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Center for Environmental Filmmaking

Christopher Palmer

Christopher Palmer

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Distinguished Film Producer in Residence

Chris Palmer is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is also a speaker, author, and environmental and wildlife film producer. He has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, an... [More]

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Center for Social Media

Patricia Aufderheide

Patricia Aufderheide

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University Professor

Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and director of the Center for Media and Social Impact. Her books include Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put... [More]

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Angelica Das

Angelica Das

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Associate Director, Center for Social Media

Angelica (Angie) Das is the new Associate Director at the Center for Social Media. Das comes to the Center with a background in nonprofit management, both at Machik, which supports the work of strengthening communities on the Tibetan plateau, and at ... [More]

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Abigail Maravalli

Abigail Maravalli

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Senior Administrative Assistant

Abigail serves as the Project Coordinator at the Center for Social Media. She recently completed her master's degree in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs at American University while researching the capacity of media to produce social change in Iran.... [More]

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202-885-3107
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Current Magazine

Stephen Behrens

Stephen Behrens

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Part Time Staff

Steve came to SOC in January 2011 along with four colleagues who put out Current: For people in public media, the main news source about the core of public media — public TV and radio. Current aims to expand coverage of newer online forms of public m... [More]

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Karen Everhart

Karen Everhart

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Managing Editor, Current

Karen is a media reporter chronicling public broadcasting’s adaptations to the multiplatform world of digital media. A senior editor at Current since 2001, she covers public radio – its funding, distribution strategies, internal politics and programm... [More]

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Laura Rogers

Laura Rogers

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Business Manager, Current

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Dru Sefton

Dru Sefton

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Senior Editor, Current

Dru covers public television and related issues for Current, the SOC's newspaper of public media. She has more than 25 years experience working at daily newspapers including USA Today. She spent a decade at Newhouse News Service in D.C., where she wr... [More]

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Foreign Correspondence Network

William Gentile

William Gentile

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Journalist in Residence

Bill Gentile is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker at American University, where he brings 30 years of field experience and professional contacts to the next generation of communica... [More]

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202-885-2663
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Investigative Reporting Workshop

Katherine Aaron

Katherine Aaron

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Research Associate, America What Went Wrong



Wendell Cochran

Wendell Cochran

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Associate Professor

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202-885-2075
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Margaret Ebrahim

Margaret Ebrahim

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Senior Editor, Investigative Reporting Workshop

Margaret Ebrahim is a senior editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. For more than two decades, Ebrahim has been an award-winning investigative producer and journalist focusing on accountability journalism in the nation’s capital and beyond. ... [More]

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202-885-6355
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Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis

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Professor

Charles Lewis is a national investigative journalist; a former ABC News and 60 Minutes producer, best-selling author and founder the of several nonprofit organizations, including the Investigative Reporting Workshop and before that the Center for Pub... [More]

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J-Lab

Jill Clarke

Jill Clarke

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Part Time Staff

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202-885-8100
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Jan Schaffer

Jan Schaffer

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Executive Director, J-Lab

As SOC's Entrepreneur in Residence, Jan Schaffer helped to launch the school's MA in Media Entrepreneurship program for working professionals. She teaches MAME's Seminar in Media Entrepreneurship. She is also executive director of J-Lab: The Institut... [More]

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