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Cronkite Faculty and Leadership

The Cronkite School’s faculty consists of award-winning professional journalists and communicators and world-class media scholars.

Students learn from leading journalists such as former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., former BET Vice President Retha Hill, digital media leader Dan Gillmor, former Sacramento Bee Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor Jacquee Petchel, Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Steve Doig  and former Knight Foundation journalism innovator Eric Newton.

Many faculty members are actively involved in reporting, editing, writing and producing, while others conduct cutting-edge media research that creates new knowledge and innovation in the fields of journalism, public relations and digital communications.

Students also have the opportunity to learn from working journalists and communicators who teach as adjunct faculty in online journalism, television, radio, public relations and photojournalism.

Classroom instruction is supplemented by a robust speakers’ series that brings leading journalists and communications professionals to campus to visit classrooms and lecture on current topics. The school also regularly hosts visiting professors and scholars from around the country and around the world.

Cronkite students are supported by a national alumni association, made up of leading professionals across the country, and the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees, consisting of top media leaders who host the Cronkite Luncheon, the largest gathering of media professionals in the state, at which the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism is presented each year to a national media figure.

Students also have the support and guidance of a staff of experienced academic advisers and career services specialists who help them reach their academic and career goals.