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Christopher Callahan, Dean, University Vice Provost and Arizona PBS CEO

Email: christopher.callahan@asu.edu
Office: Room 304A
Phone: 602.496.5012

Curriculum Vitae

Principles and History of Journalism, JMC 110

Christopher Callahan is the founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, vice provost of the Downtown Phoenix Campus and CEO of Arizona PBS. He came to ASU in August 2005 from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where he served as associate dean and senior editor of the American Journalism Review.

Under Callahan’s leadership, the Cronkite School has transformed into a national journalism leader known for its focus on multimedia journalism, innovation and entrepreneurship, intensive professional experiences and partnerships with news outlets. Cronkite has become a leader in providing news content to local, regional and national news organizations as well as directly to consumers through a series of innovative programs on all platforms. The school has been the centerpiece of articles about U.S. journalism education in The New York Times, The Times of London and USA Today.

Over the past decade, Callahan has brought to the Cronkite School the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, the Carnegie-Knight News21 digital journalism initiative, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program for international journalists.

He spearheaded the creation of a dozen professional programs for students, including Cronkite News, a multiplatform news operation that features a nightly student-produced newscast on Arizona PBS, a robust multimedia website cronkitenews.azpbs.org and news bureaus in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Other professional programs include the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab and the Cronkite Public Relations Lab.

Callahan also created new programs and partnerships with partners, including The Arizona Republic, ABC News, Meredith Corp., msnbc.com, the Center for Public Integrity and The Washington Post.

Under his leadership, the faculty has nearly doubled in size. New faculty members include former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., three Pulitzer Prize winners, and leaders in journalism and strategic communications. He also led the planning for the Cronkite School’s $71 million state-of-the art home on a new campus in downtown Phoenix and raised $60 million from foundations, corporations and individual donors.

Over the past decade, Cronkite students have the nation’s best record in the major intercollegiate journalism competitions – the Hearst Awards and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards – and three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and two Emmys.

In 2010, Callahan was named the Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Administrator of the Year. In 2011, he was appointed vice provost of the university’s Phoenix campus and became the first journalism dean to join the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors.

Callahan is the author of “A Journalist's Guide to the Internet,” now in its third edition. In 2004, he led a joint study by Maryland and UNITY: Journalists of Color Inc. that explored the lack of racial diversity in the Washington press corps. Before entering journalism education, Callahan was a correspondent for The Associated Press in Washington and New England. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University’s College of Communication.

He lives in Scottsdale with his wife, Jeanmarie, vice president of human capital at Matrix Medical Network, and their sons, Cody, who work works for the Arizona Diamondbacks in baseball analytics, and Casey, a student at ASU.