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.

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  1. Dear Sir: I am an 81 years old Puerto Rican Independentist living in La Coruña, Spain, in self imposed exile. During my lifetime I was a youth-activist, Volunteer decorated Korean Vet, Puerto Rican Legislator, Radio Political Analyst, Author. I am passing through Miami and read your Miami Herald column in today’s edition, Feb. 1., and want to congratulate you on bringing up such an important issue. That issue relates to the origins of the constant manipulation your country’s subjected to constantly and that has really turned the American Dream into the American Myth. In the process of this “double-understanding” of Democracy which dominates the USA, your people still, silently, allow your government to violate the principles of Freedom and Justice for all by keeping my Nstion, Puerto Rico, subjected to the most ignominous colonialism. I wish you well and wish that the American Intelligentia would raise their voices against the atrocius degeneration the USA has brought upon our People. Thanks for your column once again. Yours truly, Ramon E. Dapena, a Puerto Rican Freedom Fighter.

  2. Dear Mr. Wasserman,
    Great and informative article. You seem to be fulfilling your constitutional duty of keeping the public informed with the truth about our world rather than promoting your own ideology. Thank you. I am pleasantly surprised that the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer allowed it to appear in this heavily liberal paper. Please consider writing an article about the New Black Panthers behavior at polling places in Philadelphia and see if that gets into this newspaper. I bet you ten bucks it does not.
    Anthony Geracitano

    1. Dear Mr. Geracitano,

      Thanks for your comment. Could I ask you to send it again? The problem is that you posted it as a response to the “About” information on my website. That meant that when I approved it, it ran underneath the biographical material I put on the site about myself, which wasn’t what either of us intended. What you need to do is go back and pull up the column you were commenting on. Then click on the “reply” option that accompanies that column, and put your comment there. That way, when I approve your comment for posting, it’ll run underneath the column, as you intended.

      Thanks very much, and I’m glad you liked the column.

      Ed Wasserman

  3. Dear Mr. Wasserman,
    As a high school student who watched the 2010 World Cup, I found myself agreeing with many points made in your article from the Miami Herald, “History lost in the game”. I see history as a very humbling subject. The cultures of the world are so rich and diverse that, to gain a worldly understanding of them and their histories, one must have a lifelong interest in learning about them. Your proposal to making the World Cup a truly cultural experience for viewers is one that I hope can be realized. I think many would benefit and find that type of commentary interesting, I know I would!

  4. Dear Mr. Wasserman:
    I apologize for my tardiness on commenting on your column of last week. I really think that your idea to have the network that carried the World Cup give a history lesson on the various countries that participated is unwise and unworkable. For one thing, whose version of history will be proffered? Do you get into religious aspects of a Protestant Holland being oppressed by a Catholic Spain? No T.V. network that I know of wants to touch any of that. Also, the network heads would be terrified of the dumb jock commentators insulting an entire race or country by offering their own silly insights or attempts at humor. It is best not to attempt to cast pearls before swine and leave history lessons to the History Channel.
    William Muller

  5. Hi Ed; i found your blog compliments of Facebook and the various links it provides.

    glad to see you in “print”

  6. Dear Prof. Wasserman:

    I also think it a great injustice when the newspapers piously refrain from publishing the name of an alleged victim of sexual assault, but have no qualms about printing the name of the alleged attacker. Why not accord the accused the same courtesy? Of course, then the story would read “A man is accused of rape by a woman.” No nearly as interesting.


    Tom Padwa

  7. Would love to have you review our 210-page book, “Handbook for Citizen Journalists.” Will send you free e-copy if interested. Just ask.

  8. Yankton Sioux Chairman Thurman Cournoyer who attended the 2011 Tribal Summit in Washington alerted the Obama administration to the ‘Rouse et al case’ to address the gross miscarriage of justice committed against his people. He hand-delivered the YST’s Resolution to The White House to highlight the outrageous civil rights violations against the Yankton Sioux tribe’s children and the actual innocence of the convicted men. Deputy Officer Intergovernmental Affairs Charles Galbraith, told the chairman: “Oh, is this about the Marty Four? I will get it to the right people”, and shock his hand. Galbraith is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and previously worked as Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota.
    Thurman Cournoyer: “We ask for a complete pardon for Jesse Rouse, Desmond Rouse, Garfield Feather and Russell Hubbeling. These men never committed any crime against any of these children and are completely innocent. Furthermore the numerous civil rights violations against the children committed by the authorities need to be addressed and investigated. It is time for the US government to listen to ALL the children state that these crimes never happened. I believe that the President will stand up for justice. These men never had a fair trial due to prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. As a Tribe and a Nation we believe Justice is mandatory. Political wriggling and avoidance is unacceptable. We ask the president to step forward and speak out clearly in favour of justice and fundamental fairness. These men should be exonerated and released immediately.”
    The 4 men, Jesse Rouse, Desmond Rouse, Garfield Feather and Russell Hubbeling have always maintained their innocence. All of the alleged victims have been screaming to deaf ears for 17 years that no crime was ever committed against them and that their testimony was coerced by the promise to return to their families.
    When the judge asked Jessica Rouse (4<5), in so many words, what truth is, she answered, "It means I can go home." And a lie: "It means I can't go home."
    Later, the judge admitted her answer was equivocal, questionable.

    A random group of 11 children was abducted from their homes, stripped off their identities, starved, made to work under slave labor conditions on the foster parent’s farm, locked out in all weathers and aggressively prepared to witness against their innocent family members. The Human rights violations against these children fit the UN Charta for Genocide.
    On July 20, the Yankton Sioux Tribe passed resolution 2011-086:
    “We believe that these four men are innocent of all charges against them and that their trial was fatally tainted by serious error,” reads the document, which suggests that the men be either freed or retried.”
    Major supporters include Robert Chatelle Director National Center for Reason and Justice (NCRJ), Maggie Brock, Maggie Bruck, Ph.D Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Hollida Wakefield, M.A.Licensed Psychologist, Institute for Psychological Therapies, Linda Kenney Baden, Esq, Law Offices of Linda Kenney Baden, Tony Moss, Esq, LAW OFFICE OF TONY MOSS, P.A.
    “I will do anything I can to help. This, in my long career, is one of the top injustices.”
    Holly Wakefield

    “In my judgement the convictions appear to be a grave miscarriage of justice." Linda Baden Esq.

    “Thank you for considering this request to review the case. I offer all the help that is needed should this happen.” Maggie Bruck, Ph.D
    Professor Bruck is a famous academician. Since 2001 she has coauthored three articles or chapters on recantation and disclosure which are the gold standard in the area:

    London, L., Bruck, M., Ceci, S. J., & Shuman, D. W. (2005). Disclosure of child sexual abuse: What does the research tell us about the ways that children tell? Psychology, Public Policy and the Law, 11(1), 194-226.

    London, L., Bruck, M., Wright, D. B., & Ceci, S. J. (2008). Review of the contemporary literature on how children report sexual abuse to others: Findings, methodological issues, and implications for forensic interviewers. Memory, 16(1), 29-47.

    London, L., Bruck, M., Ceci, S. J., & Shuman, D. W. (2007). Disclosure of child sexual abuse: A review of the contemporary empirical literature. In Pipe, M., Lamb, M., Orbach, Y., & Cederberg, A. (Eds.), Child sexual abuse: Disclosure, delay, and denial (pp. 11-39). New York: Routeledge.

    please if there is anybody out there please help these men, thank you

  9. Remember the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church? Judging by your recent editorial, I guess you don’t. It should have been mentioned as a victim of media hype as well.

  10. Thank you for a wonderful column today (Media AWOL in war review). It was the most succinct and perceptive account of how our latest wars are being swept under the carpet.

  11. Mr Wasserman, Our paper, KnoxvilleNews sentinel carried your article to the Miami Herald Re Hollywoods two fisted worship of gun violence. I thought your were “right on” in your comments. Why will not Hollywood make movies that depict life as it should be with love, joy , peace, patience, gentleness, self-control, etc.? The movie blindsided is a good example of a job well done in this regard.

  12. Ed,

    You’re a media pro. I read your column in the Miami Herald and consider you the “fact check” guy for responsible media distribution.

    I’m watching the constant and pervasive coverage of the sad event in Boston. All the “biggies” are there……trying to outdo each other on the issue of the film, the presumed “suspect” quoting their sources and really getting it wrong. Media personalities, all breathless and hyper, are interviewing elected and appointed officials and passing along the inadvertant slip. It’s a sharkfest conducted by Moray eels. The Governnor of Massachusetts just phrased it well as he replied to one over the top ” biggie” when asked about detainees, arrests, etc. he replied politely, “it isn’t so until the FBI says it’s so”. Sort of like bugger off.

    Network and cable media ought to be ashamed of themselves!

    You show do something about professional restraint.

    George Reeves

  13. Why, do other World Countries react softer – and not so histerical – in handling wisehlblowers, regarding their Illegal spying activities? Because these Countries target their real enemies and not, their own citenzens and do not fall back on “gross cover ups, and lies”, to misinform the public.

    Not long ago, there use to be “checks and balances”, to prevent these ‘black ops.” shinanigans by our Governement and its Agencies…from happening.
    What ever happen to them? Where did they go?

    Certainly, I do not wish my Country to become 1954 East Germany, where the Governent force every citizen to spy on each other. i.e. GeorgeOrwe’s book “1984”…

    Because other countries only target their Spaying on their enemies, and not,
    on their own citizens they can be more lineants. Yet, although illegal, when they are discovered, they throw a tantrom, and lable the Patriot, as a traitor, hoping to send a message to future patriots, not to open their mouths…

    Imagine if Snowden had not informed the American People of this unlawful spying operation, where we could find ourselves, going forward!

    Enjoyed your news article, “U.S. extra tough on whistlelblowers”, The Miami Herald, July 8/2013. It was right on target and I reach your same conclusion.

    Wish you good health and continued success.

    Vincent T. Rodriguez
    Miami, Fla.

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