Category: Elizabeth Mehren

As Sasha and Malia Obama become young women, a father laments time slipping by

December 30th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Elizabeth Mehren, Newsmakers, Politics, Washington Post 0 comments

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Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication

When they vacationed here just before President Obama’s first inauguration, Malia and Sasha were little girls doting on their dad — holding his hand on the beach, taking in a dolphin show and nuzzling up to him at the shave-ice shop…

Expert quote:

“The president’s image needs more help than ‘Father Knows Best’ can give him. The public has other things on its mind now, not the Obama girls’ growth chart.”

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Marty Walsh’s Childhood Cancer: Curable Here, Not So Easy In Africa

November 12th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Elizabeth Mehren, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, WBUR 0 comments

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By Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication

Just about everyone in town knows by now that Marty Walsh is the son of Irish immigrants, a former labor organizer, a recovering alcoholic and a man who is happily unmarried to “the love of my life.”

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Parents overly involved in college students’ lives

November 9th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, College of Communication, Donna Pincus, Elizabeth Mehren, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Elizabeth Merhen, College of Communication

At Boston University, one father was so upset over his daughter’s A-minus final grade that he called the professor to complain, and then the department chair, and then the academic dean…

Expert quotes:

Pincus:

“Sometimes, kids need to feel the snow. It brings on such a feeling of confidence in yourself if you know how to navigate your way though life.”

Mehren:

“We have a pretty strict policy whereby we are not allowed to talk to parents about our students. It’s certainly clear that our relationship is with the students.”

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Michelle Obama comes on strong, but what’s next?

March 11th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Elizabeth Mehren, Newsmakers, USA Today 0 comments

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Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication

She’s already danced on TV with Jimmy Fallon…

Expert quote:

“In real-life America, this woman is genuinely admired and, in an odd way, genuinely liked, even if people don’t know her — she’s not just a remote figure from afar. There is a likability factor — the sense that if you sat down and had coffee with her, you’d like her.”

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Michelle Obama’s Oscar presentation raises questions about the role of a first lady

February 26th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Elizabeth Mehren, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication

Is this what Michelle Obama looks like untethered to the pressure of a campaign?…

Expert quote:

“She had to repackage herself as not being the angry Harvard law graduate. She had to become Betty Crocker. But now she occupies a pedestal of her own.”

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Michelle Obama’s convention task: Reach out to women without seeming too partisan

September 4th, 2012 in 2012, College of Communication, Elizabeth Mehren, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Elizabeth Merhen, College of Communication

Michelle Obama comes to the 2012 Democratic National Convention with a delicate task:…

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Paying tribute to the reporting that exposed priest sex abuse

January 25th, 2012 in 2012, College of Communication, Elizabeth Mehren, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger 0 comments

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Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication

Jan. 25, is not a particularly remarkable day for most journalists, except among the top editors of America’s newspapers and news websites…

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