Experts

Our Legal and Policy Experts

Benton supports legal and policy experts who preserve and strengthen the public benefits of America’s communications environment, who can nourish and protect democratic values, and who can communicate to the public why this all matters. 

Benton Senior Fellow
2017- current

Jon's work focuses on policies to support FCC actions to promote broadband access and deployment, to advance competition, including through

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Denise Linn Riedl
Benton Fellow
2017- current

In charge of Ecosystem Development at Chicago’s City Tech Collaborative, Denise has diverse experiences in telecommunications policy and planning

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Andrew Jay Schwartzman
Benton Senior Counselor
2014-current

Institute for Public Representation, Georgetown Law Center, and regular Digital Beat contributor.

To develop a new generation of media and

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Benton Faculty Research Fellow
2015-2017

Colin Rhinesmith is a Digital Beat contributor and author of Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives (January

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Jim Kohlenberger
Benton Senior Policy Fellow
2004-2008

Jim Kohlenberger strengthened the Benton Foundation’s collaborations in the field and guided the media policy work, including advocacy for

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Richard Somerset-Ward
Benton Senior Fellow
1997-2002

Richard is an author and broadcast media consultant. He authored Connecting Communities, a report funded by the Ford Foundation and released in

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Donna Lampert
Benton Fellow
1989-1990

Donna analyzed policy in the children’s television area. She coordinated Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission filings

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Jerry Berman
Benton Fellow
1989-1990

Jerry focused on research and policy project development relating to public access to electronic government information and consumer interest in

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Gigi Sohn
Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate
2018-current

Sohn is one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable and democratic communications networks. For nearly thirty years, she has

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