In January 2013, Edward Wasserman became dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
For the previous 10 years he had been the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He writes and speaks widely on matters related to media rights and wrongs, technological change, and media ownership and control. His academic specialties include plagiarism, source confidentiality and conflict of interest.
Since 2001 he has written a biweekly column on the media that is distributed nationally by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service. He is a member of the executive board of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) and the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Media Ethics. He is a former member of the board of advisors to the international Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO). He has spoken to professional and academic groups throughout the United States and in Argentina, Brazil, China, Great Britain, India, the Netherlands, Canada, Qatar, Sweden, and China.
Wasserman joined W&L in 2003 after a career in journalism that began in 1972. He worked for news organizations in Maryland, Wyoming, Florida and New York. Among other positions, he was CEO and editor in chief of American Lawyer Media’s Miami-based Daily Business Review newspaper chain, executive business editor of the Miami Herald, city editor of the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, and editorial director of Primedia’s 140-publication Media Central division in New York.
Wasserman received a B.A. cum laude in politics and economics from Yale, a licence in philosophy from the University of Paris, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, where he studied media politics and economics.