Joan Konner has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence and received her M.S. from Columbia. She has been a reporter, editorial writer, and columnist for the Bergen (N.J.) Record; a producer, reporter, host and editor, at WNET/Thirteen; a documentary and news producer, writer, director and program director at NBC News; an executive producer for national public affairs programs, and executive producer of "Bill Moyers’ Journal."
She has also been vice president, director of programming and executive producer for the Metropolitan Division and senior executive producer for national public affairs, WNET/Thirteen. In addition, she was president and executive producer, Public Affairs Television Inc., in partnership with Bill Moyers.
She is the former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and the publisher, Columbia Journalism Review.
Awards include 13 Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Peabody Award, 1980); Alfred. I. duPont Award, 1989; three American Bar Association Awards; Outstanding Broadcast Journalism Educator, from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 1996.