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Ph.D., Ohio University
Craig Allen is an associate professor of the Barrett Honors College at the Downtown Phoenix campus. He also chairs the ASU University Hearing Board. 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.
Executive Editor, Elemental
M.L.S., Arizona State University
Melanie Asp Alvarez is the executive editor at Elemental, a multimedia collaboration between public radio and public television stations in key western cities covering sustainability issues including water, renewable energy, climate change and urbanization. Previously, she instructed and supervised student producers for the award-winning student-produced newscast, Cronkite News. Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Alvarez worked as a newscast producer at KKTV-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado; WTSP-TV in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Flordia; 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.
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.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Professor of Practice in Health News
B.A., University of North Texas
Pauline Arrillaga leads a team of students at Cronkite News whose coverage focuses on health care issues in underserved communities across the Southwest. Prior to her current role, she worked for 27 years with The Associated Press. She received numerous accolades throughout her journalism career, including the RFK Journalism Award and the John Seigenthaler Prize for Courage in Reporting. Her work examining the effects of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on children and families named her as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting.
Sustainability Director, Cronkite News
B.A., Boise State University
Sadie Babits is the sustainability director for Cronkite News, a division of Arizona PBS. She has nearly 20 years of award-winning public radio experience and has focused much of her reporting on public lands, water, climate change and western issues. Prior to joining the Cronkite School, she spent an academic year as a Ted Scripps Environmental Reporting Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis on international relations from Boise State University.
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.
Executive Editor, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
M.A., University of Florida
Maud Beelman is the founding executive editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and a professor of practice at the Cronkite School. Before joining the faculty in 2019, she was the U.S. Investigations Editor for The Associated Press. Beelman is the founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, leading ICIJ from its inception in 1997 to 2004. For the next 10 years, she directed local, regional and national investigations for The Dallas Morning News. She is also a former war and foreign correspondent, covering German unification, Mideast conflict and the wars in former Yugoslavia. Her work has received many honors, including the George Polk, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi awards. She serves on the board of directors of the Alicia Patterson Foundation and is a longtime IRE member and newsroom trainer.
M.B.A., American University
M.A., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
As assistant dean, Rebecca Blatt oversees the Cronkite School’s master’s degree and online programs, curriculum assessment, academic integrity and new program development. 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.
Digital Director of the Cronkite News Phoenix Sports Bureau
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.
Director, Digital Audiences Lab, Professor of Practice
B.A., Brigham Young University
Luis Bonilla is a digital marketing professional, specializing in organic search and digital audience development. He leads the Cronkite School’s Digital Audiences Lab, guiding students on how to research and define audience data for real-word clients. Previously, Bonilla was the digital services architect, ticket sales for the Phoenix Suns and helped with strategy and execution of multiple digital channels, including search engine optimization, website analytics, and social media. He also recently started a digital marketing company to help small businesses increase website performance.
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.
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.” He is currently helping to lead a $5.3 million research project on Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing, collaborating with 20 scientists and 10 ranchers focused on soil health and soil carbon storage, microbial/bug/bird biodiversity, water cycling and more. Byck is preparing to release a feature-length documentary (in ten parts), "Carbon Cowboys," focused on regenerative grazing, and is in production on a long-form documentary on the AMP grazing research project. Byck’s first documentary, “Garbage,” won the South by Southwest Film Festival. Byck’s second documentary, “Carbon Nation,” has screened all over the world.
Executive Producer, Cronkite News
M.A., Arizona State University
Christy Bricks is the executive producer of Cronkite News, the award-winning, student-produced newscast on Arizona PBS. Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Bricks was the 10 p.m. newscast producer at KPNX-TV in Phoenix and the weekend producer at KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona. Before earning her master's degree from the Cronkite School, Bricks was a military broadcaster for the U.S. Air Force where, she covered stories across Europe and Iraq. Bricks has won eight Rocky Mountain Emmys, a regional Edward R. Murrow and a Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest broadcasting honor in the Department of Defense.
Dean, University Vice Provost and Arizona PBS CEO
M.P.A., Harvard University
Christopher Callahan is the founding dean of the Cronkite School, leading a team of nearly 400 faculty and staff and 2,500 students across 10 degree programs. He is the architect of the school’s signature professional immersion programs that provide deep experiential learning for students and important news and information to the state, region and nation. He also serves as vice provost of the 13,000-student, seven-college Downtown Phoenix campus, and is CEO of Arizona PBS, the nation’s seventh-largest PBS station. Callahan is chair of the Hearst Awards Steering Committee, has led 13 accreditation teams to review the nation’s top journalism schools and won the Scripps Award for Journalism Administrator of the Year. 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."
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.
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.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Professor of Practice in Health News
B.A., Universidad San Carlos
Cisneros is one of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Professors of Practice in Health News. He works with a team of students in Cronkite News who cover health care issues in the Southwest, with a particular focus on Latino and Native American communities. Cisneros is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with 23 years of experience as a reporter, director and editor at Spanish-language television, radio and digital outlets, including Telemundo and Univision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head Football Coach, Arizona State University, Professor of Practice
B.S., San Diego State University
Herm Edwards is Arizona State University’s football coach and a former NFL player who has coached at the professional and collegiate levels over the past 20 years. He came to ASU following nine years as an NFL analyst for ESPN and is known as a dynamic public speaker as well as a philanthropist. Edwards received the 2012 Walter Camp Foundation Man of the Year Award for his longtime commitment and contributions to football. In 2017, he received the inaugural Voices Leadership Award from that organization for his support of families, survivors and first responders of Sept. 11. Edwards is active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and his own Herman L. Edwards Family Youth Foundation.
B.A., Arizona State University
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.
Executive Producer, Cronkite Television Magazine Program
B.S., Boston University
Steve Filmer is the executive producer of the Cronkite School's Television Magazine professional program. Filmer joined the Cronkite School after years as an on-camera correspondent and producer for programs including ABC’s "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight" and many national cable shows. He has won numerous Emmy Awards for his work in local news as well as magazine shows like "Arizona Highways Television."
Senior Associate Dean, Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism
M.A., University of Nebraska
Kristin Gilger is senior associate dean and Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School. She oversees professional programs, adjunct faculty, curriculum development and grant programs, among other things. She also serves as executive director of two centers at the Cronkite School – the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the National Center on Disability and Journalism.
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, one of the first mainstream journalism blogs. In 2004, he published “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People,” the leading book on citizen journalism. He leads Cronkite's News Co/Lab and the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute.
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.
Professor of Practice
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
Mark Hass is a professor of practice and a member of the Barrett Honors faculty at the W. P. Carey School of Business and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University, where he specializes in strategic communications and marketing. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to corporate social activism and brand-based storytelling, internet privacy and data as a marketing tool, and has more than three decades of experience as a journalist, entrepreneur and communications professional.
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.
Senior Research Professor for TV News
B.A., Harvard University
Andrew Heyward is a nationally known news executive, award-winning producer and expert on the changing media landscape. He directs the research arm of a three-part project at ASU to promote local TV news innovation through research, collaboration and experimentation. Heyward also serves as a visiting scholar at the laboratory for social machines at MIT, where he is working on artificial intelligence tools to strengthen local journalism. Heyward was president of CBS News, from January 1996 through November 2005. He previously served as executive producer of The CBS Evening News and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.
Director, New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship 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 and Entrepreneurship Lab, Hill works with students from multiple disciplines, including journalism, to research and develop digital media products for media companies.
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Ali Hussain is an assistant professor of digital audience engagement. He has more than 11 years of experience in designing and implementing persuasive communication campaigns using both traditional and new media technologies including mobile phones. During his doctoral studies at Michigan State University, Hussain has worked on NSF and USAID funded projects. He has specifically pioneered the use of nostalgic emotions for health communication. His scholarship is published in a book chapter as well as Communication Research Reports, among other journals.
Director of Studio Production, Cronkite School and Arizona PBS
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.
Director of Sports Programs, 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.
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
K. Hazel Kwon is an associate 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.
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.
Executive Editor, Cronkite News, Professor of Practice
B.A., University of Oklahoma
Christina Leonard is executive editor of Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS. She previously led 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.
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.
Associate Dean, Associate General Manager for Innovation and Design
M.Ed., Arizona State University
Mark Lodato leads undergraduate recruitment and retention efforts and supervises the Cronkite School’s broadcast and sports curriculum. His duties also include leadership of academic services and student success, establishing new media partnerships and development. Since joining the Cronkite School in 2006, Lodato has established new partnerships with leading media corporations including NBC News, ABC News, Univision, Meredith Corporation, Scripps Corporation, Fox Sports Arizona, the Pac-12 Networks and Cox Communications. He is the 2014 recipient of the ASU Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Curricular Innovation and a member of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy class of 2013.
Professor of Practice
J.D., Columbia University
Andrés Martinez is a special advisor to ASU President Michael Crow, a professor of practice in the Cronkite School and the editorial director of Future Tense, a Washington, D.C.-based ideas journalism partnership between ASU, Slate magazine, and New America. Martinez, a frequent writer on economic issues and U.S.-Mexico relations, is currently working on a book project focused on the globalization of the English Premier League, and other sports leagues.
Founding 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.
M.M.C., Arizona State University
Elizabeth Mays teaches and has developed curriculum for the Cronkite School’s Digital Audiences courses. She has done digital marketing for a variety of organizations including the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the Cronkite School. Mays is an active participant in the open education movement, having worked with Rebus Foundation and Pressbooks. She is the editor of the collaboratively built open textbook, A Guide to Making Open Textbooks With Students, which won a 2018 Open Education Award for Excellence from the Open Education Consortium. She also is co-editor of the collaboratively built open textbook, Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship.