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educator , journalist , media analyst

Ellen Hunsberger Hume, American media analyst, educator, journalist. Fellow Kennedy Institute Politics, Harvard University, 1981, Annenberg Washington Program, 1993-1995; Annenberg fellowship, Central European University Center Media & Communications Studies, 2009. Member of Council on Foreign Relations.


Hume, Ellen Hunsberger was born on April 24, 1947 in Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States. Daughter of Warren Seabury and Ruth (Pedersen) Hume.


Bachelor, Harvard University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Daniel Webster College, 1990. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Kenyon College, 2001.


Reporter Somerville (Massachusetts) Journal, 1968-1969. Feature writer Santa Barbara (California) News Press, 1969-1970. Public service director, copy writer KTMS Radio, Santa Barbara, 1970-1972.

Education reporter Ypsilanti (Michigan) Press, 1972-1973. Business reporter Detroit Free Press, 1973-1975. Metropolitan reporter Los Angeles Times, 1975-1977, congressional reporter Washington, 1977-1983.

White House correspondent, political writer Wall St. Journal, 1983-1988. Executive director Shorenstein Center on Press and Politics Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988-1993. Moderator The Editors television program, Montreal, Quebec, 1990-1993.

Adjunct lecturer Kennedy School Government, 1991-1993, Medill School Journalism, 1993-1994. Founding director Center on Media and Society, University Massachusetts, Boston, 2003—2007, New England Ethnic Newswire Publisher, since 2007. Research director Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center Future Civic Media, 2008—2009.

Annenberg fellow Central European University, since 2009. Commentator Washington Week in Review Public Broadcasting Service-television, 1973—1988, Cable News Network, 1993—1997. Executive director The Democracy Project Public Broadcasting Service, 1996—1998.

Board directors Shorenstein Center.


All human life is created by God and therefore is significant and valuable. When governments implement the capital punishment, then the life of the convicted is devalued and all possibilities of change end.


As human beings people are a part of a cruel and violent and unjust world that feels like it cannot be changed. By accepting forgiveness and liberation, God enables to resist evil and to live life that can make this world a better place.


Member Council of Foreign Rels., Fund for Free Expression, National Press Club.


Married John Shattuck, February 14, 1991. 1 child, Susannah; stepchildren: Jessica, Rebecca, Peter.

Warren Seabury Hume

Ruth (Pedersen) Hume

John Shattuck

Peter Hume

Susannah Hume

Jessica Hume

Rebecca Hume