STAFF

President & Editor in Chief
S. Robert Lichter holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota. He also serves currently as Professor of Communication at George Mason University and President of the Center for Media and Public Affairs. Dr Lichter has also served on the faculties of Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities.

His most recent books include “The Mediated Presidency” (2005), "The Nightly News Nightmare" (2010); "It Ain't Necessarily So: How Media Remake the Scientific Picture of Reality" (2001); "Peepshow: Media and Politics in an Age of Scandal" (2000); and "Environmental Cancer: A Political Disease?" (1999).

His research has also appeared in such scientific journals as Nature, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the New England Journal of Medicine; and in many general media outlets, including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Christian Science Monitor.

Among his awards are Harvard's Goldsmith Award for Research Excellence and the Solimene Award for Excellence from the New England Medical Writers' Association. Dr. Lichter has been a member of the American Statistics Association and a statistical advisor to Voter News Service. He has testified before Congress on media coverage of scientific issues.

Executive Director
Donald Rieck (rieckd@cmpa.com) graduated from Dickinson College and Dickinson College Center for European Studies, Bologna Italy with a B.A. in Political Science. He received a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Business Administration, both from Temple University.  He completed an accelerated international business program for his MBA in Tokyo, Japan. His expertise lies in strategic management and economic analysis. 

Prior to joining CMPA/STATS, Rieck was a senior project manager at Comcast Corporation in Philadelphia for several years. 

Director of Research
Rebecca Goldin holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mathematics, and a B.A., cum laude from Harvard University. Dr. Goldin did postdoctoral work at University of Maryland with a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship before she joined George Mason University, where she is currently an associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She has published numerous research articles in internationally recognized mathematics journals, and regularly speaks at conferences across North America, Europe and Asia. She is the recipient of several grants from the National Science Foundation to support her research in mathematics and education. In 2007 she received the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize from the Associaton of Women in Mathematics and spent the fall semester of 2007 at Cornell University. In 2008, Dr. Goldin was a George Mason's Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Awardee, in recognition of excellence in academic achievement.

In 2008, Dr. Goldin joined the advisory board of Math for America: DC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving math education in secondary public schools in the U.S. She currently serves on the Association for Women in Mathematics Policy and Advocacy Committee, and several Mathematical Association of America and American Mathematical Society committees.

Dr. Goldin is a 2012 Nifty Fifty speaker at the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival; she also coaches a Mathcounts team in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dr. Goldin joined STATS as the Director of Research in September, 2004. Her work for STATS has been published in the Washington Post and she has appeared on NBC, CBS, CNN and NPR. She has run workshops for journalists and students alike, and has given talks about her work at STATS across the country.

Senior Fellow
Maia Szalavitz is a journalist who covers health, science and public policy. Her most recent book, co-written with leading child trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, is The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing (Basic, 2007). She is also co-author, with Dr. Joseph Volpicelli, M.D., Ph.D. of the University of Pennsylvania, of Recovery Options: The Complete Guide: How You and Your Loved Ones Can Understand and Treat Alcohol and Other Drug Problems (John S. Wiley, 2000). Her book "Help at Any Cost," an investigation into boot camps and tough love programs, was published by Riverhead Books in February 2006, and helped spur Congressional hearings and a Government Accounting Office investigation into deaths and abuses at such programs

She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, New York Magazine, New Scientist, Newsweek, Elle, Salon, Redbook and other major publications. She has also worked in television - first as Associate Producer and then Segment Producer for PBS' Charlie Rose then on several documentaries including a Barbara Walters' AIDS special for ABC and as Series Researcher and Associate Producer for the PBS documentary series, "Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home." She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and to 60 Second Science, the blog of Scientific American.

Senior Fellow
Dr. Stephen Rose holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a doctoral degree in economics from The City University of New York. He is the principal at Rose Economic Consulting and is writing a book on changing social conditions (Mythonomics: Ten Things That You Think That You Know About The Economy That Are Wrong). Previously, Rose served in a number of research and policy positions at The Third Way: A Strategy Center for Progressives, the Department of Labor, National Commission for Employment Policy, Joint Economic Committee, ORC Macro, and the Educational Testing Service.

Dr. Rose has published a series of monographs and articles on the changing state of the middle class, the nature of the new service economy, the effects of international trade on the American economy, earnings and income mobility, the economic gender gap, and the determinants of who attends highly-selective universities. He has written opinion pieces or been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and other mass media outlets. The sixth edition of his Social Stratification in the United States was published by The New Press in 2007.

Senior Fellow
Jon Entine has been a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute since 2003, focusing on science and public policy. He has written or edited seven books, most recently Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution, as well as three genetics books, Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People; Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It and Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture. Jon’s genetics research has been featured in Scientific American, Nature Genetics, Human Biology and numerous other publications. He is a member of the Carrier Screening Task Force, a project of the federal government and the American College of Medical Genetics.

Jon consults for NGOs and corporations on environmental and science challenges through ESG MediaMetrics, which he founded. He is a columnist for the British-based magazine Ethical Corporation and writes for and has been featured in hundreds of publications, TV and radio programs, including ABC’s 20/20 and World News Tonight, NPR, CNN, HBO, CSPAN, FOX, MSNBC, Discovery Planet, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, Salon and GQ, and on dozens of international news outlets, including BBC, CBC, Financial Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, Australian Business Review, Guardian (UK), The Observer, The Telegraph, Mail on Sunday,  The Independent and The Sunday Times (UK).

Contributing Editor
Geoffrey Kabat, Ph.D.is an epidemiologist with an interest in lifestyle and environmental exposures that play a role in the development of chronic diseases. Dr. Kabat is particularly interested in perceptions of risk and how these square with what the science tells us. His book "Hyping Health Risks" deals with these issues. Dr. Kabat is in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and is a Contributing Editor at STATS (Statistical Assessment Service) at George Mason University.

Editor at Large
Trevor Butterworth writes "The Information Society" column for The Daily, a weekly look at the way information is produced, consumed, and abused in the so-called "knowledge economy." He is a regular contributor to Forbes, The Financial Times and Wall Street Journal, and also contributes to The Atlantic Online and The Daily Beast. He has appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, AOL News, and on NBC Nightly News, NPR and the BBC, among other publications and outlets. He is editor-at-large for STATS.org, having been editor of the site from 2003 to 2010.

Butterworth received his BA (hons) and M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin, attended Georgetown University on a graduate scholarship, and received an MS from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he also received the school's Sevellon Brown Award for outstanding knowledge of the history of American press.

Contributing Editor
Dr. Nirit Weiss received a B.A. from Harvard University, and an M.D. from Yale Medical School. She obtained an M.B.A., and completed her residency training in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.  She is a neurosurgeon practicing in New York City. Dr. Weiss has published numerous scientific articles in academic journals, and has written extensively about healthcare economics. 

Board of Directors

Truman Anderson
Chairman of the Board
Executive Director, Stuart Family Foundation

Nell Minow
Treasurer & Secretary of the Board
Editor, the Corporatelibrary.com

David Gergen
Board Member
Professor of Public Service
Harvard University
John F. Kennedy School of Government

Danielle Struppa
Board Member
Chancellor Chapman University

Paul Mongerson
Board Member
CEO, Stanadyne (Ret.)
President and Director, CAMDAT Foundation

Dodie McCracken
Board Member
Chief Executive Officer
Arcadian Partners        

Newton Minow
Board Member Emeritus
Former Chairman
Federal Communications Commission

Heather C. Dahl
Board Member
Director, Analyst Relations
Neustar, Inc.

Advisory Board

Thomas C. Childers
Professor of History
University of Pennsylvania

Wolfgang Donsbach
President
World Association of Opinion Research

Nicholas Eberstadt
Fellow
Center for Population Studies, Harvard University

Neil Gilbert
Professor of Social Welfare
University of California Berkeley

Scott O. Lilienfeld
Professor of Psychology
Emory University

Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann
President, Allensbach Institut fur Demoskopie

Nelson Polsby
Director, Institute of Government Studies
University of California Berkeley

Harrison Pope
Director, Biological Psychiatry Laboratory
Harvard Medical School

Stephen Strauss
Toronto Globe and Mail

Humphrey Taylor
CEO & President
Louis Harris and Associates

James Q. Wilson
Professor of Political Science