Shannon Fisher is a writer, women's rights activist and the host of a talk radio show, The Authentic Woman – Perspectives on the Female Experience in America, which airs on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.
Fisher began her career in radio in September 2013 as a panelist on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network's show, A Global Conversation on Domestic Violence. She went on to host A Global Conversation on Human and Sex Trafficking in February 2014 and was subsequently asked by the network's owner to do a weekly show on women's social and political issues, in addition to highlighting women with careers in the arts.
Fisher is also one of the hosts of the National Press Club's Update-1 Podcast.
Fishers' Episodes of the National Press Club's Update-1
|August 17, 2016||The Role Of Political Commentary In Elections: Bloomberg News Washington Bureau Chief Megan Murphy|
|August 1, 2016||Changes In Coverage Of Political Conventions Over The Years: 18-Convention Veteran And Past NPC President Jonathan Salant|
|February 17, 2016||New NPC President Thomas Burr Discusses His Goals For The Club And The Field of Journalism|
|January 27, 2016||The Role Of Social Media In Journalism: Pew Research Center: (Social Media Series Part 4)|
|January 20, 2016||The Use Of Images in Journalism On Social Media: American University School Of Communication: (Social Media Series Part 3)|
|December 4, 2015||Washington Press Corps Becoming More Digital And Specialized: Pew Research Center|
|October 26, 2015||Exploring The Growing Popularity Of Fair Trade Products: Fairtrade America And Ben & Jerry's|
|September 8, 2015||Policy Makers Using Solution-Based Journalism To Effect Change: UC Berkeley Journalism for Social Change Program creator Daniel Heimpel|
|July 7, 2015||News Coverage and Communications Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations with two-time Edward R. Murrow Award winner, Lisa Matthews.|
Episodes of The Authentic Woman
|September 11, 2016||Economic & Racial Divides: Yale University Sociologist Dr. Elijah Anderson with Shannon Fisher|
|July 31, 2016||Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Susan Swecker from the Democratic National Convention on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|July 17, 2016||Former Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine and New York Times Bestselling Author Kate White on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|June 29, 2016||The Fight for the Four Freedoms: Harvey J. Kaye on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|April 2, 2016||Vision: An Artist's Perspective on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|March 30, 2016||World Renown Psychic Lorrie Kazan on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|March 11, 2016||HIV on Rise among Women: Marty Bond on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|February 24, 2016||An Interview with former Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle about their new book, Crisis Point|
|February 6, 2016||Neurobiology of Trauma: Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Jim Hopper – The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher 12-14-15|
|January 24, 2016||Centennial Rally for Equal Rights: History Meets Politics on The Authentic Woman 1-25-16|
|January 10, 2016||Life in New York: Laura Pedersen on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|December 13, 2015||The Words We Live By: Constitutional Scholar Linda Monk on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|December 1, 2015||Dr. Maureen Petersen Talks Diabetes on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|November 30, 2015||Caught Between the Bettys: Alice Borodkin on The Authentic Woman, Shannon Fisher|
|November 8, 2015||Dangers of the Essure Device on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|September 21, 2015||Backbone Power: Dr. Anne Brown on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher|
|September 20, 2015||A Deep Look into TRAP Laws - NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Executive Director, Tarina Keene|
|August 21, 2015||Benefits and Challenges of Breastfeeding - Lansinoh Vice President, Gina Cicatelli Ciagne|
|August 16, 2015||Birth Affirmations - Writer and Illustrator, Susan Singer|
|May 31, 2015||FGM – Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation President, Angela Peabody|
|May 24, 2015||Healthy Vision Month – The National Eye Institute's Dr. Rachel J. Bishop|
|May 17, 2015||Energy Healing – Reiki Master, Katie McCall|
|May 10, 2015||NWHW – Director of the Office on Women’s Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Nancy Lee|
|May 3, 2015||Beagle Freedom Project, Shannon Keith|
|April 26, 2015||Gilda –Gram – Celebrity Relationship Expert, Dr. Gilda Carle|
|April 19, 2015||Unmasked – Teen Author, Hope Bolinger|
|April 12, 2015||The World Bank's Digital Communications Manager, Christine Montgomery|
|March 29, 2015||How a Breast Feeding Bill Became a Law – Activist, Kate Noon|
|March 22, 2015||Believe it to Life – Singer-Songwriter, Heather Powell|
|March 15, 2015||Invisible Warrior – Author and Women's Health Advocate, Michele Rolle|
|March 8, 2015||Voices: An Artist's Perspective – Karen Teegarden and Karen Gutfreund|
|March 1, 2015||Female Bodies on the American Stage – Jennifer –Scott Mobley|
|November 23, 2014||A History of Women in Society – Historian, Renee Davis|
|November 16, 2014||A Conversation about Women and Race – Moderator of The Tatum Talks, Tanya Tatum|
|September 28, 2014||Entertainment Journalism – Entertainment Reporter, Korina Lopez|
|August 24, 2014||The State of Women’s Rights in America – Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and Karen Teegarden, President of UniteWomen.org|
|August 10, 2014||Turning Tables – An Interview with Shannon Fisher, Hosted by Authors on the Air President, Pam Stack|
|July 27, 2014||Breaking the 5th Wall – Theatrical Artistic Director, Carol Piersol|
|July 4, 2014||A Reading of The Declaration of Independence|
|June 29, 2014||Ovarian Cancer – Survivor and Patient Advocate, Esther Windmueller|
|June 22, 2014||Pink Ink – Tattoo Artist, Amy Black|
|June 15, 2014||Creating the Dance – Choreographer, Kristin Mancini|
|June 8, 2014||Exploring Autism|
|June 1, 2014||Women in Comedy – Comedian, Lois Bromfield|
|May 11, 2014||Political Polarization – Linguist, Kathryn Ruud|
|May 4, 2014||The Need to Say "No" – Writer and Journalist, Jill Brooke|
|April 20, 2014||True P@rn Clerk Stories and The Second City – Writer and Comedian, Ali Davis|
|April 13, 2014||Women's Rights: An Artist’s Perspective|
|April 7, 2014||The History of the Equal Rights Amendment|
|March 31, 2014||Chatting or Cheating – Dr. Sheri Meyers|
|March 24, 2014||Beyond Barbie Performance Series|
|March 17, 2014||Newyorican Girl – Writer and Journalist, Julia Barden|
|March 10, 2014||Pathways to Illumination – Poet, Christy Birmingham|
|March 3, 2014||A Spark of Heavenly Fire – Novelist, Pat Bertram|
|February 15, 2014||A Global Conversation on Human and Sex Trafficking|
|October 5, 2014||Journalist and Author, Pythia Peay, with Special Guest Host, Susan Singer|
|September 7, 2014||Sylvia DeVoss: Jehovah's Witness to iPad Artist with Special Guest Host, Susan Singer|
|August 29, 2014||Kimberley A. Johnson & Madison Kimrey with Special Guest Host, Leslie Salzillo|
|August 17, 2014||Living with Disabilities – Kelly Hickok with Special Guest Host, Michele Rolle|
|August 3, 2014||Gaye Sings the Blues – Blues Singer Gaye Adegbalola with Special Guest Host, Susan Singer|
Fisher participated in a demonstration on March 3, 2012 against transvaginal ultrasound legislation in the Virginia General Assembly, during which approximately 1000 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Richmond, Virginia to the steps of the Virginia Capitol building. Thirty protesters were arrested. Photographs of the event were shared worldwide, encouraging protests against similar legislation introduced in other state legislatures. The Virginia protest was featured in the film Political Bodies, which won "Best Documentary" at the Austin Film Festival in 2013.
In January 2013, Fisher was included among women's rights activists named the "2012 Richmonders of the Year" for their participation in the March 2012 protest by the staff of Richmond's Style Weekly alternative newspaper.
Fisher co-founded UniteWomen.org's "Unite Against Rape" campaign, along with fellow executive committee members Renee Davis, Karen Teegarden and Sarah Warfield Chamberlin. The raised public awareness of the issues of rape, human trafficking and violence against women. An array of legislators, journalists and celebrities participated in the campaign, including U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine; comedians Roseanne Barr, Margaret Cho, Annabelle Gurwitch and Lois Bromfield; social justice advocate Sandra Fluke; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle, Ronnie Cameron, musician Courtney Love; social and political commentators Meghan McCain, Alexandria Goddard (the Steubenville blogger), Leslie Salzillo, Kimberley A. Johnson and Tanya Tatum; XoJane writers and editors Jane Pratt, Mandy Stadtmiller, Alison Freer, Marci Robin and Julia Allison; actors Yuri Lowenthal, Pia Glenn and Sharon Gardner; celebrity artist Tormented Sugar; writers Herman Williams, III, Pat Bertram, Michele Rolle and Toni Morrison; executive director of the Military Rape Crisis Center, Panayiota Bertzikis; and celebrity relationship experts Dr. Gilda Carle and Dr. Sheri Meyers.
The "Unite Against Rape" team also partnered with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network for a national RAINN Day campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault on college campuses.
Fisher spoke on the grounds of the Washington Monument on November 9, 2014 at an event held by the Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation to help raise awareness of female genital mutilation.
Fisher is a 2002 graduate and Past Class Chair of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at The University of Virginia and received her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary in 1994.
Fisher's articles and essays have been published in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, news sites and blogs since the 1990s.
A piece Fisher wrote in response to George Will's column about rape on college campuses was referenced, quoted, or reposted in a number of news articles, blogs and political news websites.
"Why ‘Slacktivism’ Matters" is an article Fisher wrote for PBS, explaining various methods of Social Media Activism and demonstrating its potential effectiveness in raising global awareness using the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag as an example.
Fisher is currently writing a biography of Steve Moore, a stand-up comedian from Danville, Virginia who was featured in an HBO special called Drop Dead Gorgeous about the lighter side of HIV/AIDS.
Fisher is a member of the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association. She is an alumna of the Beta Delta Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega.