Richard Weiner is an author, lecturer and public relations consultant. His 23 books include "Webster's New World Dictionary of Media and Communications" (Library Journal Reference Book of the Year) and "Professional's Guide to Public Relations Services" (six editions). He currently is writing a book about gossip.

At Fordham University, he taught the nation's first public relations course for graduate business students. His public relations firm, Richard Weiner, Inc., was renowned for product publicity and promotion, including the launch of the Cabbage Patch Kids. His awards include a Gold Anvil for lifetime achievement from the Public Relations Society of America, the highest honor to an individual in the PR field. His bylined articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Writer's Digest and other publications. William Safire, in the Times Magazine, called him "the media maven."