Donna Halper

Quincy, MA USA

Professional Experience

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.


25 Years
25 Years
25 Years


30 Years
Other, Specify
30 Years
Women's Issues
25 Years


Academia Teaching
30 Years
Broadcasting - News - Radio (Local)
35 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

40 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Boston Radio Archives (10+), M.E. Sharpe Publishers (1-2), Arcadia Press (1-2), ABC-CLIO (1-2), Quincy (MA) Patriot-Ledger (3-5), Greenwood Press (6-10), Radio World (6-10), Encyclopedia of Radio (3-5)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Cooks Illustrated (3-5), Bradford Exchange Historical Coins Project (6-10)

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.

Foreign Language Skills

can speak and read some French and Spanish




I have a laptop, and 2 computers at home, plus access to many excellent databases. Also can Skype, frequently use Twitter & Facebook. I also have my own blog.

Work Permits & Visas

US citizen


too many to list-- contact me, as I have references in radio, TV, print, fact-checking, and academia


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") (revised and expanded in 2014); and on my newest book, "Boston Radio 1920-2010."


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.