Diane Anderson-Minshall

Diane Anderson-Minshall--About's Reality TV Guide
Diane Anderson-Minshall

Diane Anderson-Minshall is an award-winning entertainment journalist who has interviewed celebrities, reviewed film and television and covered pop culture news for two decades. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and websites including Us Weekly, E! Online, People and the New York Times.


Before becoming an About.com Guide, Diane Anderson-Minshall was the Editor-in-Chief of Curve Magazine and the founder and editor of Girlfriends and Alice magazines. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites including Utne Reader, Bitch, Seventeen, Femme Fatale, Diva, The Advocate, Bust, Venus, and more. She’s interviewed over 200 celebrities, from Angelina Jolie to the cast of MTV’s Shot at Love.

Diane's work is taught in media studies courses at colleges across the U.S. and her essays have appeared in anthologies like Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television and Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine.

Diane has appeared on WE’s Secret Lives of Women and Here TV’s Lesbian Sex and Sexuality. A fictional character based on her, Stacy Merkin, was a part of The L Word Season Four. In 2006, Diane was named one of PowerUp’s Ten Powerful Gay Women in Showbiz.

Diane is also the author of four novels: Punishment With Kisses, Blind Faith, Blind Leap, and Blind Curves.


Diane studied journalism and communications at Tulane University, Xavier University, University of California Berkeley and Idaho State University, before graduating with a B.A. in communications and humanities from New College of California.

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Ever since American Family debuted on PBS in 1973, reality TV has been changing the face of television and forever altering how we see ourselves. Shows like American Idol, The Simple Life, Survivor, Millionaire Matchmaker and Amazing Race continue to influence what it means to be an American.

I’ve been following reality TV’s evolution since MTV‘s Real World captivated me in the early ‘90s. In short, I’m addicted to reality TV and count shows like Project Runway, Dance your Ass Off, Tough Love and America’s Next Top Model as favored destinations. I don’t know where we’re headed with this constantly evolving medium, but I do know I wouldn’t want to miss the ride.

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