Truth Matters: Media in the Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts

About the Panelists

Marty Kaplan (moderator) holds the Norman Lear Chair in Entertainment, Media, and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and is an award-winning columnist for the Jewish Journal. In the Jimmy Carter administration, he was chief speechwriter to Vice President Walter F. Mondale, and he was deputy campaign manager of Mondale’s 1984 presidential race.



Award-winning correspondent and commentator Judy Muller covered the Rodney King and O.J. Simpson trials for ABC and is a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition. A professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, she wrote about her experiences as a journalist in the book Now This—Radio, Television, and the Real World.



Steven J. Ross is a professor of history at USC and director of the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. He is the author of Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America and Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics. Ross’s latest book, Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America, will be published this fall.



Diane Winston holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and is the publisher of Religion Dispatches, an award-winning online magazine of religion, politics, and culture. She edited The Oxford Handbook on Religion and the American News Media, and is currently working on A Shining City: Religion, News, and Reagan’s America and Un/Real Religion: Religion and Reality Genres, among other projects.