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Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Executive Director

National Association for Media Literacy Education

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the United States. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the United States (now in its seventh year), developed strategic partnerships with companies such as Thomson Reuters, Facebook, Twitter, and Nickelodeon, and restructured both the governance and membership of NAMLE. She has overseen four national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education. Lipkin is an alumna of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Program (Australia/2018). She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Brooklyn College, where she teaches media literacy.

Lipkin has been a guest on CNN’s Reliable Sources in 2017 and 2020. Michelle was the recipient of the 2020 Global Media and Information Literacy Award given by UNESCO. In 2020, Michelle appeared in the documentary Trust Me from award-winning director Roko Belic, as well as the PBS Documentary Fake.

Lipkin began her career in children’s television production, in various roles on both corporate and production teams. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University. After graduate school, Lipkin worked as a facilitator for the Learning about Multimedia Project, teaching media literacy and production classes for pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade students.

Lipkin is on the Advisory Council for the Children’s Advertising Review Unit and also serves on National Judge’s Panel for Trend Micro’s “What’s Your Story?” Youth Media Contest. She is also a member of the Brain Trust for the documentary Disclosure.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.