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Charles Morton Firestone

Charles Morton Firestone, American lawyer, educator. Recipient certified of commendation Mayor of Los Angeles, 1986, resolution commendation award City Council Los Angeles, 1986; Luther Ely Smith scholar and Andrew Laurie scholar Amherst College, 1965-1966; Glocom fellow Japanese Institute Global Communications, since 2001.


  • Firestone, Charles Morton was born on October 16, 1944 in St. Louis. Son of Victor and Betty (Solomon) Firestone.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Amherst College, 1966. Juris Doctor, Duke University, 1969.


    • Litigation attorney Federal Communications Commission, Washington, 1969-1973. Director litigation Citizens Communications Center, 1973-1977. Adjunct professor law, director communications law program University of California at Los Angeles, 1977-1986.

      Counsel Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, Los Angeles, 1983-1990. Visiting lecturer University of California at Los Angeles School Law, 1986-1990. Executive director communications and society program Aspen Institute, since 1989, executive vice president policy programs and international activities, 1997—2000.

      Visiting professor Duke University, Terry Sanford Institute Public Policy, 2003. Faculty adviser Federal Communications Law Journal, Los Angeles, 1977-1986. Counsel statewide television debates League of Vermont Writers California, 1978-1990, counsel California media Dukakis-Bentsen Committee.

      Co-cmmn. advisory committee LWC California Speak Out 1988 Election Project. President Board Telecommunications Commissioners, City of Los Angeles, 1984-1986. Member national advisory board Privacy and Am.Bus., 1993-2000.

      Member Commission on Radio and Tv Policy, 1996.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1969, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit) 1970, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1972, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit) 1973, United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1975, United States Court Appeals (3d circuit) 1976, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1977, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1977, California 1983.


    • Democracy on the Air
    • Democracy on the Air examines the media in three specific ways: (1) how autonomous and responsible media systems function in democracies, (2) the ways in which television can be used in the coverage of democratic elections, and (3) how journalists cover the lives of ethnic minorities and ethnic conflict, if and when it arises, as well as integrate minorities into the journalistic profession.
    • Creating a Learning Society
    • This first report of the Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society--a group of twenty-five CEOs from business, government, and the nonprofit sector--focuses on education and technology.
    • Author: (with Ellen Mickiewicz) Television and Elections, 1992, (with Donald R. Browne and Mickiewicz) Television/Radio News and Minorities, 1994, (with Robert Entman, Dee Reid and Mickiewicz) Television, Radio & Privatization, 1998, (with Craig L. Lamay and Mickiewicz) Television Autonomy & the State, 1999, (with Mickiewicz Browne LaMay) Democracy on the Air, 2000. Editor: Television for the 21st Century: The Next Wave, 1993, (with Jorge Reina Schement) Toward An Information Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, 1995, (with Amy Korzick Garmer) Creating a Learning Society: Initiatives for Education and Technology, 1996, (with Anthony Corrado) Elections in Cyberspace: Toward A New Era in American Politics, 1996, (with Garmer) Digital Broadcasting and the Public Interest, 1998. Member editorial board Aspenia, 2000-2004.

      Contributor articles to professional journals, chapters to books.


    Denomination: Judaism


    Board directors Corporation for Disabilities and Telecommunications, Los Angeles, 1980-1982. Board directors KCRW Foundation, Santa Monica, California, 1982-1990, vice chairman, 1987-1990. Trustee Center for Law in Public Interest, 1988-1989.

    Member advisory committee campaign Mondale for President, Los Angeles, 1984. Member advisory committee Center for Governmental Studies, 2003-2005. Campaign Legal Center, 2004-2007.

    Member advisory board Anwarul Quadir Foundation, since 2006, member advisory board Electronic Privacy Information Center since 2007, board directors, since 2009. Member American Bar Association (chairman broadcast and spectrum use committee, section science and technical 1981-1983, chairman electronic campaigning committee 1984-1986), Federal Communications Bar Association, Society Satellite Professionals (secretary board directors So California chapter 1984-1987), Council Foreign Relations, Cosmos Club (chairman membership committee 2006-2008, board director 2008-2011).


    • Married Pattie Winston Porter, April 19, 1975. Children: Laurel, Asa.
    • father: Victor Firestone
    • mother: Betty (Solomon) Firestone
    • spouse: Pattie Winston Porter
    • children: Laurel Firestone
    • Asa Firestone
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    Born October 16, 1944
    (age 73)