Dan Gillmor is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The center’s purpose is to help students learn how to invent their own jobs in the media industry.
Gillmor is author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens' media and why it matters. His new book, Mediactive, is a guide to help turn passive consumers of media into active users, because we need better demand in addition to better supply. He has also invested in, cofounded, or advised a number of companies and nonprofits in the emerging media field.
From 1994 until early 2005, Gillmor was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont, Gillmor received a Herbert Davenport fellowship in 1982 for economics and business reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During the 1986–87 academic year, he was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory, and economics. He has won or shared in several regional and national journalism awards. Before becoming a journalist, he played music professionally for seven years.