Tim Riley

  • Journalism Professor
  • Emerson College

NPR Critic and Emerson College Journalism professor Tim Riley teaches digital journalism across platforms and leads the social media mission for the journalism department. He has written five critically-acclaimed books on rock history, including Lennon: the Man, the Myth, and the Music (Hyperion, 2011). Kirkus Reviews chose it one of their best biographies from that year, The New York Times praised it as "potently descriptive... a critical tour-de-force," and Rolling Stone called it "…the most reliable, least star-struck volume on Lennon to date...”

For over 25 years, Riley has reviewed pop and classical music for NPR's Here And Now, On Point, All Things Considered and Morning Edition from WBUR-FM in Boston, as well as The New York Times, The Atlantic, Radio Silence, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Radio Silence, truthdig, Slate.com and Salon.com. He's working on a Beatles textbook for Oxford University Press.