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Elizabeth Mehren, journalism professor, discusses her experience with teaching. She describes the growing demand for information by the public, and she details her previous work as a journalist with major publications such as the Los Angeles Times.

Elizabeth Mehren

Elizabeth MehrenProfessor, Journalism

As a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Elizabeth Mehren wrote news, feature and magazine stories about events ranging from presidential politics to the Roman Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal to the Olympic Games and the Academy Awards.

Mehren worked for the paper in California, covering state and regional news. As a member of the paper’s Washington bureau, she wrote about politics and the White House. In New York, she pioneered the paper’s publishing beat and also produced feature and hard-news stories. For 15 years she served as New England bureau chief, reporting from a six-state region. Mehren previously served as a reporter and news editor at the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune and the Hayward (California) Daily Review. She has written for many national magazines. Mehren is the author of After the Darkest Hour (Simon & Schuster) and Born Too Soon (Doubleday/Kensington Books), which was made into a television movie. She is the co-author of Overcoming Infertility. Professor Mehren also has had extensive experience in radio and television, appearing on The Today Show, Fox News, CNN and elsewhere. She has won several national awards and was a fellow at the University of Maryland’s Casey Journalism Center, as well as a visiting scholar at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism.


BA, University of California, Berkeley
MJ, University of California, Berkeley


Email: emehren@bu.edu
Office: 220B