Dr. Diane Winston holds
the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the USC Annenberg School for
Communication and Journalism, and teaches on the faculties of
Journalism, Communication and Religion. Her
current research interests include religion, politics and the news media
and also religion and the entertainment media. She is the publisher of
Religion Dispatches https://religiondispatches.org, an award-winning daily online magazine of religion, politics and culture.
Winston is currently working on several research projects, including three books: Making America Great: Religion, Reagan and the News Media; Un/Real Religion: Religion and Reality Genres, an edited collection; Lost and Found: Religion in Los Angeles, also an edited collection. Her other books include: The Oxford Handbook on Religion and the American News Media (Oxford University Press, 2012); Small Screen, Big Picture: Television and Lived Religion, editor, (Baylor University Press, 2009); Faith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Urban Commercial Culture, co-edited with John Giggie (Rutgers University Press, 2002); Red-Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army, (Harvard University Press, 1999).
A national correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows is
co-creator, with his wife Deborah, of the publication’s American
Futures project. Through that project in partnership with Marketplace,
the Fallowses travel the country reporting on the people, organizations,
and ideas re-shaping the country. They have just completed a book based
on their travels ready for publication in 2017.
James Fallows has written for The
Atlantic since the late 1970s, living and reporting in Seattle,
Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He is
currently based in Washington, DC. In addition to working for The
Atlantic, Fallows spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for
Jimmy Carter and two years as the editor of US News & World Report.
He has won the National Magazine Award and the American Book Award
among other recognitions, and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary
series “Doing Business in China.”
Founding chairman of the New America
Foundation and a frequent public-radio commentator, James Fallows has
written 11 other books, including
National Defense, Breaking the News, Blind Into Baghdad, and two books based from China, Postcards From Tomorrow Square and China Airborne.