Amy Garmer is Director of Journalism Projects for the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. In this capacity, she develops the Communications and Society Program’s portfolio of journalism-related conferences. Conference topics have included mobile media and civic engagement, journalism and national security, disaster preparedness, coverage of climate change, and an ongoing dialogue among Arab and American journalism leaders. She also manages the annual Aspen Institute Symposium on Critical Issues in Journalism at the State Department, a part of the State Department’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.
Previously, Amy served as Associate Director of the Communications and Society Program. In this capacity she was responsible for managing the day to day administrative operations of the Program and the development of all Program conferences and publications.
She is the author of Unmassing America: Ethnic Media and the New Advertising Marketplace and American Journalism in Transition: A View at the Top, and has edited, co-authored and contributed to publications on a range of subjects, including digital broadcasting, diversity in media, education and technology, and telecommunications policy and economic development.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Amy served on the staff of United States Senator Sam Nunn. She also worked with the Library of Congress’ Motion Picture and Broadcasting division to establish a national television news archive.
She holds an MA degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was named a prestigious University Fellow, and a BA from the University of Virginia.
A native of Connecticut, she resides with her husband and three children in Maryland.