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Rona Elliot

New Part-time Faculty

Since the 1960s, music journalist Rona Elliot has been an eyewitness to pop culture history. In a career spanning six decades, Elliot has found herself at the center of countless social and cultural events that shaped and shifted American culture—from seeing Bob Dylan plug in and go electric in 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival to watching the Beatles perform together in 1966 to working at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. Elliot began her career in the experimental “boss radio” and underground radio scenes of the late 1960s and early 1970s, working at groundbreaking Los Angeles and San Francisco stations KHJ, KMPX, and KSAN. Her radio career was capped with a multi-faceted tenure at NBC where she worked both on-air in the NBC’s entertainment division and as news producer for the NBC Radio Networks. In television, Elliot served as a music journalist for VH-1 before becoming music correspondent for the Today Show throughout the ’80s. While on the NBC morning program, she covered seminal ‘80s music events such as Band Aid, Live Aid, Tina Turner’s comeback and the rise of U2. Her interviews with members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were conducted all over the world.

Teaching and Research Interests

20th- and 21st-century rock n' roll  music and popular culture  photography  worldwide music gatherings  the artist as magician  20th- and 21st-century Eastern and Western spirituality  self-discovery  compassion  empathy  

Rona Elliot