Caryl Rivers

Professor of Journalism

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AB, Trinity College
MS, Columbia University

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BU journalism professor Caryl Rivers was the 2007 winner of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a nationally known author, journalist, columnist, media critic and professor of journalism at Boston University, and has been reporting about—and commenting on—American life and politics for four decades. As a Washington… Read more

BU journalism professor Caryl Rivers was the 2007 winner of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a nationally known author, journalist, columnist, media critic and professor of journalism at Boston University, and has been reporting about—and commenting on—American life and politics for four decades. As a Washington newspaper correspondent, she cut her journalistic teeth on the civil rights movement and the Kennedy presidency. Later, she wrote on the Vietnam debate, the women’s movement, the rise of the political right, the battles over political correctness and the divides over race, class and gender that have often convulsed the nation for U.S. newspapers and magazines.

She blogs regularly on media and politics for the Huffington Post, she is a regular commentator for the award winning website Women’s e news and her op-eds have appeared in many national publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. Her latest book (of the 14 she has written) is Selling Anxiety: How the News Media Scare Women. Teaming up with Brandeis Senior Scholar Dr. Rosalind Barnett, she has co-authored a series of award-winning books on the behavioral sciences that debunk myths about women, men and society.

Her best-selling novels, published around the world, spring from her experiences as a journalist. The Chicago Tribune says, “Few writers are as funny and none funnier, yet she is capable of wrenching your heart and soul.” Her coming-of-age novel Virgins sold a million copies around the globe. Her books have been selections of the Literary Guild, Book of the Month, Doubleday Book Club and Troll Book Club.

 

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    • Healthy seniors embracing a new stage of life: work

      October 26, 2016

      STAT News Co-written by Caryl Rivers, College of Communication “Advances in medicine and efforts to prevent chronic diseases are lengthening the healthy life span of Americans…” View full article

    • How Are Our Longer Life Spans Changing How We Live?

      August 30, 2016

      WBUR Caryl Rivers, College of Communication If you’re between the ages of 65 and 80, congratulations! You’re in a new stage of adulthood… Listen to audio of expert Caryl Rivers here  

    • Could Roger Ailes’s expected departure reshape Fox News?

      July 20, 2016

      Christian Science Monitor Caryl Rivers, College of Communication Roger Ailes’s tenure leading Fox News channel appears to be drawing toward a close, following sexual harassment allegations against the channel’s chief executive… Expert quote: “The Murdoch boys are looking at the demographics and see it as skewing very old, very white, very male. I think they’re definitely […]

    • The seventy-year itch

      July 16, 2016

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Co-written by Caryl Rivers, College of Communication The late — and very funny — Joan Rivers once provided a unique commentary on old age and septuagenarian sex… View full article by expert Caryl Rivers

    • The Politics of Fear

      June 27, 2016

      Roll Call Caryl Rivers, College of Communication The mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando  two weeks ago has brought out political-anxiety rhetoric in force… Expert quote: “There’s always some kind of seed of truth you can pick on. The fear itself might not be legitimate, but its effect on people is legitimate.” View full […]

    • Men who mother

      June 18, 2015

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Co-written by Caryl Rivers, College of Communication Today, the images of men in the news media are disturbingly violent… View full article by expert Caryl Rivers

    • Same-Sex Marriage Fits In Fine With History

      May 25, 2015

      Women’s eNews By Caryl Rivers, College of Communication In oral argument before the Supreme Court over whether same-sex marriage should be legal across the nation, attorney John Bursch argued for the state of Michigan that the answer should be no. He claimed that marriage had existed for millennia to ensure that parents bonded with their […]

    • Deflategate Gives Tom Brady’s Reputation The Sheen Of Boston’s Seedier Side

      May 8, 2015

      WGBH News Caryl Rivers, College of Communication The news of the NFL report on the Patriots’ Deflategate,­ along with Tom Brady’s written defense has reverberated outside of New England into national headlines… Expert quote: “Tom Brady is the golden boy to top all golden boys. He’s handsome, he’s a good teammate, he’s married to a supermodel,” […]

    • One Big Thing to Remember About Candidate Hillary

      April 17, 2015

      Women’s eNews By Caryl Rivers, College of Communication How does Hillary Clinton–who announced this week she’s running for president– get around the charge that she’s old news?… View full article by expert Caryl Rivers

    • Why ’50 Shades of Grey’ Is Turnoff for Real Women

      February 20, 2015

      Women’s eNews By Caryl Rivers, College of Communication The first Valentine I got as a kid featured a huge red heart, a cute little white kitten and the words “Be My Valentine.” What a long way from “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the violent soft core porn flick producers saw fit to release on Valentine’s Day… View full article […]

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