Dove Foundation Advisor Biography
Film Critic; Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
Michael is a nationally syndicated radio host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic. His daily three hour broadcast reaches 2,000,000 listeners on more than 180 stations across the country – drawing an audience that consistently ranks his show as one of the top ten political talk shows in the United States.
Born in Philadelphia, educated in public schools in San Diego and Los Angeles, Michael attended Yale as a National Merit Scholar, graduating with honors as an American History major. He then attended Yale Law School (where his classmates included Bill and Hillary Clinton) before going to work as a political speechwriter and consultant for a variety of liberal candidates and office-holders.
The success of Michael’s first book What Really Happened to the Class of ’65? led to his work as a Hollywood screenwriter and movie critic, first on CNN, then for twelve years as co-host of Sneak Previews on PBS-TV. He also served as chief film critic for the New York Post before launching his radio show in 1996. His most recent books include Hollywood Vs. America, a searing indictment of the entertainment industry and, with his wife, clinical psychologist Dr. Diane Medved, Saving Childhood: Protecting Our Children From the National Assault on Innocence. His tenth book, Right Turns, drew national attention in 2005, recounting Michael’s dramatic transition from “punk liberal activist” to “lovable conservative curmudgeon.” His columns on media and society appear regularly in USA TODAYwhere he is a member of the Board of Contributors.
Long active in the Jewish community, Michael has served as president of an Orthodox congregation, and co-founder of a Jewish Day School. The Medveds currently live in the Seattle area with their three children.