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Speakers

Prof. Mickey Huff, Director

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Mickey Huff is the director of Project Censored and is on the board of directors for the Media Freedom Foundation.  He is currently professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College (DVC) in the San Francisco Bay area, where he is co-chair of the history department.  Huff is co-host with former Project Censored director Dr. Peter Phillips of the Project Censored Show.  The program airs weekly as part of The Morning Mix on Pacifica’s KPFA Free Speech Radio in Berkeley, CA, and rebroadcasts on several stations including NoLiesRadio.org and the Progressive Radio Network out of New York City.  He is also on the steering committee of Banned Books Week working with members of the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, and the National Coalition Against Censorship, among others, as Project Censored is a co-sponsor of the events this year.

Huff has been interviewed by affiliates of NPR, PBS, ABC, Pacifica, The New York Times Co., Russia Today (RT TV), Progressive Radio Network, Republic Broadcasting, and many other commercial and independent news media outlets. He has been a lecturer at numerous colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, including in sociology at Sonoma State University. Huff speaks regularly at venues in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the US on issues of censorship, propaganda, media literacy, and historiography.

Huff’s work has appeared in numerous academic journals and books (published by Praeger, Palgrave Macmillan, Emerald) and has been published by many online news and commentary sites from the far left to the libertarian right including Global Research, Truthout, Buzzflash, Dissident Voice, Lew Rockwell, The Daily Bell, Information Clearinghouse, and The Daily Censored, among others.  He testified as an expert at the Kent State Truth Tribunal in New York City in 2010 and has been an outspoken advocate for addressing historical inaccuracies in the Kent State shootings of 1970 as well as many other events in the recent past.  He has been a co-editor, editor, and/or contributor to the award-winning Censored annual book series from 2008 to the present, all published by Seven Stories Press in New York City.

Before becoming the current director of Project Censored, Huff was the associate director of Project Censored, where the Project was honored with a PEN literary award during this period.  He was also previously co-director of the alternative public opinion polling group Retropoll.  Huff teaches courses in the social sciences and US history with an emphasis on the recent past.  His special areas of focus include “Money, Power, and Politics” and “Critical Reasoning in History.”  His critical thinking courses have addressed “History in the Making:  Contemporary Historiography, Mass Media, and the Rough Draft of History.  The subtopic for the course is “America, 9/11, and the War on Terror:  Case Studies in Media Myth-Making and the Propaganda of Historical Construction.”

Huff is a member of numerous academic, professional, and community based organizations.  He is also a musician and composer of over twenty-five years.  He lives with his family in northern California.

 

Peter Phillips, Ph.D., President

Peter Phillips 300x270 SpeakersProfessor Sociology Sonoma State University since 1994.

President: Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored 2001 to present.

Director of Project Censored: 1997 to 2010

Author/Editor of Seventeen Books including: Fourteen Censored yearbooks 1997 to 2011.

Co-editor: Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney: 2006.

Author of dozens of academic published articles and hundreds of written pieces on  socio-political issues in popular press and blogs.

Topics of recent talks: New American Censorship,  Manage News inside the US NATO Military Industrial Media Empire, and Truth Emergency and World News

Co-host of the weekly Project Censored Show on KPFA Pacifica radio 2010-Present

Public speaker and academic lecturer to hundreds of community groups, academic institutions, conventions, and activist organizations since 1994.

Co-provider and egg-collector to thirty Bantam and Rhode Island Red hens and roosters.

 

Andy Lee Roth, Ph.D., Associate Director

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Andy Lee Roth is associate director of Project Censored.  He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at Haverford College.

In addition to co-editing the 2014, 2013, 2009 and 2008 editions of Censored, he has published research on communities organizing for urban parklands (in the journal City & Community), journalists’ questioning of electoral candidates (Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics), public commentary on federal tobacco control legislation (Social Studies of Science), and social interaction in broadcast news interviews (Language in Society and Media, Culture & Society).

His current work focuses on the importance of a free press for democratic self-government and the ways that corporate news media narrow the scope of legitimate public debate.  His most recent publications include “Iceland, the Power of Peaceful Revolution, and the Commons” in Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times and “Framing Al-Awlaki: How Government Officials and Corporate Media Legitimized a Targeted Killing,” which appeared in Censored 2013: Dispatches from the Media Revolution.

He teaches sociology at Sonoma State University and the College of Marin.

 

Abby Martin, Media Freedom Board, MediaRoots founder

securedownload 188x300 SpeakersAbby Martin is a studio anchor and correspondent in RT’s Washington, DC bureau.

Before coming to RT, Abby was involved in the creation of multiple new
media projects. She is a self taught editor, videographer, writer,
journalist and artist.  In 2009, she founded her own citizen
journalism media organization called Media Roots based in Oakland, CA.
There, she editorially managed and produced hundreds of multimedia
stories, including front line coverage of the Occupy Oakland
crackdowns.

Abby is also the youngest member on the board of Project Censored, the
oldest research organization in the country, that works to publish
the top 25 censored news stories every year.  While based in the Bay
Area, she hosted a weekly radio show with Project Censored on KPFA, a
Pacifica affiliate FM radio station.

Abby received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San
Diego State University with a minor in Spanish.  Throughout her
education, she lived in Spain and Costa Rica to pursue her Spanish
studies.

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