Donna Halper

Associate Professor

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Donna is a nationally known media historian, author of five books and many articles and essays. She's spent more than 35 years in broadcasting and print journalism, and has often been called upon to comment on trends in media.

She has made guest appearances on PBS, NPR, the History Channel, and local stations like WCVB-TV (channel 5), WBUR, and WBZ Radio, and is often quoted in the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. While in radio, she discovered the rock group RUSH, who dedicated two albums to her, and she appears in a 2010 documentary about them.

She holds a BA, MA, and MEd from Northeastern University as well as a PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


  • “Keeping Up With the Red Sox:  Getting the News in 1912” (essay for SABR History of Boston Red Sox)
  • “Boston Radio 1920-2011” (Arcadia Press)
  • “Icons of Talk:  The Media Mouths That Changed America” (Greenwood Press)