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Tim Riley

Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  rock music, multimedia, criticism, rock, journalism, pop culture, classical, podcast, politics, npr, music, music history

Associate Professor Emerson College (Journalism), NPR critic, author, speaker, pianist, muckrack.com/triley60

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NPR CRITIC, EMERSON COLLEGE PROFESSOR and AUTHOR TIM RILEY reviews pop and classical music for the NEW YORK TIMES, truthdig.com, NPR's ON POINT and HERE AND NOW, and many other publications. He was trained as a classical pianist at Oberlin and Eastman.

Since 2009, he has taught digital journalis...

What was your first job as a journalist?

City Newspaper, Rochester, NY, weekly: neighborhood reporter, summer 1984

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes, fondly.

How is social media changing news?

Faster, less reliable, more focus on current DAILY events, less historical context.


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Best Nonfiction of 2011 Eric Liebetrau, Editor Choosing any “best-of” list is always a monumental undertaking, a task guaranteed to involve plenty of discussion, heated debate and perhaps even controversy. This year proved no less difficult, mainly due to the remarkable number of outstanding books published in 2011. Of course, you won’t hear any complaints from me—exposure to such important literature is the most rewarding part of my job. In addition to a selection of dynamic new voices, 2011 brought impressive new work from a cadre of heavy hitters—David McCullough, Joan Didion, Stephen Greenblatt, Claire Tomalin, Erik Larson, Candice Millard, Jonathan Lethem and many others. I personally believe each of the books on this list is significant, and I hope you agree. There are 63 books in 5 categories, alphabetized by title.