Jennifer Merin

  • A former reporter for NBC, news writer for ABC and CNN, and editor for the AWFJ Women on Film syndicated journal
  • Has published documentary reviews in the New York Press, Women's eNews, and Westwood One's "America in the Morning"
  • Former president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists
  • Weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times and other West Coast newspapers


Jennifer Merin is a former writer for ThoughtCo who penned documentary film critiques for nearly seven years. As a dedicated film journalist, she watches all current documentary film releases as well as continually revisiting the classics. Having worked on documentary films, Merin is aware of the ways in which different directors handle the genre to reveal the truth about the world around us while her experience as a news reporter and editor gives her an insider's understanding of media spin.

Merin reviews films and interviews filmmakers for New York Press, a leading alternative weekly newspaper, and she's the film critic for Women's eNews, reports on film and cultural matters for Westwood One Radio Network's morning drive news program, "America in the Morning," and contributes to Merin's worked as news writer and editor for ABC and CNN and reporter for NBC. Her ongoing weekly column about culture and travel has resided in Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate, and is currently distributed by ArcaMax publishing.

As well as being a leading journalist in the field, Merin is president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, a nonprofit association of women covering film and the movie industry that also presents the annual EDA Awards. Merin edits and publishes AWFJ Women On Film, the organization's syndicated journal.


Merin holds an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied and worked with many of today's leading filmmakers. She has taught at University of Wisconsin and University of Rhode Island, lectured worldwide for the U.S. State Department, and conducted workshops in NYC correctional institutions.

Awards and Publications

  • President of the AWFJ
  • Member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association
  • "STATUS REPORT: Female Film Critics are Still Outnumbered" for AWFJ Women on Film
  • Movie reviews on Women's eNews

Jennifer Merin

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