Tom Rosenstiel is the Executive Director at the American Press Institute. Tom is an author, journalist, researcher and media critic. Before taking the helm of the American Press Institute in January 2013, he was the founder and director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a research institute funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts that studies the revolution in news and information that was for nine years part of Columbia University and is now a project for the Pew Research Center. A journalist for more than 30 years, he worked as media critic for the Los Angeles Times and chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek magazine. He also co-founded and directed the Committee of Concerned Journalists, an initiative engaged in conducting a national conversation among journalists about standards and values. Rosenstiel is the author or co-author of six books. His newest, with Bill Kovach, is Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload (Bloomsbury 2010). Among his other books, he is the author with Kovach of The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect (Crown 2001), winner of the 2002 Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University, the Society of Professional Journalist Sigma Delta Chi award for research in journalism and the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism from Penn State. “Elements” has been described as the “The most important book on the relationship of journalism and democracy published in the last fifty years,” (Roy Peter Clark of the Poynter Institute), one of the five “essential books” on Journalism (Roger Mudd in the Wall Street Journal), and a “modern classic” by William Safire in the New York Times. Rosenstiel and Kovach are also authors together of Warp Speed: America in The Age of Mixed Media (Century Foundation 1999), which also won the SDX Award for research in journalism. His newest book, We Interrupt This Newscast: How to Improve TV News and Win Ratings, Too. (Cambridge University Press) was published in Spring 2007. Rosenstiel is also the author of Strange Bedfellows: How Television and the Presidential Candidates Changed American Politics 1992, (Hyperion 1993). He is co-editor of Thinking Clearly: Cases in Journalistic Decision Making (Columbia University Press 2003). His has also written for such publications as Esquire, The New Republic, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post and The Washington Monthly.