Michael J. Socolow

Michael J. Socolow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine.  He holds a Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University, and has written numerous scholarly articles on American broadcast history.  He worked as an Assignment Editor for the Cable News Network (CNN) in the Los Angeles bureau, and as an Information Manager for the Host Broadcast Organizations of the 1992 Barcelona, the 1996 Atlanta, and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Socolow was a collegiate oarsman. Rowing for Columbia University in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Socolow won a silver medal at the 1989 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta in the open four division. The stroke of that shell, Tom Auth, later rowed for the United States in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Socolow rowed in Columbia University’s 1990 and 1991 varsity crews.

Socolow’s media criticism has appeared in such newspapers as the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, and Philadelphia Inquirer.  A summary of “Six Minutes in Berlin” was published by Slate.com in July, 2012, in conjunction with the opening of the 2012 London Olympic Games.  Socolow has appeared on radio and television programs, and has been quoted widely on the future of media, journalism ethics, and journalism history.  His media scholarship has been published in a variety of academic journals, including Journalism History, Technology & Culture, and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

Socolow’s father, Sanford Socolow, was the Executive Producer of the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.”  He was raised in Washington, DC and New York City, and  lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife and two sons.


Michael J. Socolow
Associate Professor
Department of Communication and Journalism
5724 Dunn Hall, Room 439
University of Maine
Orono,  ME   04469

E-mail: mike.socolow@ yahoo.com
Office: (207) 581-1941
Fax: (207) 581-1286
University Webpage: http://www.umit.maine.edu/~michael.socolow