Cronkite Faculty

Craig M. Allen

Craig M. Allen

Associate Dean, Barrett, The Honors College, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Ohio University

Craig Allen is an associate professor and associate dean of the Barrett Honors College at the Downtown Phoenix campus. He supervises Barrett’s downtown faculty, leadership team and 750 students. Allen’s leadership also includes five years as chair of the ASU University Hearing Board, past presidency of ASU’s Downtown University Senate and membership on the University Academic Council and the ASU General Studies Council. He joined the Cronkite faculty after 14 years in broadcast and print journalism and seven years teaching college journalism. He has written extensively on political media, presidential communication and the international mass media and has conducted pioneering historical research on Spanish language television.

Melanie Asp Alvarez

Melanie 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

Doug 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

Marianne Barrett

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 audience loyalty, media management, economics and policy, was awarded NATPE Faculty Development Grants in 1999 and 2017 and was named a Frank Stanton Fellow by the International Radio and Television Society in 2002 for her “outstanding contributions to electronic media education.” She was named the Louise Solheim Professor of Journalism in 2006 and was an associate dean and later senior associate dean from 2005-2017.

Rebecca Blatt

Rebecca Blatt

Assistant Dean
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.B.A., American University

As assistant dean, Rebecca Blatt oversees the Cronkite School’s master’s degree and online programs, curriculum assessment and summer programs. Blatt served in two faculty positions before becoming assistant dean. As director of the Cronkite News Digital Production Bureau, she led a team of undergraduate and graduate students who produced and managed digital content for Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS. She also previously directed the Cronkite Public Insight Network Bureau, which was awarded the prestigious ASU President’s Award for Innovation and the Associated Press Media Editors College Innovator of the Year award under her leadership. Blatt began her career in public radio at NPR, North Carolina Public Radio and WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, D.C.

Paola Boivin

Paola Boivin

Professor of Practice
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Paola Boivin is an award-winning sports columnist, who worked for The Arizona Republic for more than 20 years. Boivin teaches in the Cronkite School’s growing sports journalism programs. In addition to her duties as one of The Republic’s main sports columnists, she appeared weekly on sports radio, did extensive reporting for 12 News and engaged audiences on various social media platforms. She has won numerous awards from Associated Press Sports Editors and National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

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

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

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 1,700 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

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

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.

Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen

Knight Chair in Data Journalism
M.A., University of Maryland

Sarah Cohen is the Knight Chair focusing on data journalism. She comes to Cronkite after a 25-year career in news, most recently leading a group of New York Times reporters who focused on data- and document-driven investigations. As a database editor at The Washington Post, she shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and was a Pulitzer finalist for public service. She also served as the first Knight Chair in computational journalism at Duke University and as an adjunct instructor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Cohen also is the immediate past president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 5,000-member training organization for journalists.

Steve Crane

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.

Kevin Dale

Kevin Dale

Executive Editor, Cronkite News, Professor of Practice
B.S., Kansas State University

Kevin Dale is executive editor of Cronkite News at Arizona PBS, a multiplatform daily news operation and innovation hub operated by the Cronkite School. With more than 20 years of senior-level leadership experience, Dale oversees 15 full-time editors/professors and more than 120 students each semester who produce daily news content on TV and digital platforms for Arizona audiences. Previously, he was news director of The Denver Post, where he expanded coverage to new digital platforms. Dale also led the Post’s coverage of the Aurora theater shootings, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News.

Steve Doig

Steve Doig

Professor
B.A., Dartmouth College

Steve Doig joined the Cronkite faculty in 1996 as the school’s founding Knight Chair in Journalism following a 23-year career in newspaper journalism. He stepped down from the Knight Chair in 2017, but remains on the Cronkite faculty to concentrate on developing and teaching online data courses. 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.

Leonard Downie Jr.

Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Professor
M.A., The Ohio State University

Leonard Downie Jr. is the former executive editor and vice president 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 former 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 five nonfiction books and a novel.

Heather Lovett Dunn

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.

Tom Feuer

HTom 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.

Kristin Gilger

Kristin Gilger

Senior Associate Dean
M.A., University of Nebraska

Kristin Gilger is senior associate dean in charge of professional programs for the Cronkite School. She directs the school’s 70-plus part-time faculty members, oversees the school’s growing professional and grant programs and serves as a liaison to the news industry. She also serves as director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, both of which are part of the Cronkite School. Gilger was director of Student Media at ASU from 2002-2007, directing student publications. Before coming to ASU, she held various editing positions at half a dozen newspapers around the country, including The Arizona Republic, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La.; and the Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal.

Dan Gillmor

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

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.

Mark Hass

Craig M. Allen

Professor of Practice in Strategic Communications
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo

Mark Hass is a professor of practice at the Cronkite School and the W. P. Carey School of Business, specializing in strategic communications and marketing. He has more than three decades of experience as a journalist, entrepreneur and strategic communications professional. Hass previously served as president and CEO of the U.S. division of Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, and global CEO of MS&L Worldwide. He started his career as a reporter and editor, working for 16 years at newspapers such as The Miami Herald, The Syracuse Post-Standard and The Detroit News, where his staff won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for reporting on government corruption.

Venita Hawthorne James

Venita Hawthorne James

Director of Cronkite News – Phoenix Bureau, Professor of Practice
B.A., Lincoln University

Venita Hawthorne James is a veteran journalist with more than three decades of experience at The Arizona Republic. Hawthorne James leads coverage at the Cronkite News – Phoenix Bureau, in which students cover important stories across the state. She most recently led reporters and editors in the Republic's Community Watchdog operation, dedicated to accountability coverage of city government, growth and development, public safety, K-12 education and reader-contributed content in communities across the Phoenix metropolitan area. She also is a former chapter president and regional director of the National Association of Black Journalists and an alumnus of Leadership West.

Retha Hill

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

Jim Jacoby

Television Production Manager, Cronkite News, Lecturer
M.A.S., 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

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.

K. Hazel Kwon

K. Hazel Kwon

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

K. Hazel Kwon is an assistant professor with expertise in quantitative social media analysis. Her research interests are audience engagement in social news, online emotional contagion and networked social influence on user collaboration/collective actions. She is a recipient of multiple awards for her research, including the International Communication Association’s Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award, National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Kappa Tao Alpha Research Award and the AEJMC’s Jung-Sook Lee Award.

Andrew Leckey

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

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

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

Mark Lodato

Associate Dean, Associate General Manager for Innovation and Design
M.Ed., Arizona State University

Mark Lodato supervises the Cronkite School’s broadcast and sports curriculum. His duties also include working with the leadership team on recruitment strategies, establishing new media partnerships and development. As associate general manager for innovation and design at Arizona PBS, Lodato works to establish new strategies for integration, engagement and collaboration between the Cronkite School and the leading PBS affiliate. 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. Lodato holds a master’s in higher education administration from Arizona State University and bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Andrés Martinez

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

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.

John Misner

John Misner

Professor of Practice
B.L.S., Arizona State University

John Misner is a veteran broadcast executive, who led Phoenix’s highly rated NBC affiliate for more than a decade. He teaches and mentors students at the Cronkite School and serves as a senior advisor to Arizona PBS. He also serves as a senior advisor to the Arizona State University Foundation, assisting with development efforts and with the Central Idea and Sun Devil 365 initiatives. Misner served as president and general manager of 12 News, KPNX-TV, from 2002-2016. He also led KMSB-TV, the Fox affiliate in Tucson, and KNAZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Flagstaff, all part of TEGNA Inc. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Cronkite Endowment Board, of which he was president from 2009-2013. He also has served as chairman of the Arizona Broadcasters Association.

Eric Newton

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

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.

Jessica Pucci

Jessica Pucci

Ethics and Excellence Professor of Practice, Data Analysis and Audience Engagement
M.A., University of Missouri

Jessica Pucci is a specialist in content analysis and audience engagement. She leads social media and analytics for Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS, and teaches a course in analytics and engagement. Previously, Pucci led audience-driven brand journalism, content strategy and engagement for large national home-design and retail clients at the communications agency Manifest. She also was the managing editor at the consumer magazine DRAFT, overseeing the organization’s print, digital and social media, and has contributed to many national magazines.

Sada J. Reed

Sada J. Reed

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sada J. Reed is a veteran sports reporter and editor who specializes in teaching and researching sports journalism practices. As a journalist, Reed served on sports desks for newspapers in Illinois, Minnesota and South Carolina. She went on to earn her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where her primary research focused on sports journalists’ interactions with whistleblowers. She has published refereed articles in several leading academic journals on sports media and has presented at numerous conferences across the country.

Virgil Renzulli

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 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.

Walter V. Robinson

Walter V. Robinson

Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor
B.A., Northeastern University

Walter V. Robinson is a veteran investigative reporter and editor, who led the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning report on the Roman Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, recounted in the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight.” During 34 years at the Globe, Robinson spent seven years at the helm of the Spotlight Team, which won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He also served as the Globes’ Middle East Bureau chief during the first Persian Gulf War and has covered four presidential elections and the White House. He is the co-author of the 2002 book, “Betrayal: Crisis in the Catholic Church.”

Rick Rodriguez

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.

Vanessa Ruiz

Vanessa Ruiz

Director, Cronkite News Borderlands, Professor of Practice
B.S., Florida International University

Vanessa Ruiz directs the borderlands coverage team at Cronkite News, the student-produced, faculty-led news division of Arizona PBS, helps lead the Spanish-language newscast, Cronkite Noticias and works on special productions also at Arizona PBS. Before coming to Cronkite, Ruiz was the main evening news anchor for KPNX, the NBC affiliate station in Phoenix. Her career began with Telemundo Network’s national newscast, becoming Telemundo International’s youngest news anchor before transitioning into the English-speaking market at WSVN-FOX Miami. Ruiz was then recruited by The Broadcasting Board of Governors for TV Marti. In 2014, she became a reporter for KNBC in Los Angeles.

Dennis E. Russell

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

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.

Kenneth L. Shropshire

Kenneth Shropshire

Adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport
J.D., Columbia University

Kenneth L. Shropshire leads all aspects of the Global Sport Institute as CEO, including the Cronkite-based Sport Knowledge Lab. He recently closed out a 30-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, professor of Africana Studies, and academic director of Wharton’s sports-focused executive education programs. He now holds the title of Wharton Endowed Professor Emeritus. His research focuses on legal, business and social aspects of sports in twelve books and dozens of scholarly and popular articles.

B. William Silcock

B. William Silcock

Assistant Dean for Research and International Programs, Humphrey Program Curator, Director of Cronkite Global Initiatives
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.

Leslie-Jean Thornton

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.

Julia Wallace

Craig M. Allen

Frank Russell Chair
B.S., Northwestern University

Julia Wallace was a top media executive and high-ranking editor at four major newspapers. She was the first woman editor-in-chief of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and led a successful effort to converge TV, newspaper, radio and digital organizations at Cox Media Group Ohio. Before joining Atlanta, she was managing editor of the Arizona Republic and also served as managing editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and USA Today. As the Frank Russell Chair, Wallace teaches classes on the future of news, new business models and innovative ways of thinking about journalism at the Cronkite School. She was named the 2004 Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher Magazine. Her alma mater, Northwestern University, inducted her into the Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement and awarded her the Alumni Merit Award. While she was editor in Atlanta, the newspaper won two Pulitzer prizes. She is a national board member of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Xu Wu

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.

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Lindsey Collom

Lindsey Collom

Editor-in-Residence
B.A., Arizona State University

Lindsey Collom is editor-in-residence at the Cronkite School and a breaking news editor at The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. During her 15 years at Republic Media, she has reported on federal agencies, public safety and county government. She is the recipient of Arizona Press Club’s Sledgehammer Award and Arizona Newspaper Association’s Freedom of Information Award. Her latest role is coaching and developing a team of breaking news reporters, including students who are part of a multimedia reporting class that primarily develops news content for azcentral.com.

Valeria Fernández

Valeria Fernández

Cronkite Noticias, Faculty Associate
Valeria Fernández has been reporting on Arizona’s immigrant community and the immigration debate for more than 10 years. She was named “Latina Journalist of the Year” in 2004 by the National Association of Hispanic Publications. She co-directed and produced a documentary "Two Americans," which parallels the stories of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 9-year-old U.S. citizen whose parents were arrested during a workplace immigration raid. It won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Arizona International Film Festival. She freelances for a number of print, digital and broadcast media outlets, including CNN Español, CNN International, Radio Bilingue, PRI's The World, La Opinión and The Associated Press. She is a fellow for the International Center for Journalists.

Jason Manning

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.

Terry Greene Sterling

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."