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Michael Copps is Common Cause’s Special Advisor for our Media and Democracy Reform Initiative. From 2001 to 2011 he served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission. His tenure was marked by a consistent embrace of the public interest. As a strong voice in opposition of consolidation in the media, he notably dissented in the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. He has been a consistent proponent for localism in programming and diversity in media ownership.
Though retired from the Commission, he has maintained his commitment to an inclusive, informative media landscape. In addition to leading Common Causes’s media reform initiative, he sits on the boards of Free Press and Public Knowledge. Prior to his time at the FCC, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development at the Department of Commerce and Chief of Staff to Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) from the early 1970s to 1983. He has a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.