About

John R. Carroll has been a media analyst for over four decades. Work from his 45 years in the Boston media trenches is here.

For 15 years he was a mass communication/journalism professor at Boston University’s College of Communication.

Prior to joining the BU faculty, Carroll was the executive producer of Greater Boston, WGBH-TV’s nightly news and public affairs program. He was also a radio commentator for WGBH-FM, and a correspondent for WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press, a weekly media review program.

During his television career, Carroll has won nine New England Emmy awards, mostly for news writing and commentary. He is also the recipient of the RTNDA’s National Edward R. Murrow award for writing, and a three-time winner of the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism.

Previously Carroll was a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and On the Media, as well as American Public Media’s Marketplace. He has also been a columnist for the Boston Globe and Adweek.

In addition to Campaign Outsider, Carroll produces It’s Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town, which tracks the Boston Globe/Boston Herald daily bakeoff, and Sneak Adtack, a blog that tracks stealth marketing (aka ads in sheep’s clothing).

Carroll is also a consultant to Ask Doctor Ads, although he takes no responsibility for all the cockamamie stuff the Doc dishes out. (Federally mandated warning: Dr. Ads is not a licensed physician.)