Jennifer L. Pozner

Jennifer L. Pozner is media critic, lecturer and founder and executive director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a women’s media analysis, education and advocacy organization. Dedicated to increasing the presence and power of women in the public debate, some of WIMN’s programs include media trainings for women’s and women-led social justice groups, advocacy for media justice and institutional change, and the POWER (Perspectives Of Women Expand Reporting) Sources Project, which connects journalists and media producers with a dynamic and diverse national network of women experts. As WIMN’s E.D., she created and manages WIMN’s Voices a media analysis group blog through which dozens of leading women journalists, media critics and activists analyze media coverage of women in relation to a wide variety of cultural, political and international news beats.

Formerly, she directed the Women's Desk for the national media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) and was contributing media editor for the dearly-departed newspaper Sojourner: The Women’s Forum.

A regular on the college lecture circuit, Pozner conducts multimedia presentations on topics such as “Bachelor Babes, Bridezillas & Husband-Hunting Harems: Decoding Reality TV’s Twisted Fairy Tales,” “Condoleezza Rice is a Size Six, and Other Useless Things I Learned from the News: Challenging Media (Mis)Representations of Women,” and “Race, Class, Gender & Katrina: The Human Impact of Disasterous Media Coverage.” (See http://www.wimnonline.org/analysis/lectures.html for information on bringing her to your campus or community group.)

Pozner’s work has appeared in outlets such as Ms., Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, AlterNet.org, WomensEnews.org, among others, and a variety of anthologies about women, media, politics and popular culture. She has appeared as a commentator on ABC News Now’s “Top Priority,” MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country,” Comedy Central’s “Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” the Oxygen Network, Free Speech TV, Pacifica Radio and numerous radio and documentary projects. And — because she’s a sucker for punishment — she has gone head to head with Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News Network “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Her alter-ego, “Mya Cash” of the Billionaires for More Media Mergers, has been known to crash press conferences to remind reporters and broadcasters that “The nightly news is brought to you by MYa cash… not yours!”

In 2006, Pozner was selected as a member of Girls in Government’s “The Real Hot 100,” which – in response to Maxim magazine’s annual babes-in-bikinis list – redefined what it means to be “hot” by honoring young women leaders who are breaking barriers, fighting stereotypes, and making a difference in their communities or the nation.

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