David Zurawik

Assistant Professor of PracticeCommunications and Media Studies

In 2022, David Zurawik became a media analyst for CNN. For 32 years before that, he was TV/media critic at the Baltimore Sun. Before that, he was TV critic/columnist at the Dallas Times Herald and pop culture correspondent at the Detroit Free Press.

Zurawik, a regular guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” from 2005 to 2022, earned an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in specialized reporting (pop culture) and a Ph.D. in American Studies (pop culture and media studies) from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has taught at Goucher for 28 years.

In 2015 and again in 2017, he won the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Criticism. In 2017, he also won the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism from Penn State University’s Bellasario College of Communications. He is a five-time finalist in commentary for Syracuse University’s Mirror Awards.

Zurawik is the author of “The Jews of Prime Time,” a look at 50 years of Jewish identity in network television (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England, 2003).

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Publications

Books

“The Jews of Prime Time.”  Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England, 2003.

Recent CNN articles

"Why newsroom layoffs are so dangerous". January 2024.

"How Rupert Murdoch helped wreck American politics – and media". September 2023. 

"How Trump lost the war of images". June 2023.  

"The real Loser in the Fox News Case". April 2023. 

"Tucker Carlson’s departure will change cable TV for the better". April 2023. 

Fox News was never a real news network”. March 2023. 

External Awards, Honors, Grants

2017 - Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism from Penn State University’s Bellasario College of Communications

2015 and 2017 - National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Criticism

Five-time finalist in commentary for Syracuse University’s Mirror Awards