John Stauber

In 1993, John Stauber founded the non-profit, non-partisan Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and its magazine, PR Watch, in Madison, Wisconsin.

He served sixteen years as the CMD's executive director until July 2009 when he stepped down and Lisa Graves took over the organization. He does not serve on the staff or board of CMD or its any of its projects, but he still submits articles occasionally.

Today, he is an independent investigative writer, activist and a consultant. His views and opinions are his own.

Stauber co-authored six books for CMD, including his 1995 tour de force Toxic Sludge Is Good For You! Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry and the 2003 New York Times bestseller Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq. His leadership on controversial public issues began in high school when he organized to stop the U.S. war in Vietnam and for the first Earth Day. He has begun or worked with many public interest and community groups over the past four decades.

The six books he co-authored for CMD are:

Stauber's articles, op-eds and interviews have appeared in scores of publications and websites. He has contributed research and writing to books by others including G.I. Guinea Pigs (1980) and Secrets and Lies (1999).

As an investigator and author he has been featured, interviewed or quoted by the PBS News Hour, Washington Post, New York Times, Der Spiegel, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Business Week, NPR's On The Media, CNN, NPR's On Point, Democracy Now and other news media.

Watch online a 2004 GNN.TV interview with John Stauber or a September 2006 interview about war propaganda, or a 2008 debate of Iraq war propaganda on the PBS NewsHour.

John Stauber


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