A graduate of Cornell University and the London School of Economics, Danny Schechter is a writer, television producer, and independent filmmaker who also speaks about media and financial issues. He is the editor of Mediachannel1.org, the global media issues site, and blogs daily as the News Dissector at News Dissector.com. His blog was named the 2009 “Blog of the Year” by the Hunter College Media Department of the City University of New York.
He is the author of fourteen books on the financial crisis, media, and the Iraq War. He has produced and directed more than thirty documentaries and television specials, including In Debt We Trust and Plunder: The Crime of Our Time. He has been the recipient of many journalism awards, including two National News Emmys, and was the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2001 Award for Excellence in Documentary Journalism.
Schechter is co-founder and executive producer of Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company, now in its 24th year. He founded and executive-produced the series South Africa Now, and co-produced Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television. He has worked for CNN, ABC, as a civil rights worker, mayoral assistant, community organizer, professor and lecturer, and most recently as an independent journalist. His writings have appeared in leading newspapers and magazines, including Al Jazeera, The Nation, Boston Globe, Village Voice, Newsday, and Columbia Journalism Review.