Marty Kaplan


Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society and directs the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  In the Carter Administration he served as chief speechwriter to Vice President Walter F. Mondale.  As deputy campaign manager of Mondale’s presidential race, he ran speechwriting, issues and research.

He worked at Walt Disney Studios for 12 years, both as vice president of production for live-action feature films, and as a writer-producer whose credits include The Distinguished Gentleman, starring Eddie Murphy, a political comedy he wrote and executive produced.  He created and hosted So What Else Is News?, a nationally-syndicated Air America Radio program examining media, politics and pop culture.

He has been a blogger for The Huffington Post since its inception, and as a columnist for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles in 2013 he won First Place for Best Columnist from the LA Press Club.  For ten years he was associate dean of USC Annenberg, where he founded the Lear Center, whose mission is to study and shape the impact of media and entertainment on society.

He graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude in molecular biology, where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon. The recipient of a Marshall Scholarship from the British government, he received a Master’s in English with First Class Honours from Cambridge University, and as a Danforth Foundation Fellow, he received a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University.

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