Nanyang Chronicle, 2013
Singapore Magazine, 2008
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information,
Nanyang Technological University,
31 Nanyang Link,
cherian at cantab dot net
Cherian George, a Singaporean writer and academic, is an Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. He serves as the Director of the Temasek Foundation - NTU Asia Journalism Fellowship. He is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
His main research interest is in media and politics, including the political economy of journalism, censorship and alternative media. He is the author of three books: Singapore: The Air-Conditioned Nation (Landmark, 2000); Contentious Journalism and the Internet: Towards Democratic Discourse in Malaysia and Singapore (National University of Singapore Press and University of Washington Press, 2006); and Freedom From The Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore (National University of Singapore Press, 2012). His journal articles include “Diversity around a democratic core: The universal and the particular in journalism” in Journalism (2013) and “Consolidating Authoritarian Rule: Calibrated Coercion in Singapore” in The Pacific Review (2007). Since 2013, he has been the editor of the journal, Media Asia. In 2010, he received a Nanyang Award, the university's highest honour for teaching excellence.
Before joining academia, he was a journalist at The Straits Times, where he wrote mainly on politics and media and served as the art and photo editor for three years. Early in his career, he twice won the company's Feature of the Year Award. He continues to practise professional journalism as the publisher of What’s Up, an independent monthly current affairs newspaper for children, which was honoured for editorial excellence by the Society of Publishers in Asia in 2006.
Cherian takes an active interest in media policy and media reform. He is a member of the Media Literacy Council under the Ministry of Communication and Information, and was part of “Bloggers 13”, a group lobbying for greater internet freedom. He runs an online portal dedicated to Singapore journalism issues, journalism.sg. His other civil society contributions include serving as a founding member of The Roundtable in the 1990s. He is a member of the board of management of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC).
He received his Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University. He has a Masters from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and a B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. He is an old boy of St Andrew’s Junior and Secondary Schools, and Hwa Chong Junior College.
He served his full-time National Service as a corporal in the Singapore Armed Forces, never managing to pass the standing broad jump.
He is married to Zuraidah Ibrahim, a fellow journalist.