Danny Schechter is a journalist, author, television producer and an independent filmmaker who also writes and speaks about economic and media issues. He is the Co-Founder of Globalvision Inc. and Editor-In-Chief of the newly re-launched MediaChannel.org. His latest book is Madiba A to Z: the many faces of Nelson Mandela (Madibabook.com.)
Schechter graduated in 1964 from Cornell University, where he wrote for the Cornell Daily Sun and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He later received a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and an honorary doctorate from Fitchburg State University. He was a Neiman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where he taught in 1969, and an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
Schechter was a civil rights worker and the communications director of the Northern Student Movement, and served as a "community organizer" in a War on Poverty program. Schechter also worked as an assistant to the Mayor of Detroit in 1966.
His media career began at Boston radio station WBCN where he was styled the "News Dissector." Later, Schechter was a producer for the ABC newsmagazine 20/20, responsible for 50 segments of the program; he won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for two others for this work.
Schechter joined the start-up staff at CNN as a producer. After that he branched out on his own. He helped found and served as the executive producer of Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company. Schechter created and executive-produced the series South Africa Now and co-produced Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television. From 1999-2010, Schechter was also the executive editor and "blogger-in-chief" at the now-defunct MediaChannel.org, for which he wrote a nearly-3000-word daily blog on media and society.