Robert A. Berger retired in 2001 after 20 years as the op-ed page editor of the Los Angeles Times. He began teaching part-time at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, in 2001, and joined the full-time faculty in fall 2003. His 37-year newspaper career includes working at the Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, Mass., as a reporter and editor; the Griffin-Larrabee News Bureau in Washington, D.C., covering Congress for 10 Massachusetts newspapers; and the Washington Star as assistant national editor and opinion editor. He graduated from the Loomis School and then Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. He received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1964. He spent the summer of 1964 participating in the Freedom Summer voter registration project in Mississippi. He is a consultant to the Institute for Justice and Journalism at USC Annenberg.
At Annenberg he teaches courses in basic print newswriting and reporting skills to undergraduates and graduate students. He serves as a writing coach for students in the Journalism School wishing assistance. He has taught courses in Journalism and Social Justice, and a summer course in long-form non-fiction writing for graduate students.
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