Dr. Anthony R. (Tony) Fellow was elected to the governing board of the Pasadena Area Community College District in 2009. He represents Trustee Area 7, which includes the City of Arcadia.
He is professor of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, where he was chair of one of the nation's largest university departments. In 2007, he was a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. President's Commission and was assigned to Italy, where he held the Vercelli Chair of Twentieth Century Media History at the University of Piemonte, the most prestigious Fulbright award in Italy. Following the Fulbright announcement, Cal State Fullerton Dean Rick Pullen called Fellow an "exemplary scholar with a strong reputation."
Fellow is completing his 28th year as an administrator and professor at CSUF, where he established the Florence Summer Media Institute, which is now the university's largest summer study abroad program. He teaches courses in media history, media law and media and politics. In addition, he was an adjunct professor in USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism for five years.
Fellow also is founder of the Summer International Media Workshops in Florence, Italy and directs the department's graduate program with the University of Hong Kong, the only international M.A. program of its kind in the California State University System.
He has written three books, including American Media History, one of the nation's top texts on the history of American media, Copy Editors Handbook for Newspapers, and Writing in a Multimedia World. He is a frequent speaker at national and international media conferences. Before entering university teaching, he was a reporter, political columnist, and city editor for 10 years with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He covered the presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter for the Thomson Newspapers. He continues to write newspaper columns on politics and water issues.
Fellow received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he was a Walter H. Annenberg Fellow. He also received an M.A. from Cal State Fullerton. He has done extensive graduate work in political science in the areas of Soviet and Latin American politics.
Fellow is a former Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, California's second largest legislative body. He represents Division 1 (serving the cities of El Monte, South El Monte, Arcadia, Temple City and Monrovia) on the upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District where he was first elected in 1990. He also is an officer on the executive board of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.
He was vice mayor and councilman in the City of El Monte for seven years and ran for the California State Assembly. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein nominated Fellow for a position in the U.S. Department of Interior during the administration of President Clinton.
Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) has called Fellow "the pillar of the San Gabriel Valley" for his civic activities.
He is married to Clara Potes-Fellow, a former award-winning journalist who served as President Clinton's press secretary for Hispanic media in California during his first run for the White House. She is author of Women of Hope: Biographies of Hispanic Women. Fellow and his wife reside in Arcadia.