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