Donna Halper

Associate Professor

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Donna L. Halper is a former deejay, music director, and radio consultant, who spent more than three decades in broadcasting before reinventing herself as a professor.  She came to Lesley in 2008 to develop and teach courses related to the study of communication and media, including Media Analysis, Introduction to Communication, and Introduction to Journalism. A devotee of a school of thought called Media Ecology (which focuses on the media as environments), Donna’s teaching is informed by her knowledge of popular culture, media history, and media effects.  She is the author of six books and many articles, and she has been widely quoted by reporters seeking information about local and national media trends.  Her research interests include the study of representations of women and minorities in media; early baseball history; and unsung heroes and heroines in the history of broadcasting.  Donna is often a guest on local radio talk shows, and she has also been heard on a number of podcasts: her 2017 appearance on the Sound Off podcast became that program’s most downloaded episode of the year: https://www.soundoffpodcast.com/single-post/2017/10/03/Donna-Halper-Radio-Religion-and-Rush

In addition to teaching, Donna is the editor of the Lesley Public Post (Lesley’s student newspaper).  She is also a blogger, and a free-lance writer.  She has given many guest lectures at libraries, civic organizations, and other universities. And she is known for having discovered the classic rock band Rush, who dedicated two albums to her; she can be seen in the 2010 documentary “Beyond the Lighted Stage.”  Donna’s hobbies include reading, stamp collecting, and collecting rare memorabilia about media history.

Donna Halper holds a BA in English from Northeastern University, an M.Ed in Counseling and an MA in English from Northeastern University, and a PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Most Recent Publications

Books

Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting revised and expanded 2nd edition. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe (2014).  

Boston Radio 1920-2010.  Mt. Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Press (2011). 

Chapters

“Women in the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movements.” Women and Leadership: History, Theory and Case Studies. Great Barrington MA: Berkshire Press (2017).

“The Evolution of Women Leaders in the Film Industry.”  Women and Leadership: History, Theory and Case Studies. Great Barrington MA: Berkshire Press (2017).

“Steve Lyons.”  The 1986 Boston Red Sox, Phoenix, AZ:  SABR Books (2016).

“Writing About Base Ball in the 1870s.” The Boston Red Stockings 1870-1875. Phoenix, AZ: SABR Books (2016).

Articles:

“Preserving the Story of Greater Boston’s Pioneering Broadcast Stations 1XE and WGI.” AWA Review, volume 31, 2018, pp. 29-61.

“Broadcasting Red Sox Baseball: How the Arrival of Radio Affected the Team and the Fans.” Baseball Research Journal, volume 46, issue 2, Fall 2017.

“Father Michael J. Ahern: Boston’s First Radio Priest.” (Boston) The Pilot, September 1, 2017.

“Remembering Nell Dodson Russell: Reporter, Columnist, Truth-Teller.” Minneapolis Spokesman-Review, August 15, 2017.