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Amy Garmer - Moderator

Amy Garmer has spent nearly two decades working in public policy at the leading edge of new media, communications and information technologies and practices. Her work examines the impacts of digital technology and networks on journalism, media, communities, and democratic institutions. She serves as a key member of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program team.

As Director of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, Amy is leading the launch of a new multi-year initiative to explore, develop and champion new ways of thinking about U.S. public libraries. She has led the development and execution of many domestic and international journalism-related initiatives as Director of Journalism Projects over the past decade, including the Arab-U.S. Media Forum, the Aspen Institute Symposium on Critical Issues in Journalism at the U.S. State Department, and the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Journalism and National Security.  From 2010-2012, Amy led development, publication, and outreach of a white paper series and a companion website inspired by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities.  This work focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency.

She is the author most recently of Freedom and Connectivity: Advancing the Freedom to Communicate in the Americas, the report of the inaugural Aspen Institute Forum on the Freedom to Communicate (published in October 2012 in both English and Spanish, The Forum is an annual meeting among leaders of media, government, business, academia and the nonprofit sector to address issues surrounding the freedoms of expression, association, and connectivity in the Western Hemisphere. She has written or edited six Aspen Institute reports on such diverse topics as advertising and ethnic media, the future of journalism, digital broadcasting, racial and ethnic diversity in media, and technology in education.

Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Amy served on the staff of United States Senator Sam Nunn where, among her responsibilities, she led planning and coordination with the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University for the eventual Sam Nunn Papers archive. Working with the United States Senate Archivist, she developed a model program for information and records management in preparation for archiving the records of a sitting United States senator.  Previously, she worked with the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division at the Library of Congress on the creation of a national television news archive.  Amy holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin. She resides with her family in Rockville, Maryland.



The Aspen Institute


Director, Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries,
Communications and Society Program