Meet the Editors
DEBRA BIRNBAUM is the President/Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide Magazine. A passionate TV fan and editor-in-chief since 2008, she has shaped the magazine’s “what’s worth watching” mission, and introduced popular new franchises like the annual “Hot List” and “Fan Favorites” cover contest. She appears often on TV as an entertainment expert, and frequently moderates panels for the Screen Actors Guild, Paley Center, Comic-Con and more. She has 21 years of experience in print and digital publishing, covering arts and entertainment, lifestyle, news and politics.
MATT ROUSH is the senior TV critic for TV Guide Magazine. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University, his love for TV and deep knowledge of its history has led to frequent appearances on TV entertainment shows, as well as commentaries on specials, documentaries and DVD supplements. His fondest memory: moderating a sold-out cast reunion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Hollywood.
WILL KECK joined TV Guide Magazine in 2008 after five years reporting entertainment news stories for USA Today. His weekly Keck’s Exclusives column routinely breaks the hottest television casting and storyline scoops. In addition, his colorful cover stories on such fan faves as Glee, Bones, and Revenge have proven to be among the magazines most popular.
MICHAEL SCHNEIDER is the Los Angeles Bureau Chief for TV Guide Magazine. With more than 18 years’ experience covering TV business, Schneider regularly appears on news and entertainment shows as an industry expert, and once served as judge on a Fox Reality Channel show. Previously, Michael served as TV editor of Variety and LA bureau chief of Electronic Media, and continues to blog about Los Angeles at FranklinAvenue.net.
STEPHEN BATTAGLIO is business editor for TV Guide Magazine. Over the 24 years he’s covered the television industry, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, the New York Daily News, The Hollywood Reporter and Adweek. He is the author of three books: David Susskind: A Televised Life (St. Martin’s Press), From Yesterday to Today (Running Press), a history of NBC’s Today, and Election Night: A Television History, 1948-2012, an e-book chronicling TV’s coverage of presidential elections. Election Night hit No. 1 on the iTunes list of best-selling political and current affairs titles in 2012. Battaglio has appeared as a media industry expert on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Morning Edition, NBC’s Today, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews among numerous others.
BRUCE FRETTS is Articles Editor of TV Guide Magazine and writes the popular “Cheers & Jeers” and “On Demand” columns. He came to TV Guide Magazine in 2003 and has penned cover stories on such shows as Burn Notice, Project Runway and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Prior to joining TV Guide Magazine, Fretts spent 12 years at Entertainment Weekly magazine. He wrote cover stories on stars ranging from Harrison Ford to Howard Stern and TV shows like Baywatch and Friends. He authored the magazine’s first book, The Entertainment Weekly Seinfeld Companion, which hit best-seller lists. A native of Arlington, Va., Fretts attended the University of Virginia. His work has also been published in The New York Daily News and Emmy Magazine and on the Sundance Channel’s website and RogerEbert.com.
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