Donna is a nationally-known media historian, author of five books and many articles and essays.
Donna L. Halper
Professional Title: Associate Professor of Communications
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Media history, media analysis, journalism
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Communication and Media Studies
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Intro to Communication, Public Speaking, Journalism in the Digital Age, Media Analysis
Education: BA, MA, MEd, Northeastern University; PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: “Keeping Up With the Red Sox: Getting the News in 1912” (essay for SABR History of Boston Red Sox) “Boston Radio 1920-2011” (Arcadia Press) “Icons of Talk: The Media Mouths That Changed America” (Greenwood Press)
Fun Facts: Associate Professor Donna Halper has two entries in The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time, edited by David V. Moscovitz and published by Greenwood Press (ABC-CLIO), one on the Everly Brothers and the other on the Cars. The publisher describes this 2-volume work as a "one-of-a-kind reference [that] investigates the music and the musicians that set the popular trends of the last half century in America." It contains information and thorough biographies of "the best 100 musical groups from the past 60 years." This is a link to the book's publisher: http://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOGreenwood/product.aspx?pc=A3876C
Donna has spent more than 35 years in broadcasting and print journalism, and has often been called upon to comment on trends in media. She has made guest appearances on PBS, NPR, the History Channel, and local stations like WCVB-TV (channel 5), WBUR, and WBZ Radio, and is often quoted in the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. While in radio, she discovered the rock group RUSH, who dedicated two albums to her, and she appears in a 2010 documentary about them. She is also the advocate for an adult with autism, and a Big Sister.
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