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Jane Hall Associate Professor School of Communication

BA English (minor in Journalism), University of Texas at Austin; MS Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Jane Hall is a professor in journalism and media studies in the School of Communication. She specializes in media and politics, particularly issues of special interest to young people, the depiction of women in media and politics, media ethics and popular culture. A former weekly commentator on Fox News Channel, she regularly appears as a commentator and media expert on CNN's "Reliable Sources," MSNBC, PBS, NPR, C-SPAN and other TV networks . Before coming to American University, Hall was a journalist covering the news media in New York for the Los Angeles Times, where she won numerous awards for her reporting, including being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Prof. Hall 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, the Newseum, on campus and online. Over the past several years, Prof. Hall has worked with the non-partisan Kennedy Political Union and other student groups to moderate and produce exciting interview events and video programming with prominent newsmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, CNN's Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper, Washington Post editor Marty Baron, Anita Hill, Donna Brazile, NBC's Chuck Todd, civil-rights leader Julian Bond, Maria Elena Salinas, Ana Navarro and Patti Solis Doyle. During her career, Hall has also interviewed talk-show hosts, senators, entertainment and news executives, celebrities, authors and many other prominent figures. Her recent op-ed for the New York Times about Fox News, sexual harassment and politics was widely quoted, as is her commentary on TV and radio. She 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, the Washington Post, AP, Politico and other outlets. She has written the chapter about the status of women in media for the two-volume Sage reference book Gender and Women's Leadership, and her co-authored survey of self- censorship by war correspondents in Iraq as well as her other writing about media and politics are regularly cited and have had impact.
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 D.C. and New York. In 2014 and again in 2018, she was chosen Professor of the Year by AU student government for her work with students.
A native of Abilene, Texas, Prof. 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.
For the Media
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Partnerships & Affiliations


  • APSA

  • Women and Politics Institute, AU
    Affiliated Faculty

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Politics and the Media;  Media Ethics;  Young People and Politics/Young People and Media.
  • Projects:  “College Vote ’08,” A year-long collaboration about election with students and November ’07  and March ’08  

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Pulitzer Prize finalist, LA Times
  • LA Times Editor’s Award
  • Los Angeles Press Club Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Media Appearances

Selected Publications

Professional Presentations

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

AU Experts

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, millenials

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 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 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.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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