Cronkite Faculty

Craig M. Allen, 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 Alvarez, Executive Producer, Cronkite NewsWatch, Lecturer
B.A., University of Southern California
Melanie Asp Alvarez instructs and supervises student producers for the award-winning student-produced live newscast, Cronkite NewsWatch. In April 2010, NewsWatch was awarded Best of Festival by the Broadcast Education Association, making it the top student newscast in the United States. Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Alvarez worked as a newscast producer at KKTV in Colorado Springs, Colo.; WTSP in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.; and KPHO in Phoenix, where she also served as an executive producer for the morning newscast and special projects. Alvarez has received several regional Emmy nominations.

Marianne Barrett, Senior Associate Dean, Solheim Professor, Associate 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 88.5 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, Associate Professor, Lincoln Center of Applied Ethics Professor of Media & Culture
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 or 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.

Aaron Brown, Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism, Professor of Practice
Aaron Brown is the inaugural Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism. The former lead anchor for CNN joined the Cronkite School in January 2008 and teaches a seminar “Turning Points in Television News History.” Brown was news anchor of CNN’s flagship show “NewsNight” from 2001 to 2005, covering stories from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to the 2004 presidential elections and the Iraq War. He is a winner of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award. Brown recently returned to television to host “Wide Angle,” a PBS weekly global public affairs series.

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. Byck is currently 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 and University Vice Provost
Christopher Callahan is the founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School. He is responsible for leading a 75-member faculty and staff and 1,300 students. Prior to joining ASU, Callahan was associate dean at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and senior editor of American Journalism Review. He is a member of the Hearst Awards steering committee. 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 25 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 JMC 315 Intermediate Reporting and Writing for broadcast students.

Sue Clark-Johnson, Director, Morrison Institute for Public Affairs in College of Public Programs (Joint Faculty Appointment)
Sue Clark-Johnson, director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, has a joint faculty appointment with the Cronkite School. As president of the newspaper division of Gannett Co. and former publisher of The Arizona Republic, Clark-Johnson was head of the nation’s largest newspaper group. She spent 41 years as a reporter, editor, publisher and senior executive at Gannett Co. She has also served as chairwoman of the Newspaper Association of America.

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 United States. 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
MBA, 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 University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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 to 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's Philip Merrill College of Journalism and chairman of the board of advisers of Kaiser Health News. He is the author of four nonfiction books and a novel.

Steve Elliott, Director of Digital News, Cronkite News Service, Professor of Practice
MBA, Arizona State University
Steve Elliott is the founding director of Cronkite News Service’s print journalism program. He joined the Cronkite School in September 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, Elliott leads groups of advanced students in coverage of statewide stories for newspapers and news Web sites. Their stories appear regularly in nearly 30 publications across the state and region.

Tom Feuer, Director of Santa Monica Sports Bureau, Professor of Practice
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Tom Feuer heads the Santa Monica Bureau of Cronkite Sports where students cover professional, intercollegiate and prep 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. He also directs student work.

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 News21 program and of the National Center on Disability and Journalism, both headquartered at the Cronkite School. 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, La., 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. 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.

Dawn Gilpin, Assistant 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 & 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 at the Cronkite School.

Susan Green, Assistant News Director and Broadcast Director, Cronkite News Service
B.A., Arizona State University
Susan Green is the founding broadcast director of the Cronkite News Service and assistant news director. She came to ASU in August 2006 from KNXV-TV, where she served as managing editor at the ABC affiliate. In her 21 years as a broadcast professional, Green held positions at stations in Phoenix, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York City. At Cronkite News Service, she works with advanced broadcast students to produce news stories and packages that are distributed to television stations across the state.

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 At the New Media Innovation Lab, Hill works with students from multiple disciplines, including journalism, to research and develop new media products for media companies.

Jim Jacoby, Cronkite NewsWatch Television Production Manager, Lecturer
B.A., Arizona State University
Jim Jacoby joined the Cronkite School faculty after 20 years in television news. An Emmy award-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 does graphics for the Arizona Cardinals, Sun Devil Football, and several local production companies.

Aric Johnson, Arizona Republic Editor-in-Residence
B.A., University of Southern California
Aric Johnson is the school’s first Arizona Republic Editor in Residence, overseeing students in a multimedia reporting class in which they report breaking news for, Arizona’s most viewed news website. He works out of the Republic’s newsroom, coaching students and editing their work. Johnson worked at newspapers in California and Nevada before coming to the Republic, where he has served as assistant business editor, education editor and editor of the Tempe Republic.

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. He is a longtime syndicated investment columnist for the Chicago Tribune, former CNBC anchor and the author or editor of 10 financial books. He received the National Association of Investors Corporation’s Distinguished Award in Investment Education and was founding director of the Bloomberg Business Journalism Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

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.

Mark Lodato, Assistant Dean, News Director, Professor of Practice
B.J., University of Missouri
Mark Lodato joined the Cronkite School in 2006 after 16 years as a television reporter and anchor for stations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Phoenix and Ft. Myers, Fla. He also served as news director at the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism. At the Cronkite School, Lodato oversees the broadcast curriculum and works with advanced students in the school’s award-winning, student-produced newscast, Cronkite NewsWatch, which airs four times each week to 1.2 million homes on Arizona PBS.

Jason Manning, Director of Student Media
M.A., George Mason University
Jason Manning is director of student media at Arizona State University, where he serves as adviser and publisher of the university's student-run news outlets, the State Press,, State Press Multimedia and State Press Magazine. He also is a faculty member at the Cronkite School. Prior to joining ASU, he was the politics editor for, where he led the website’s coverage of the federal government and national campaign politics.

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.

Micheline Maynard, Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism
B.S., Michigan State University
Micheline Maynard is a veteran business journalist who has worked at publications including New York Newsday, USA Today and The New York Times. She was a bureau chief and senior business correspondent at the Times, based in Detroit, until 2010 when she left to become senior editor of a two-year NPR grant project called “Changing Gears.” She is a contributor to Forbes and Time, writing about transportation and urban topics. She recently launched a new crowd-funded journalism venture, “Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around,” examining why people are driving less and turning to different types of transportation.

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, the nation’s 17th largest daily newspaper. 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.

Jacquee Petchel, Executive Editor, Carnegie-Knight News21
B.A., Arizona State University
Jacquee Petchel is the executive editor of the Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia investigative reporting initiative. An award-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 Arizona State University, 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.

Rick Rodriguez, Carnegie Professor of Journalism, Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor, Professor of Practice
B.A., Stanford University
Rick Rodriguez is the Cronkite School’s first Carnegie Professor specializing in Latino and transnational news coverage. The former executive editor of The Sacramento Bee in Sacramento, Calif., 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 print 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. He has worked 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 broadcast issues and 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. He teaches media law.

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, Chapel Hill
Leslie-Jean Thornton’s research focuses on professional journalism practices, convergence and new 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 (New China) 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.

G. Pascal Zachary Professor of Practice (Joint Faculty Appointment with the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes)
B.A., SUNY at Albany
G. Pascal Zachary was a senior writer with The Wall Street Journal for 13 years and a technology columnist with The New York Times for two years. He has worked as a magazine editor for Time Inc. and as a reporter for The San Jose Mercury News and for three alternative weekly newspapers. Zachary has taught journalism and writing at Stanford University and UC Berkeley and is the author of four books, including "The Diversity Advantage" and "Married to Africa."