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Demos Welcomes Writers Guild East President Michael Winship as Senior Writing Fellow

New York, NY – Demos, a national research and policy center, announced today that Michael Winship has become a new Senior Writing Fellow. Mr. Winship is President of the AFL-CIO-affiliated Writers Guild of America, East, a former senior writer of “Bill Moyers Journal” on PBS, and co-editor of the upcoming book "Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues" (New Press June 2011). As a Senior Writing Fellow, he will continue to write about issues in our democracy, including the role of money in political decision-making, and will contribute to a variety of published works and public events at Demos, including The American Prospect and the new blog.

Demos President Miles Rapoport stated, “We are honored to add Michael Winship to the Demos Senior Fellow team. Michael is a gifted and widely respected writer whose work to reform the media and ensure journalistic integrity is of the highest caliber. I welcome him to Demos and am excited to bring on board his wealth of knowledge and talent.”

Since 2002, Mr. Winship has written a weekly column for the nearly 400 daily and weekly newspapers of GateHouse News Service. It also appears on websites worldwide, including Salon, Truthout, Common Dreams, Alternet and the Bill Moyers Journal blog.

Mr. Winship has won the 2009 Emmy Award for excellence in writing, and has been nominated for the Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Writing nine times, receiving it in 2004 and 2009 for commentaries written with Bill Moyers. He has worked for America’s major PBS stations, CBS, the Discovery and Learning Channels, A&E, Turner, the Disney Channel, the Children’s Television Workshop, and National Geographic, among others. His television writing also has been honored by the Christopher, Western Heritage, Genesis and CableACE Awards. For his work as WGA East president during its hundred-day strike in 2007-08, he was a recipient of the Sidney Hillman Foundation Officers Award.

He is the author of the book "Television," a history of the electronic medium (Random House 1988) and has co-produced two theatrical productions in Los Angeles, "The Arab-Israeli Cookbook" and "Charlotte: Life? Or Theatre?"