Location: Shorewood Village Center
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Dr. Jack Mitchell will explore the future of public radio as mass media fragments into personal media. In today's
digital world, traditional radio is taking a secondary role to digital broadcasting, streaming radio stations, and
podcasts. As these forms of mass communications continue to grow in popularity, Dr. Mitchell will also touch on the
struggle for public radio to remain public, serving the community at large rather than individual tastes and interests.
ABOUT JACK MITCHELL:
Jack W. Mitchell joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Journalism & Mass Communication faculty in January 1998 after a 30-year career in public radio. He is author of Listener Supported: The Culture and History of Public Radio in addition to numerous articles and chapters about public broadcasting. He moved to emeritus status in December 2009, but continues to teach courses, and to serve on the boards of the Wisconsin Center for Journalism Ethics and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
As Director of Wisconsin Public Radio for 21 years, Mitchell led the most extensive and successful state or university public radio system in the country. He initiated the transition from the Wisconsin Educational Radio Network into Wisconsin Public Radio, which serves a statewide audience with two networks.
On a national level, Mitchell was the first employee of National Public Radio. While at NPR, he was instrumental in developing the groundbreaking news magazine All Things Considered. During his years as the program’s first producer and executive producer, ATC won both the Peabody Award and the DuPont Award.
Mitchell received the two highest honors in public radio, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Edward Elson National Public Radio Distinguished Service Award.
His undergraduate and master’s degrees are from the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
With great honor the Shorewood Public Library and the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library welcome Dr. Jack Mitchell to our first SHED Talk series.