Neal Gabler, Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, is an author, cultural historian, and film critic. His first book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Theatre Library Association Award. His second book,Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, was named non-fiction book of the year by Time magazine. Newsweek calls his most recent book, Walt Disney: The Triumph of American Imagination, “the definitive Disney bio.”
He appears regularly on the media review program Fox News Watch, and writes often for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Gabler has contributed to numerous other publications including Esquire, Salon,New York Magazine, Vogue, American Heritage, The New York Republic,Us and Playboy. He has appeared on many television programs including The Today Show, The CBS Morning News, The News Hour, Entertainment Tonight, Charlie Rose, and Good Morning America. Gabler also hosted Sneak Previews for PBS.
Gabler held fellowships from the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and the Guggenheim Foundation. He served as the chief non-fiction judge of the National Book Awards and judged the Los Angles Times Book Prizes.
Gabler has taught at the University of Michigan and at Pennsylvania State University. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan and holds advanced degrees in film and American culture. Gabler is currently at work on a biography of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.