Media critc to speak in Middlebury about Fox News
MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, April 1, Gabe Sherman, a contributing editor at New York magazine and a 2001 graduate of Middlebury College, will speak at the college about his just published book on Fox News and Roger Ailes, the president of Fox New Channel and an advisor to Republican presidents.
Sherman’s new book is titled “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — and Divided a Country.”
Sherman’s visit to Middlebury College is part of the regular Meet the Press series hosted by Sue Halpern. The speech will be held at McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 216, at 4:30 p.m. The talk and discussion are free and open to the public. The title of the speech is: “Inside the Secret World of Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes — The Man Who Remade American Politics.”
In his dozen years as a media reporter, Sherman has written many noteworthy stories:
•A 2011 New York cover story “The Elephant in the Green Room,” about Ailes’s role in shaping the 2012 Republican presidential primary, was a finalist for the Mirror Award for “Best Single Article.”
•A 2010 New York cover story “Chasing Fox,” about the travails at CNN and MSNBC, won the Mirror Award in that category.
•In 2008, his New York cover story “Testing Horace Mann,” chronicled a Facebook scandal at the prestigious New York City prep school, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award.
•At the New Republic, Sherman’s 2010 cover story, “Post Apocalypse,” chronicled the rise and fall of the Washington Post as the legendary paper struggled to adapt to a new media landscape.
•In December 2008, he wrote a series of investigative articles that uncovered that Holocaust survivor Herman Rosenblat’s Oprah-hyped memoir was a hoax.
•His February 2008 article revealed the internal newsroom debate at The New York Times over the paper’s decision to publish a controversial article that alleged that 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain had had an affair with telecommunications lobbyist Vicki Iseman.
Previously, Sherman was the media reporter at the New York Observer, where he reported on The New York Times, including the paper’s flawed coverage of Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction and the decision to delay publishing its National Security Agency wiretapping exclusive for more than a year. He reported on Judith Miller’s standoff with Times editors and reporters, and ultimately sat down for Miller’s first interview on the eve of her resignation from the paper. From 2006-2007, Sherman was a staff writer at Conde Nast Portfolio.
He has served as a guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC World News and National Public Radio, and his journalism has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, Slate, GQ, the Atlantic, Wired, Outside Magazine and National Geographic Adventure, among other publications.
A competitive runner, he has run six marathons and finished the 2003 New York City Marathon in 2:56:29. He has also run up the stairs of the Empire State Building in 13:26.
Born in Newton, Mass., Sherman grew up outside Washington, D.C., and later in Westport, Conn. He attended Middlebury College, and currently lives in New York City with his wife, Jennifer Stahl.
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