Photo courtesy of John Gomperts

Photo courtesy of John Gomperts

About Tom Rosenstiel

Tom Rosenstiel is a long-time observer of the Washington political and media scene and one of the most recognized thinkers on journalism and media in the world. The executive director of the American Press Institute, he was press critic for the Los Angeles Times and MSNBC, covered Congress for Newsweek and was founder and for 16 years director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. With Bill Kovach, he also founded the Committee of Concerned Journalists.

He is the author of seven books of non-fiction, including with Kovach THE ELEMENTS OF JOURNALISM, now in 25 languages worldwide. He will publish his first novel, SHINING CITY, with Ecco Books in 2017.  

He began his career at the Country Almanac in his hometown of Woodside California, worked for Jack Anderson's Washington Merry Go Round, and the Peninsula Times Tribune. He was pulled into journalism at Ravenswood High School, a 1970s experiment in desegregation, to work for the school paper, Habari Gani.