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Alison Bass

Alison BassAlison Bass is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of "Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial," which won the NASW Science in Society Award for 2009. She was a longtime medical and science writer for The Boston Globe and has also written for The Miami Herald, Psychology Today and Technology Review, among other publications.

A series she wrote for The Boston Globe on psychiatry was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and she has received many other journalism awards. In 2007, she won a prestigious Alicia Patterson Fellowship for her book project. Bass teaches journalism at Mount Holyoke College and Brandeis University.

Elana Feldman

efeldmanElana Feldman is a doctoral candidate in organizational behavior at the Boston University School of Management. She earned her B.A. from Brown University in Providence, RI. Her current research interests include micro (moment-to-moment) experiences of work, work practices that enable fulfilling and balanced lives, and gender dynamics.

Florence George Graves

Florence GravesFlorence George Graves is the founding director of Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, where a staff of journalists do major investigative projects on issues related to political and social justice. The Institute, the first investigative reporting center based at a university, involves students as research assistants, giving them a unique opportunity. As an investigative reporter and magazine editor, Ms. Graves's work has focused on exposing political, government and corporate abuses of power, particularly in Washington, and led to a number of congressional hearings, government probes and several reforms in public policies.

Working as an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, she broke the story exposing sexual misconduct allegations about Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon, which led to his resignation. She founded the national political and investigative journal, Common Cause Magazine. Her work has been recognized nationally and she is a recipient of many awards, including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. She is also a recipient of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, which honors the editing and overall presentation, content and design of a magazine. For six years she taught students how to create and edit magazines at George Washington University.

Terry Ann Knopf

Terry Ann KnopfTerry Ann Knopf is a Lecturer at in the Journalism Dept. at Boston University, where she teaches courses in Arts Criticism and Media Criticism. Earlier, she worked as a TV critic for The Miami Herald and later at The Patriot Ledger. She was also a Boston Globe correspondent, specializing in the arts and media. Her articles on the media have appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Ladies Home Journal and Boston Magazine, and in numerous journals and anthologies.

A three-time winner for Best TV Critic in Boston Magazine's annual Best-of-Boston awards, she was also voted Best Columnist by the New England Women's Press Association and Best Columnist [second place] by the New England Press Association.

She also worked as the Media Relations Manager at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Earlier in her career she was a Research Associate at Brandeis University's now-defunct Lemberg Center for the Study of Violence, where she authored numerous journal articles and the book Rumors, Race and Riots, which was re-published as a paperback in 2006.

John Murphy

John Murphy has been named The Patriot Ledger’s new editorial page editor, charged with steering the paper’s opinion pages.  Murphy comes to the Ledger from its sister GateHouse Media publication, the Enterprise of Brockton.

He had been at the Brockton paper since December 1991, first as a copy editor. During the past 11 years, Murphy was the Enterprise’s Sunday editor, overseeing the weekend edition, and its features editor, in charge of entertainment, lifestyle and related pages.  He is no stranger to opinion pages, having written editorials periodically since December 1999 for the Enterprise.

Ruth Nemzoff

NemzoffRuth Nemzoff is a resident scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center and a former adjunct assistant Professor at Bentley University. Her academic training in American Studies at Barnard College, in counseling at Columbia University and in Social Policy at Harvard University is the foundation of this picture of the changing American family. She formerly held the position of Assistant Minority Leader of the New Hampshire Legislature and was New Hampshire's first female Deputy Commissioner of Health and Welfare. While serving as a visiting scholar at the Wellesley Center for Research, she wrote a historical analysis of the Changing Perceptions of Mothers of Children with Disabilities and has also published articles about environmental advertising and women in politics and about Jewish intermarriage.

Ruth has founded a nursery school, a counseling service and the National Women's Legislative Lobby. She has served on multiple boards, including New Hampshire's United Way and Boston's Jewish Family and Children's Services. She currently serves as chair of the Advisory Committee, Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy and is on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

Her first book is titled Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with your Adult Children. Ruth has been speaking around the country on this compelling topic and has even brought these issues to an international audience. She and her husband, Harris Berman have four children and six grand children.

Charlie Radin

Charlie Radin is Director of Global Operations and Communications at Brandeis University. He worked at The Boston Globe for more than 30 years, serving as Middle East bureau chief from 2001-5, Far East bureau chief from 1993-6, and as a generalassignment foreign correspondent during the 1980s and ‘90s. Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, he reported on numerous major issues in Europe, including the wars in the former Yugoslavia, the strengthening of the European Community and problems associated with mass immigration. Radin was also a Globe specialist on race and ethnicity and religion, winning the American Academy of Religion's first place award for in-depth reporting on religion in 2006.

Judy Rakowsky

judyAs an award-winning journalist, Judy concentrated on legal issues and investigative reporting as a longtime staffer for the Providence Journal and Boston Globe. Now a regular correspondent for People Magazine, she also teaches journalism at Boston University, advises the student paper at Bentley University and does communications consulting while working on a memoir about her journey of self-discovery in Poland with a cousin who survived the Holocaust.

Deirdre Wilson

judyDeirdre is the Sr. Editor of the Boston Parent's Paper, http://boston.parenthood.com/about.php.