Cronkite Faculty

Craig M. Allen, Doctoral Studies Director, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Ohio University
Craig Allen joined the Cronkite faculty after 14 years in broadcast and print journalism and seven years teaching college journalism. He is active in international mass communication and has led delegations to Indonesia and Mexico. A broadcast historian, Allen has written extensively on political media, presidential communication and the international mass media, and he teaches courses in international communication and broadcast journalism. Allen’s books include “News Is People: The Rise of Local TV News.” He currently is writing a history of U.S. Spanish-language television. He also is active in ASU faculty affairs as past president of the Downtown Campus Faculty Senate and member of the University Academic Council and the ASU General Studies Council.

Melanie Asp Alvarez, Assistant News Director, Cronkite News, Lecturer
M.L.S., Arizona State University
Melanie Asp Alvarez instructs and supervises student producers for the award-winning student-produced live newscast, Cronkite News. The program is recognized as one of the nation's top student newscasts by organizations such as the Broadcast Education Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Alvarez worked as a newscast producer at KKTV-TV in Colorado Springs, Colo.; WTSP-TV in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.; and KPHO-TV in Phoenix, where she also served as an executive producer for the morning newscast and special projects. Alvarez has received several regional Emmy nominations.

Douglas A. Anderson, Senior Research Professor
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
Douglas A. Anderson rejoined the Cronkite School in 2014 as a senior research professor after his retirement from Penn State University's College of Communications, where he had served since 1999 as dean and professor of journalism. He was on the faculty at ASU from 1979 until 1999, serving from 1987-1999 as director of the Cronkite School. He is the author or co-author of six books and more than 75 academic articles, papers, book chapters and workbooks. He is a past president of the Nebraska Associated Press Managing Editors Association and the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 1996, The Freedom Forum named him Journalism Administrator of the Year. In 2013, he received the Presidential Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Marianne Barrett, Senior Associate Dean and Louise Solheim Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Marianne Barrett brought her experiences as an ESPN programming executive to the Cronkite School when she joined the faculty in 1994. Barrett, whose research focuses on media management, economics and policy, was named a Frank Stanton Fellow by the International Radio and Television Society in 2002 for her “outstanding contributions to electronic media education.” She became associate dean in 2005 and the following year was named the Louise Solheim Professor of Journalism.

Rebecca Blatt, PIN Bureau Chief, Professor of Practice
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Rebecca Blatt leads Cronkite’s Public Insight Network Bureau, a professional program in which students mine news sources and generate story ideas for professional news organizations. Blatt, a former senior editor for special projects at WAMU in Washington, D.C., managed community outreach and engagement efforts using American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, an innovative database of more than 200,000 citizen sources. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including honors from the Education Writers Association, the Journalism Center on Children and Families, and the New York Festivals Radio Awards.

Sharon Bramlett-Solomon, Lincoln Center of Applied Ethics Professor of Media & Culture, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University
Sharon Bramlett-Solomon is a winner of the Barry Bingham Fellowship for advancing diversity in college journalism education and a recipient of AEJMC Newspaper Division’s Professor of the Year Award for her multicultural initiatives. She has received numerous teaching, research and service award recognitions during her tenure at ASU. Previously, she spent seven years in newspapers, public relations and radio, including reporting for The Memphis Commercial Appeal and The Louisville Courier-Journal. Her research focuses on U.S. media identity and representation of race, gender and social class.

Peter Byck, Professor of Practice (Joint faculty appointment with the School of Sustainability)
B.F.A., California Institute of the Arts
Peter Byck is the director, producer and writer of “Carbon Nation,” a climate change solutions movie. Byck has more than 20 years of experience as a director and editor. He currently is in production for "Carbon Nation 2.0," an ongoing series of short films promoting a low-carbon economy, produced in affiliation with ASU.

Christopher Callahan, Dean, University Vice Provost and Arizona PBS CEO
M.P.A., Harvard University
Christopher Callahan is the founding dean of the Cronkite School. He is responsible for leading a 150-member faculty and staff and 1,800 students. He also serves as vice provost of the 11,000-student Downtown Phoenix campus. Callahan is the chair of the Hearst Awards Steering Committee and serves as the chair of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. He also is a member of the Poynter Institute’s National Advisory Board. Prior to joining ASU, Callahan was associate dean at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and senior editor of the American Journalism Review. Before entering journalism education, Callahan was a Washington correspondent for The Associated Press. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the author of "A Journalist’s Guide to the Internet."

Michael Casavantes, Lecturer
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Michael Casavantes joined the Cronkite faculty in 1990 and has taught at the university level for 35 years. He has 15 years of experience in broadcast news, with five years as a television reporter, anchor and producer for ABC and NBC affiliates in El Paso, Texas, and 10 years as news director of a 100,000-watt public radio affiliate in Las Cruces, N.M. Casavantes has been honored with teaching awards at New Mexico State and the Cronkite School. He teaches Intermediate Reporting and Writing for broadcast students.

Monica Chadha, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Monica Chadha is an assistant professor, teaching multimedia journalism. Chadha spent more than a decade reporting from India for the BBC and The Indian Express, one of the country’s largest English language newspapers. She produced multimedia stories for online, radio, print and television. Her research interests center on digital media and entrepreneurial journalism.

John E. Craft, Curator of Cronkite Gallery, Professor
Ph.D., Ohio University
A national expert in television media, John Craft has taught broadcasting at the Cronkite School since 1973. His award-winning documentary programs on Route 66 have been distributed around the world and have been broadcast on public television stations in nearly 80 of the top television markets in the U.S. Craft’s research interests are in media management, media and society and the philosophy of mass communication. As an Arizona Humanities Scholar, Craft often speaks to civic, educational and professional organizations. He is a winner of the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Steve Crane, Director of Washington Operations, Professor of Practice
M.B.A., University of Maryland
As director of Washington operations, Steve Crane runs the Cronkite News Service bureau in D.C. and manages Cronkite professional programs in Washington. Crane was a political reporter and editor for The Washington Times before directing the D.C. bureau of the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service, where his students won numerous awards for their reporting. For five years before joining the Cronkite School, he was assistant dean at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Jeff Cunningham, Professor of Practice (Joint faculty appointment with the W. P. Carey School of Business)
B.A., Binghamton University
Jeff Cunningham joined the Cronkite faculty after a multi-faceted media career as publisher of Forbes magazine, partner at Schroder Ventures, president of Internet venture incubator CMGI, and founder and editor-in-chief of Directorship.com. He serves as a faculty adviser in the areas of disruptive technology, the media business, and business journalism. He also has served as CEO, chairman or board director of a number of Fortune 500 and venture-funded media and technology companies.

Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism, Professor
B.A., Dartmouth College
Steve Doig joined the Cronkite faculty in 1996 as the school’s first Knight Chair in Journalism following a 23-year career in newspaper journalism. An expert in computer-assisted reporting, Doig was part of an investigative team at The Miami Herald that won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for an analysis on how weakened building codes and poor construction contributed to the devastation of Hurricane Andrew.

Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Professor of Practice
M.A., The Ohio State University
Leonard Downie Jr. is vice president at large of The Washington Post, where he was executive editor from 1991-2008. During his 44 years at the Post, Downie was an investigative reporter, editor on the local and national news staffs, London correspondent and managing editor and helped supervise the newspaper’s Watergate coverage. During his 17 years as executive editor, the newspaper won 25 Pulitzer Prizes. Downie is a founder and board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., an advisory board member of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland and chairman of the board of advisers of Kaiser Health News. He is the author of four nonfiction books and a novel.

Heather Lovett Dunn, Content Director, Cronkite News
B.A., University of Mississippi
Heather Lovett Dunn instructs and supervises the student reporters for the award-winning student-produced live newscast, Cronkite News. Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Dunn worked as the senior content manager at KPNX-TV in Phoenix, and produced newscasts at KPHO-TV in Phoenix, KVOA-TV in Tucson, Ariz., and KTVK-TV in Phoenix. Dunn has been honored with three Emmy awards for breaking news, continuing coverage and education programming.

Steve Elliott, Director of Digital News, Cronkite News Service, Professor of Practice
M.B.A., Arizona State University
Steve Elliott is the founding director of Cronkite News Service. He joined the Cronkite School in 2006 after a 19-year career with The Associated Press, the world’s largest news organization. Elliott’s AP career included tours as a reporter, newsroom manager, bureau chief and business executive. At Cronkite News Service, he leads groups of advanced students in coverage of statewide stories for newspapers and news websites. Their stories appear regularly in roughly 30 publications across the state and region.

Tom Feuer, Director of Cronkite News – LA Sports Bureau, Professor of Practice
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Tom Feuer heads the Cronkite News – LA Sports Bureau where students cover professional and intercollegiate sports in Southern California. Feuer, a longtime FOX Sports executive producer, has produced some of the world’s largest sporting events, including 10 Olympic Games. He is a three-time national Emmy winner and a 22-time National Telly Award winner. As director of the Cronkite Sports bureau, Feuer oversees students producing sports content and develops partnerships with local and national television networks.

Mary-Lou Galician, Associate Professor, Lead Professor of Cronkite/ASU Online
Ed.D., Memphis State University (Now University of Memphis)
Mary-Lou Galician, a media literacy advocate and award-winning researcher and educator, joined the Cronkite School after a long career in print journalism, television, public relations, advertising and marketing. She wrote the pioneering research-based textbook “Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media” for the analysis and criticism course of the same name that she created and teaches and that is a model used at universities around the nation. Her “Handbook of Product Placement in the Mass Media” is used worldwide.

Kristin Gilger, Associate Dean, Professor of Practice
M.A., University of Nebraska
Kristin Gilger directs the school’s 70-plus part-time faculty members and oversees the school’s professional programs. She also serves as director of the National Center on Disability and Journalism. She was director of Student Media at ASU from 2002-2007. She spent 21 years in various reporting and editing roles at newspapers across the country, including the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Salem Statesman Journal in Oregon and The Arizona Republic. She conducts training in leadership and management for newspapers and other organizations nationally and internationally.

Dan Gillmor, Professor of Practice
B.A., University of Vermont
Dan Gillmor is an internationally recognized leader in new media and entrepreneurial journalism and digital media literacy. A longtime Silicon Valley-based journalist, Gillmor wrote a popular business and technology column for the San Jose Mercury News and launched a weblog in 1999, a site believed to have been the first mainstream journalism blog. In 2004, he published “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People,” the leading book on citizen journalism. He leads the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute at Cronkite.

Dawn Gilpin, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Temple University
Dawn Gilpin spent more than 15 years working in Italy in organizational communication and public relations, including crisis management and internal communication. She completed her Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication at Temple University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Gilpin’s research focuses on the interactions between organizations, media and public policy, particularly in terms of organizational and issue identity and the dynamics of knowledge and power. She teaches public relations and social media at the Cronkite School.

Retha Hill, Director, New Media Innovation Lab, Professor of Practice
M.A., Arizona State University
Retha Hill joined the Cronkite faculty in 2007 after nearly eight years at BET, where she was vice president for content for BET Interactive, the online unit of Black Entertainment Television and the most-visited site specializing in African-American content on the Internet. Before joining BET, Hill was executive producer for special projects at washingtonpost.com. At the New Media Innovation Lab, Hill works with students from multiple disciplines, including journalism, to research and develop digital media products for media companies.

Jim Jacoby, Television Production Manager, Cronkite News, Lecturer
B.A., Arizona State University
Jim Jacoby joined the Cronkite School faculty after 20 years in television news. An Emmy-winning editor and director, Jacoby teaches television production and serves as the school’s production manager. In addition to his Cronkite School duties, he works as a freelance editor and produces graphics for the Arizona Cardinals, Sun Devil Football and several local production companies.

Brett Kurland, Director of Cronkite News – Phoenix Sports Bureau, Professor of Practice
M.B.A., Northwestern University
Brett Kurland leads the Cronkite News – Phoenix Sports Bureau where students cover professional and intercollegiate sports. He is an Emmy Award-winning sports producer and multimedia entrepreneur with more than 16 years of experience producing content across a variety of platforms, ranging from mobile phones to broadcast television networks. Kurland’s work has included documentaries, features, live events and studio shows for numerous networks, including ESPN CBS, FOX and NBC.

Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, President, Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Professor
M.A., University of Missouri
Andrew Leckey is the Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism and president of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at the Cronkite School. A Fulbright Scholar in China, he launched both the Reynolds Center and Cronkite Business Journalism Specialization. Leckey was a longtime nationally syndicated investment columnist for Chicago Tribune, an anchor for CNBC and has written or edited 10 financial books. He was the founding director of the Bloomberg Business Journalism Program at University of California, Berkeley. A former Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism and a Media Studies Fellow, both at Columbia University, he serves on advisory boards of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, Knight-Bagehot Fellowship and Arizona Fulbright Association.

Christina Leonard, Director of Reynolds Business Reporting Bureau, Professor of Practice
B.A., University of Oklahoma
Christina Leonard leads the Reynolds Business Reporting Bureau for Cronkite News. She joined the Cronkite School in 2015 after 17 years as a reporter and editor at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. Her leadership roles included Phoenix-West Valley regional editor, state politics editor, assistant business editor and editor-in-chief of two business magazines, Arizona Woman and bizAZ. She is the former president, vice president and treasurer of the Arizona chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and was founder and former chairwoman of the Republic’s Diversity Committee. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Gannett chairman’s award and several Arizona Press Club honors.

Susan Lisovicz, Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism
B.A., William Paterson University
Susan Lisovicz has worked at major cable news networks, such as CNN and CNBC, as an on-air financial reporter, covering business stories such as diamond mining in South Africa, micro-lending in Bangladesh and the handover of the Panama Canal. She is best known for her frequent reports from Wall Street, which spanned the peak of the dot-com boom to the Great Recession.

Alan Lobock, Reynolds Visiting Professor in Journalism Entrepreneurship
B.S., Arizona State University
Alan Lobock is the co-founder of SkyMall, the retail catalog that for nearly 25 years was carried aboard approximately 80 percent of U.S. commercial aircraft and was seen annually by more than 500 million people. Today, Lobock focuses on startups and fast-growing companies, contributing to or co-founding dozens of companies in industries ranging from renewable energy to Internet applications. Named a “startup guru” by The Wall Street Journal, Lobock’s articles on entrepreneurship have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, TheStreet.com and other publications.

Mark Lodato, Assistant Dean, News Director, Professor of Practice
M.Ed., Arizona State University
As associate dean Mark Lodato supervises the Cronkite School’s broadcast and sports curriculum. Duties also include working with the leadership team on recruitment strategies, establishing new media partnerships and development. As news director, Lodato supervises the national award-winning television newscast, Cronkite News. He is the recipient of the 2014 ASU Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Curricular Innovation and a member of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy class of 2013. His journalism career includes more than 16 years as a television reporter in Washington, D.C., Arizona and Florida.

Jason Manning, Executive Director, Strategic Communication and Digital Media, Educational Outreach and Student Services, Professor of Practice
M.A., George Mason University
Jason Manning is executive director of Strategic Communication and Digital Media for Educational Outreach and Student Services. Manning is also a professor of practice at the Cronkite School where he teaches courses and serves as managing editor of the Cronkite Borderlands Initiative. Prior to joining ASU, Manning was politics editor for washingtonpost.com, where he led digital coverage of the federal government and national campaign politics. He has also held positions at PBS NewsHour and U.S. News & World Report.

Andrés Martinez, Professor of Practice
J.D., Columbia University
Andrés Martinez is a professor of practice at the Cronkite School and the editorial director of two ASU-affiliated editorial projects, Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles and Future Tense in Washington, D.C. At Zócalo, Martinez also writes the widely syndicated Trade Winds column, focused on the intersection of business and culture. He is a special advisor to ASU President Michael Crow.

Fran R. Matera, Director, Public Relations Lab, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Miami
Fran Matera joined the Cronkite faculty in 1989 after teaching at Florida International University and the University of Miami. She has a background in both newspapers and public relations, including stints as night copy chief at the Miami News, editor of a fine arts magazine and account executive at two Miami public relations agencies. She is the founding director of the Cronkite School's Public Relations Lab and teaches writing for public relations and public relations campaigns. Her research focuses on Hispanic audiences and is conducted in both English and Spanish.

Tim McGuire, Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism, Professor
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
Tim McGuire is the former editor and senior vice president of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and wrote a nationally syndicated column, “More Than Work,” focusing on ethics, spirituality and values in the workplace, before joining the Cronkite School in 2006 as the Frank Russell Chair in the Business of Journalism. He teaches courses in ethics and diversity and the business of journalism and serves as mentor to graduate students.

Eric Newton, Innovation Chief, Professor of Practice
M.A., University of Birmingham
Eric Newton is a global leader in the digital transformation of news. As the Innovation Chief, he drives change and experimentation at Cronkite News, the news division for Arizona PBS. Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Newton was senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He expanded the foundation’s journalism and media innovation program, overseeing the development of more than $300 million in grants. He previously was founding managing editor of the Newseum, the first major museum of news, and managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, where he helped guide the paper to numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.

Jacquee Petchel, Executive Editor, Carnegie-Knight News21, Professor of Practice
B.A., Arizona State University
Jacquee Petchel is the executive editor of the Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia investigative reporting program. A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, editor and producer, she most recently served as senior editor for investigations and enterprise at the Houston Chronicle. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Miami, Phoenix and Indianapolis and produced investigative journalism for TV in Minneapolis and Miami. Petchel earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Latin American studies from ASU, where she was a reporter and editor for The State Press, ASU’s independent student newspaper. She was inducted into the Cronkite School’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 1997.

Mike Reilley, Director, Cronkite News — Digital Production Bureau, Professor of Practice
M.S.J., Northwestern University
Mike Reilley comes to the Cronkite School after 25 years of working in digital journalism, newspapers and marketing. He is a former reporter and copy editor at the Los Angeles Times and was one of the founding editors of ChicagoTribune.com. He also has worked at WashingtonPost.com’s national news desk and has taught online journalism at DePaul University and Northwestern University. Reilley is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Board of Directors and is the founder of SPJ’s journalism resource site, The Journalist’s Toolbox.

Virgil Renzulli, Professor of Practice
B.A. University of Pennsylvania
Virgil Renzulli served as vice president of public affairs at ASU from 2002-2014 and was responsible for overseeing the university’s media and public relations offices, community, city and state relations, ASU Gammage and Eight, Arizona PBS. He continues to serve as senior adviser to President Michael M. Crow. He previously was chief communications officer at Columbia University and held similar positions at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in political science, he also studied marketing at the Wharton School, creative writing at New York University and scriptwriting at Temple University.

Rick Rodriguez, Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor, Professor of Practice
B.A., Stanford University
Rick Rodriguez is the Cronkite School’s Southwest Borderlands Initiative professor specializing in Latino and transnational news coverage. The former executive editor of The Sacramento Bee, and the first Latino president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors came to the Cronkite School in 2008 to develop a new cross-disciplinary specialization in the coverage of issues related to Latinos and the U.S.-Mexico border. While he was at the Bee, the paper won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. Rodriguez is known nationally as a champion of watchdog journalism and newsroom diversity.

Dennis E. Russell, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Utah
Dennis Russell joined the Cronkite faculty in 1991 after a decade-long career as a journalist in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He teaches a wide array of classes, including Mass Communication Law, Media Issues in American Pop Culture and Media Problems. His research focuses on mass-mediated popular culture, critical studies, film, literary and music analysis and First Amendment law. He has been published in Popular Culture Review, Studies in Popular Culture, Southwestern Mass Communication Journal and Communication and the Law.

Joseph Russomanno, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder
Joseph Russomanno joined the Cronkite School in 1994 after working as a news reporter in radio and television and as a television news writer, newscast producer and executive producer at stations in St. Louis and Denver. He has received several awards for his broadcast work. His teaching and research focus on First Amendment law. Russomanno has published three books related to First Amendment law and has written articles and opinion columns for scholarly and mass media publications.

B. William Silcock, Director of Cronkite Global Initiatives, Humphrey Program Curator, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri
A two-time Fulbright Scholar, Bill Silcock researches global television news cultures, most recently in the Balkans. He joined the faculty in 2001 after a career as a TV news director, producer and anchor/reporter. He has won national awards for his documentaries “Backstage at a Presidential Debate: The Press, the Pundits and The People,” “Fortress of Faith” and “Woodstock: Back to the Garden.” Silcock’s research examines newsroom culture, particularly news values. He teaches broadcast journalism and the history and principles of journalism.

Terry Greene Sterling, Writer-in-Residence, Faculty Associate
M.F.A., Goucher College
Terry Greene Sterling is a three-time winner of Arizona’s highest journalism honor, the Virg Hill Journalist of the Year Award and the recipient of more than 50 national and regional journalism awards. She was a staff investigative reporter at Phoenix New Times for 14 years. Her stories have appeared in The National Journal, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Arizona Highways, The Arizona Republic and others. She is author of "ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone."

Leslie-Jean Thornton, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Leslie-Jean Thornton’s research focuses on social media, professional journalism practices and digital media. She is particularly interested in the various “digital divides” that may or may not form as a result of changed distribution and reporting forms for news. She has taught online media and advanced editing at the Cronkite School since 2004 after developing similar classes for the State University of New York at New Paltz. Before accepting a Freedom Forum fellowship for her doctoral work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she was a newspaper editor in New York, Connecticut and Virginia -- most recently at The Virginian-Pilot.

Xu Wu, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Florida
Xu Wu, a native of Beijing, graduated from People’s University of China in 1992 and worked as a national correspondent and domestic news editor at Xinhua News Agency. He helped found the Xinhua Daily Telegraph, one of the leading national newspapers in China, and operated a media consulting agency there. He has taught strategic media and public relations at the Cronkite School since 2005. Wu’s research interests include international public relations, crisis management, public diplomacy and political communication.