Alan Schroeder is a professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, where he teaches primarily in the area of visual journalism. Schroeder is the author of several books: Presidential Debates: 50 Years of High-Risk TV (Columbia University Press, 2008) as well as a previous edition, Presidential Debates: 40 Years of High-Risk TV (Columbia University Press, 2000); Celebrity-in-Chief: How Show Business Took Over the White House (Westview Press, 2004); and a textbook, Writing and Producing Television News: From Newsroom to Air (Oxford University Press, 2008).
Schroeder has written about a variety of media-related topics for such outlets as the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Politico, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and the Guardian. His work has also been published in the academic journals Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics and Creative Screenwriting. A frequent press commentator, Schroeder has been quoted as an expert source by The Economist, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. His TV and radio interviews include ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Sky News (U.K.), Canadian Broadcasting Company, Australian Broadcasting Company, and numerous programs on National Public Radio, including Fresh Air and All Things Considered.
Schroeder’s work in media and politics extends internationally. He has lectured about the global phenomenon of televised debates in Spain, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Colombia, and Peru, and has testified before the British Parliament about debate structure and sponsorship. He has also trained television reporters and producers in the South Pacific and addressed journalists from China, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and various countries in Latin America. In 2012, he was named among “The Best 300 Professors” by The Princeton Review.
Schroeder’s pre-academic career included stints as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner for his work as a producer at Boston’s WBZ-TV. He was also the associate producer and presenter of an internationally televised travel documentary entitled America with the Top Down about a road trip through the central United States that began at the Canadian border and ended at the Mexican border. A native of Kansas, Schroeder lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.