Robert Waterman McChesney, PhD (born 1952) is an American professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign as the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication. He specializes in the history and political economy of communication, and the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. He is the co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization. From 2002–2012 McChesney hosted the “Media Matters” weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on WILL-AM radio.
McChesney was born December 22, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents were Samuel Parker McChesney, an advertising salesman for This Week Magazine, and Edna Margaret "Meg" McChesney (née McCorkle), a nurse. He attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he studied history and political economy. He is a friend of John Bellamy Foster. After college, he worked as a sports stringer for United Press International (UPI), published a weekly newspaper, and in 1979 was the founding publisher of The Rocket, a Seattle-based rock magazine which chronicled the birth of the Seattle rock scene of the late 1980s and 1990s...
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