Danny Schechter

Danny Schechter
Danny Schechter during a radio-interview, June 2007, Ilmenau, Germany.

Danny Schechteris a television producer, independent filmmaker, blogger, and media critic who writes and lectures frequently about the media in the United States and worldwide. He specializes in investigative journalism and producing programming about the interfaces among human rights, journalism, popular music and society. In all, Schechter has reported from 49 countries. He was the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2001 Award for Excellence in Documentary Journalism.



Schechter graduated in 1964 from Cornell University, where he wrote for the Cornell Daily Sun and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He later received a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and an honorary doctorate from Fitchburg State University. He was a Neiman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where he taught in 1969, and an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at [[Columbia University].

Schechter was a civil rights worker and the communications director of the Northern Student Movement, and served as a "community organizer" in a War on Poverty program. Schechter also worked as an assistant to the Mayor of Detroit in 1966.

Schechter has lengthy experience in the major U.S. corporate media. His career began as the "News Dissector" at Boston radio station WBCN. Later, Schechter was a producer for the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. He produced 50 segments for ABC and won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for two others for this work. Schechter joined the start-up staff at CNN as a producer in Atlanta. Schechter helped found and served as the executive producer of Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company. He founded and executive-produced the series South Africa Now and co-produced Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television. From 1999-2010, Schechter was also the executive editor and "blogger-in-chief" at the now-defunct MediaChannel.org, for which he wrote a nearly-3000-word daily blog on media and society.


Film and television

Schechter has produced and directed many television specials and documentary films, including:

  • Plunder: The Crime Of Our Time (2010)
  • In Debt We Trust (2006)
  • WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (2004)
  • Counting on Democracy, about the 2000 Florida election recount, narrated by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
  • We Are Family (2002), about a benefit recording of the Sister Sledge song following the September 11, 2001 attacks; shown at the Sundance Film Festival
  • "Nkosi: A Voice of Africa's AIDS Orphans" (2001), narrated by Danny Glover
  • "A Hero for All: Nelson Mandela's Farewell" (1999)
  • "Beyond Life: Timothy Leary Lives" (1997)
  • "Sowing Seeds/Reaping Peace: The World of Seeds of Peace" (1996)
  • "Prisoners of Hope: Reunion on Robben Island" (1995, co-directed by Barbara Kopple
  • "Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa" (1994), narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard
  • "Sarajevo Ground Zero" (1993)
  • "The Living Canvas" (1992), narrated by Billy Dee Williams
  • "Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy" (1992, co-directed by Marc Levin and Barbara Kopple
  • "Give Peace a Chance" (1991)
  • "Mandela in America" (1990)
  • "The Making of Sun City" (1987)
  • "Student Power" (1968)


Schechter has also published a number of books, including:

  • "Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception: How the Media Failed to Cover the Iraq War" (Prometheus Books, October 2003)
  • "Media Wars: News At A Time of Terror" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003)
  • "The More You Watch, The Less You Know" (Seven Stories Press)
  • "News Dissector: Passions, Pieces and Polemics" (Akashic Books and Electron Press).
  • "Falun Gong's Challenge to China: Spiritual Practice or 'Evil Cult'?"
  • Investigating Our Economic Calamity and the Subprime Scandal. USA: New York (Cosimobooks, 2008). ISBN 978-1-60520-351-5
  • "The Death of Media (and the Fight to Save Democracy)" (Melville House Publishing, 2005). ISBN 978-0-976658-36-8

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