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Kathryn C. Montgomery
President & Co-Founder
Center for Media Education

As president and co-founder of the Center for Media Education (CME), Kathryn Montgomery is an authoritative and influential voice for creating a quality media culture for children, their families and the community. She directs CME's Research and Public Education Initiative on New Media, Children, and Youth which is designed to both stimulate research and act as a clearinghouse on research and policy developments for academics, industry, the public and policymakers.

Dr. Montgomery's research, writings and testimony have helped frame public policy on critical media issues, including online safeguards for children through the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a content-based ratings system for television programs and the 1996 FCC rule requiring a minimum of three hours of educational programming for children. Dr. Montgomery's book, Target: Prime Time -- Advocacy Groups and the Struggle Over Entertainment Television, is the definitive study of the relationship between advocacy groups and network television.

Dr. Montgomery has served as a consultant to the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She was a professor of film and television at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in film and television from UCLA.

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