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  Donna Halper
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Experienced and accurate media historian, writer and researcher. Experienced and accurate fact-checker. Expertise in media history, pop culture, women's history, Jewish history, black history and social history. I can provide historical overview or context for news stories or scripts. 38+ years of broadcasting and print experience, author of 5 books and many articles, quoted in many newspapers, have been a guest "expert" on PBS/NewsHour, "Radio Boston," Voice of America, History Channel, NPR/Weekend, ABC Nightline, and many others. Have fact-checked for a number of companies, individual authors, and encyclopedias. Have written documentary scripts on a wide range of subjects for both radio and TV. Love to help debunk urban legends, or find interesting local stories of people who have been forgotten but don't deserve to be.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Fact-Checker 25 Years
Researcher 25 Years
Writer 25 Years
Specialty
Education 30 Years
Women's Issues 25 Years
media history, black history, effects of deregulation, trends in popular culture, etc. 30 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
40 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Boston Radio Archives (11+), Greenwood Press (6-10), Radio World (6-10), Encyclopedia of Radio (3-5), Arcadia Press (1-2), M.E. Sharpe Publishers (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Bradford Exchange Historical Coins Project (6-10), Cooks Illustrated (3-5)
Other Work History
Associate Professor of Communication, Lesley University, Cambridge MA
Radio and Management Consultant (self-employed). Write entries for various encyclopedias and fact check for individual authors and publishers.
Equipment
I have a laptop, and 2 computers at home, plus access to many excellent databases. Also can Skype, use Twitter, Facebook.
Foreign Language Skills
can speak and read some French and Spanish
Work Permits & Visas
US citizen
Unions
AFTRA, AAUP
References
too many to list-- contact me, as I have references in radio, TV, print, fact-checking, and academia
Awards
won several awards as an educator (including Instructor of the Year); good reviews on my 2001 book ("Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting") and on my newest book, "Boston Radio 1920-2010."
Associations
many museums of broadcasting and historical societies, since I do speaking engagements all over the eastern US. Also the advocate for an adult with autism, and have been a Big Sister.
Other
PhD in Communication, 2011. Author of 5 books and many articles about media, pop culture, politics, comparative religion, etc. Have helped documentarians, academics, and journalists with their research; trained numerous announcers and newspeople; been a guest media critic on talk shows, and if you like rock music, I discovered the rock group RUSH, who dedicated their first 2 albums to me and I am seen in a 2010 documentary about them. My article about the importance of fact-checking was the #5 most shared article for 2013 at the Skeptic Magazine website.

My website has further information: www.donnahalper.com
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I live near Boston, MA. I am willing to travel regionally. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.