Rita Hagen Aleman joined Marquette University Law School in January 2018 as the program manager for the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education. An award-winning broadcast journalist, she brings thirty-plus years of experience producing television news and documentaries, focused primarily on public policy issues at all levels of government and coverage of national and international news events.
Before her appointment at Marquette Law School, Aleman spent two years as the inaugural executive producer of the acclaimed political magazine program, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien. The groundbreaking show, syndicated across the nation, is known for a distinctive format offering a blend of high-profile political guests and fresh faces from the worlds of academia, community service, journalism, science and other fields. Under Aleman’s leadership, the Washington, D.C.-based show built a reputation for in-depth, probing, and conversational discourse on the issues important to a cross-section of Americans.
Locally, Aleman is best known for her work in creating the Emmy award-winning WISN TV news magazine, On Assignment, and the statewide public affairs show, UPFRONT with Mike Gousha. She has been a frequent collaborator with Marquette Law School, producing a series of debates featuring candidates for governor, the U.S. Senate, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Aleman collaborated with former Supreme Court Justice and Distinguished Professor Janine Geske, through the Law School’s Restorative Justice Initiative, to produce a highly regarded documentary, A Healing Circle, about the ripple effects of abuse by priests. Told through the lenses of victims, the documentary details the impact of the abuse on their lives, decades after.
Aleman, a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle, has earned multiple Emmy, Wisconsin Broadcasting, Associated Press, and Milwaukee Press Club awards, along with a special USC Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism.
Aleman graduated from Marquette University in 1977 with a B.A. in political science and earned her master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a native of Sparta, Wis.