School of Communication
Jane Hall is a professor in journalism and media studies. She specializes in media and politics, particularly issues of special interest to young people, and popular culture. A former weekly commentator on Fox News Channel, she regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, C-SPAN and other TV networks. She is moderator and executive producer for the long-running American Forum radio and TV series in Washington, D.C., interviewing prominent newsmakers on WAMU public radio, NBC4 and at the Newseum. Professor Hall is a frequent contributor to Columbia Journalism Review, the Harvard International Journal of Press and Politics and other publications; and she is frequently interviewed about media and politics by the New York Times, Washington Post, AP, NPR, Politico and other outlets. She has interviewed talk-show hosts, Senators, entertainment and news executives, authors, celebrities and many other prominent figures.
Prof. Hall teaches courses in advanced reporting and media studies, including politics and the media and a large freshman course about mass media and popular culture. She has collaborated with news organizations on numerous projects, and she is a popular moderator of events in DC and New York. Hall covered the media for nine years for the Los Angeles Times. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Los Angeles Times Editor's Awards and the Los Angeles Press Club Award. In 2014 she was chosen Professor of the Year by AU student government for her work in journalism with students.
A native of Abilene, Texas, Professor Hall earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
DegreesBA English (minor in Journalism), University of Texas at Austin; MS Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
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Partnerships & Affiliations
Women and Politics Institute, AU
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- Regular contributor, “Fox News Watch” media-analysis program, Fox News Channel
- Moderator, American Forum program on WAMU radio on young people/media/politics. (Often also broadcast on C-SPAN TV.)
- Interviewed as expert in print, including 2008 interviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post
- Associated Press
- Panelist, Obama Administration 100 Day Evaluation of Its Promise of Transparency, The NewsMarket
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Pulitzer Prize finalist, LA Times
- LA Times Editor’s Award
- Los Angeles Press Club Award
- Phi Beta Kappa
Regular speaker on media and politics, including in 2008:
- Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility at Syracuse University
- James Madison Fellows lecture, Georgetown University
- PBS program at Quinnipiac College
Grants and Sponsored Research
- Curriculum Development Award, American University, 2008-2009
- Convener and moderator, conference on the future of news, Center for Social Media, American University, 2006
- Research Award, American University, 2006-2008
- Co-author, grant on diversity in journalism education, Knight Foundation and Assoc. of Schools of Mass Communication
Area of Expertise: Politics and the media, war media coverage, media ethics and criticism, television news, depiction of women in the media, young people and the media, young people and politics, young people and media/popular culture
Additional Information: Jane Hall specializes in media and politics, media ethics and young people, and media and popular culture. She is an expert on young people and the news, young people and politics, and the depiction of women in the media. Hall is the moderator and executive producer of the long-running American Forum series on young people and politics, and the media at American University. She is a regular commentator on media and politics on cable TV and in print. She was a weekly commentator on the media for many years for Fox News Channel and now regularly appears on other media programs, including CNN's Reliable Sources. Hall is interviewed regularly on media and politics by many national publications and outlets, including Politico, U.S. News & World Report, and the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, and other publications. She has been interviewed as an expert on the media on NPR, PBS's NewsHour and Charlie Rose, the BBC, and other broadcast and cable programs.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Hall developed a year-long collaboration with American University students and WashingtonPost.com that led to a published series of surveys and articles focusing on issues of special interest to young people in the 2008 campaign. She recently contributed a chapter on the status of women in TV news and newspapers for a two-volume encyclopedia on women's leadership and gender studies and moderated a panel on media coverage of First Ladies for a conference at the School of Public Affairs at American University. She also has moderated two annual symposia with fellows studying the presidency and Congress and other events with young people in Washington, D.C., and New York. Before joining American University in 1998, Hall was a long-time journalist writing about the news media for publications in New York, including nine years as the media reporter for the Los Angeles Times in New York. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Los Angeles Times Editors' Award and the Los Angeles Press Club awards for her media coverage.
Hall also has contributed numerous articles on media and politics to the Harvard International Journal of Press and Politics and Columbia Journalism Review. She has been the moderator and executive producer of the American Forum series since 2001, broadcast on WAMU, the NPR station in Washington, D.C., from 2001 to 2010 and live-streamed on WashingtonPost.com in 2010. In 2005, Hall coauthored a study of issues of censorship and self-censorship among 200 journalists in Iraq that was praised as an “important new study” by the Columbia Journalism Review.
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AU News and Achievements
How Engaged Are Young Adults on Issue of Climate Change?
Youth believe climate is changing and that action matters, yet are less active than older generation....
Chuck Todd and AU Students Talk Election 2012 for NBC
The MSNBC host fielded questions on immigration, voter turnout and media coverage at a recent American ...
Students Discuss National Security at American Forum
Journalist who exposed NSA’s PRISM program talked Edward Snowden, freedom of press....
Former Fox News Commentator Takes Beck, Obama to Task
As a Fox News commentator for eleven years, professor Hall held her own debating Fox News heavyweights, ...
Anderson Cooper Accepts 2013 Wonk of the Year Award
American University gives CNN’s Anderson Cooper an exuberant reception at Bender Arena....
American Forum, SOC Faculty Take on Teens, Sex & Media
American Forum heads to the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention....