Tom Shales

Tom Shales

Tom Shales (born November 3, 1944) is an American critic of television programming and operations. He is best-known as TV critic for The Washington Post; in 1988, Shales received the Pulitzer Prize. He also writes a column for the television trade publication TelevisionWeek, and blogs for its online extension,

Background and education

Born in Elgin, Illinois, Shales graduated from Washington D.C.'s American University. He was Editor-In-Chief of the student newspaper, "The Eagle", for the 1966-1967 academic year [ [ American University Library - History of The Eagle ] ] , and appointed himself movie critic. [ [ The Washington Post Writers Group ] ]


Early years

Shales's first job was with radio station WRMN, in Elgin, at the age of 18. He filled the station's AM and FM airwaves as disc jockey, local news reporter, writer and announcer. He later worked with Voice of America as a producer of broadcasts to the Far East. [ [ The Washington Post Writers Group ] ]

Shales worked as Entertainment Editor at the Washington Examiner from 1968-1971. [ [ Tom Shales - Biography ] ] He joined The Washington Post as a writer in the Style section in 1972, was named chief television critic in July 1977, and was appointed TV Editor in June 1979. The Washington Post Writers Group has syndicated his column since 1979. [ [ The Washington Post Writers Group ] ]

"The Washington Post"

Shales has written for the "Washington Post" newspaper for several decades, and is generally credited for popularizing the idea of treating TV as seriously as theater or film from a critic's point of view.Fact|date=February 2007


During 1998-1999, Shales was a frequent film critic for "Morning Edition" on National Public Radio. [ [ ROTTEN TOMATOES: Tom Shales - Rotten Tomatoes ] ] He was twice a guest co-host on the television show "Roger Ebert & the Movies" after the death of Gene Siskel. [ [ Tom Shales ] ]


His books include "" (2002, co-authored with James Andrew Miller) about the peaks-and-valleys history and behind the scenes conflicts of NBC's long-running sketch comedy show, "On the Air!" and "Legends: Remembering America's Greatest Stars".


Shales received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1988, for his work at "The Washington Post". []

External links

* [ Tom Shales' blog]


NAME= Shales, Tom
SHORT DESCRIPTION=American critic of television programming and operations
DATE OF BIRTH=November 3, 1944
PLACE OF BIRTH=Elgin, Illinois

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