Cronkite Faculty

Craig M. Allen

Craig Allen

Associate Professor
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.

Melanie Asp Alvarez

Melanie Alvarez
Assistant Dean
M.L.S., Arizona State University

Melanie Asp Alvarez is a longtime broadcast news manager and educator now serving as an Assistant Dean at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her focus is on the first-year Cronkite experience, with leadership in undergraduate orientation, events and student success. She also chairs the Cronkite Academic Standards Committee.

Previously, Melanie created and instructed a special topics course dedicated to training the next generation of broadcast news producers at the Cronkite School. She served as Executive Producer of Cronkite News (formerly NewsWatch) for a decade, which was consistently named the best collegiate newscast in the nation by the Broadcast Education Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to joining Cronkite, Melanie worked as a producer and executive producer for broadcast news, special projects and documentaries at stations in Los Angeles, Colorado, Florida and Arizona.

Douglas A. Anderson

Doug Anderson

Volunteer 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.

Pauline Arrillaga

Pauline Arrillaga

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.

Sadie Babits

Sadie Babits

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.

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.

Maud Beelman

Maud Beelman

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.

Rebecca Blatt

Rebecca Blatt

Assistant Dean
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.

Paola Boivin

Paola Boivin

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.

Luis Bonilla

Luis Bonilla

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.

Karen Bordeleau

Director of Communications/Professor of Practice

As the communications director, Bordeleau oversees communications for the Cronkite School and Arizona PBS. As a professor of practice, Bordeleau team-teaches the master’s in investigative journalism bootcamp through the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. Bordeleau is the retired executive editor/senior vice president of The Providence Journal and is the only woman in The Journal’s 191-year history to hold the top editor’s position. Under her leadership, The Journal won numerous state, regional and national reporting awards. The news organization was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in Public Service in 2004, which Bordeleau co-edited.

In 2014, Bordeleau was honored with the Yankee Quill — the highest individual journalism honor in New England – and in 2016, she was presented with the Judith Brown Spirit of Journalism Award, given annually to one woman who has made a significant impact on journalism in New England. Bordeleau is president of the board of directors of the New England First Amendment Coalition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island. She was a Sulzberger fellow at Columbia University in 2011.

Sharon Bramlett-Solomon

Sharon Bramlett Sullivan

Lincoln Center of Applied Ethics Professor of Media & Culture, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University

Sharon Bramlett-Solomon is an associate professor and a NewsPro Top-10 U.S. Journalism Professor. She is a recipient 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 also is the ASU Lincoln Center Past Professor of Media and Culture. She spent seven years in newspapers, public relations and radio, including reporting for The Memphis Commercial Appeal and The Louisville Courier-Journal. Her research addresses race, media and society issues, and she has published in numerous premiere academic journals. She is an editorial board member of the Howard Journal of Mass communications.

Christy Bricks

Christy Bricks

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.

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.” 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.

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

Associate 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.

Julio Cisneros

Julio Cisneros

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 of The Washington Post, where he was executive editor and vice president 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 six 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.

Isaac Easley

Isaac Easley
Instructor in Video Journalism and Innovation
B.A., Arizona State University

Isaac Easley is an instructor in video journalism and innovation. He teaches broadcast classes, produces promotional videos for the school and works with students in Cronkite News on the Local TV News Innovation project under a Knight Foundation grant. He is an Emmy Award-winning producer and three-time nominee. His company, Take It Easley Productions, provides video content for small businesses, nonprofits, and the fitness community. Before joining the Cronkite School, Easley was a content producer for the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury for six years and for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas for two years. Easley is an Arizona native who was also the convocation speaker for the Cronkite Class of 2012. 

Herm Edwards

Herm Edwards

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.

Steve Filmer

Steve Filmer

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."

Kristin Gilger

Kristin Gilger

Interim Dean
M.A., University of Nebraska

Kristin Gilger is the interim dean and Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School. She leads a team of more than 330 faculty and staff and more than 2,500 students across 10 degree programs. As interim dean, she also has responsibility for Arizona PBS. In addition, she 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. Gilger is co-author of the well-regarded book on women leaders in the news media, “There’s No Crying In Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned About What It Takes to Lead.” She served in assistant dean and associate dean roles for 15 years at Cronkite before being named interim dean in June 2020. Before coming to ASU, Gilger served as deputy managing editor for news at The Arizona Republic, managing editor of the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, and in several editing roles at The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Nebraska. kristin.gilger@asu.edu

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, 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.

Dawn Gilpin

Dawn Gilpin

Director of Research and Doctoral Studies, Associate Honors 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

Mark Hass

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.

Venita Hawthorne James

Venita Hawthorne James

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.

Andrew Heyward

Andrew Heyward

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.

Retha Hill

Retha Hill

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.

Syed Ali Hussain

Syed Ali Hussain

Assistant Professor
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.

Jim Jacoby

Jim Jacoby

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.

Brett Kurland

Brett Kurland

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.

K. Hazel Kwon

K. Hazel Kwon

Associate Professor
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.

Christina Leonard

Christina Leonard

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.

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.

Andrés Martinez

Andrés Martinez

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.

Fran R. Matera

Fran R. Matera

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.

Elizabeth Mays

Elizabeth Mays

Lecturer
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.

John Misner

John Misner

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

John Misner is the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship for Journalism’s Professor of Practice, Arizona PBS Senior Advisor, and ASU Foundation Senior Advisor. He is a veteran broadcast executive who led Phoenix’s highly-rated NBC affiliate for more than a decade and was Chief Operating Officer of Gannett’s Phoenix combined television, print and digital operation. Prior to moving to Arizona he had a variety of broadcast management roles in Atlanta, Fresno and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

Shaya Tayefe Mojaer

Bureau Chief
M.A., New York University

As the bureau chief for Cronkite News - Los Angeles, Shaya Tayefe Mohajer guides students as they produce daily digital and broadcast content relevant to Southern California and Arizona State University. Tayefe Mohajer joined the Cronkite School in 2019 after teaching at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and overseeing writing for the school’s student-led publication, Annenberg Media. Before moving into higher education, she spent more than a decade writing national news, much of that time as a reporter for The Associated Press.

Lauren Mucciolo

Lauren Mucciolo

Executive producer, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
M.A., City University of New York

Lauren Mucciolo is an executive producer at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the Cronkite School. Prior to her role at Arizona State University, Mucciolo directed, produced and co-produced a number of investigative documentaries and current affairs programs. Additionally, she spent 12 years at City College of New York leading students in production and program development. Mucciolo is a three-time Emmy nominee who has won two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and a Best Director award from the Royal Television Society, among other honors.

Jacob Nelson

Jacob Nelson

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Jacob Nelson uses qualitative and quantitative methods to study the changing relationship between journalists and their audiences. He earned his doctorate from Northwestern University’s Media, Technology, and Society Program in May 2018. His dissertation explores how three different news organizations define, pursue and measure “audience engagement,” a term portrayed by many within journalism as the answer to the industry’s ails. In 2017, he was named a Knight News Innovation Fellow by Columbia Journalism School’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

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.

Mi-Ai Parrish

Mi-Ai Parrish

Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership
B.S., University of Maryland

Mi-Ai Parrish is the Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership at the Cronkite School. She also is the CEO and president of MAP Strategies Group, based in Phoenix. Previously, she was president and publisher of USA TODAY NETWORK Arizona, The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. She served as president and publisher of the Kansas City Star and kansascity.com for four years, and president and publisher of Idaho's largest media company for five years prior to that. She was a journalist for 15 years, ranging from the Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Arizona Republic, (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune and Virginian-Pilot.

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

Associate Dean and Director of Digital Audience Programs
M.A., University of Missouri

As associate dean, Jessica Pucci leads the Cronkite School’s undergraduate recruitment, online degree programs, Los Angeles expansion, and strategic communications programs, including the school’s Digital Audiences degrees and oversight of the Digital Audiences Lab and PR Lab. She also leads the school’s executive education programs and synergies that leverage the school’s expertise in audience growth, engagement and measurement, including partnerships with the NCAA Final Four, and the award-winning Electionland project. Prior to her current role, Pucci served as director of Digital Audience Programs and director of the Cronkite News social media team. She began her career as a food and travel journalist, and later held editorial posts at various consumer magazines before working as a digital strategist for national retail clients.

Mark Reda

Mark Reda

Lecturer
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Mark Reda is a lecturer and supervises the webcast production of nearly 100 ASU athletics events for the Pac-12 Network. Reda was a Cronkite adjunct professor teaching sports reporting from 2015-2017. From 2009-2014, he oversaw the student-led production of an ASU sports magazine program that aired on Fox Sports Arizona. Reda spent over 35 years in live sports broadcasting. He has been awarded 11 regional and national Emmys and was honored by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences with a Silver Circle Award. Reda is the first vice-president/awards chair of the RMSR Board of Governors. He has been on the board for 10 years.

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.

Walter V. Robinson

Walter V. Robinson

Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Investigative Journalism
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.

Kristy Roschke

Kristy Roschke

Managing Director, Cronkite News Co/Lab
Ph.D., Arizona State University

Kristy Roschke is a media scholar and educator. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from ASU. She has taught journalism, digital media production and media literacy courses at the university and high school levels for 15 years. She co-taught a digital media literacy massive open online course (MOOC) that served as the basis for her doctoral dissertation. Roschke is the managing director of Cronkite’s News Co/Lab, a national leader in advancing media literacy through journalism, education and technology.

Vanessa Ruiz

Vanessa Ruiz

Director for Diversity Initiatives and Community Engagement
Masters in Liberal Studies, Arizona State University

As director for diversity initiatives and community engagement, Vanessa Ruiz leads Cronkite’s strategy and tactical planning for recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and students, as well as first-generation college students. She also serves as the lead instructor for the ethics and diversity courses, works with our student clubs and organizations to ensure they are diverse and inclusive and designs ongoing professional development and leadership pathways for faculty and faculty associates in diversity, equity and inclusion. As an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, Vanessa also teaches on-air skills to Cronkite News students, preparing them for professional success while leading the charge on changing industry standards relevant to what journalists should look and sound like on air. Ruiz also serves as news anchor and host. 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, before transitioning into the English-speaking market at WSVN-FOX Miami. Ruiz has also worked at the NBC station in Los Angeles and the U.S. Agency for Global Media. She has been recognized by the National Academy of Arts & Sciences and received the David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award. She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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

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.

Fernanda Santos

Fernanda Santos

Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor
M.S., Boston University

Fernanda Santos is a Southwest Borderlands Initiative professor of practice, teaching narrative journalism and bilingual reporting. She joined Cronkite after 12 years at The New York Times, where she served as Phoenix Bureau chief for five years. Her book, "The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots," won the Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award for Best First Nonfiction Book. She also is a recipient of the Kiplinger, International Reporting Project and Casey Children and Family fellowships, and a board member at the Arizona Latino Media Association.

Lisa Schmidtke

Lisa Schmidtke
Director, Public Relations Lab, Professor of Practice

B.A., Arizona State University

Lisa has deep experience leading strategic marketing and communications initiatives, primarily in the health and technology space. She leads the Cronkite School’s Public Relations Lab, working with students and clients on PR and marketing campaigns to provide a practical learning environment for students while generating results for clients. Lisa most recently served as the general manager at a global marketing agency, Allison+Partners. As GM, Lisa oversaw day-to-day operations, client services and the team at the Scottsdale office. In addition, she led client communications for a variety of national clients and spearheaded the healthcare offerings of the agency.

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 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

Julia Wallace

Frank Russell Chair in the Business of Journalism
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 in the Business of Journalism, 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.

Maureen West

Maureen West

Editor-in-Residence
MNpS, Arizona State University

Maureen West teaches newswriting to graduate students and undergraduates. She was previously a reporter and editor and for The Arizona Republic, and a correspondent for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the AARP Bulletin, and wrote for the Center for Public Integrity. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism. She earned a master's degree in nonprofit studies at ASU and holds a graduate certificate in program evaluation from Claremont Graduate University. She is a former Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

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.

Affiliated Cronkite Faculty

David Ariosto

David Ariosto

Visiting Professor
David Ariosto, an author and veteran journalist, is a visiting professor at the Cronkite School. Ariosto has managed, produced and written pieces for National Geographic, Time Magazine, NPR, Reuters, CNN and Al Jazeera America, and he spent two years as a Havana, Cuba-based photojournalist for CNN. His book, “This is Cuba: An American Journalist Under Castro’s Shadow,” was released in 2018. Based in Phoenix, Ariosto earned a master’s degree of public policy from George Mason University. He will lead a group of students on a year-long investigative reporting project into the alarming increase of teen suicides in Arizona.

Steven Beschloss

Steven Beschloss

Senior Director for Narrative Development, Professor of Practice
M.S.J., Northwestern University

Steven Beschloss is an award-winning writer, journalist and filmmaker. He is senior director of narrative development under the ASU President’s Office and is leading a narrative storytelling initiative across the university. His articles and essays have been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler and dozens of others. He also has written and produced films in New York, Los Angeles, Finland, Russia and France, including “The Miracle” about journalism and spiritual life in post-Soviet Russia. His most recent book is "The Gunman and His Mother: Lee Harvey Oswald, Marguerite Oswald, and The Making of an Assassin,” which is the basis for a multipart television series now in development.

Torie Bosch

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

Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, a joint collaboration between New America, Slate magazine, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies and their effects on public policy and society. She was the co-editor of the anthologies, What Future: The Year’s Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate, and Reinvent Our Future (Unnamed Press, 2017) and Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow (Unnamed Press, 2019). Prior to joining Future Tense, she was an associate editor at Slate, where she edited the medical and religion departments, wrote and produced videos, and served as the site’s first social media coordinator.

Michael Cruz

Michael Cruz

Editor-in-Residence
Mike Cruz has been a breaking news editor at the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com since August 2018. Prior to that, he worked in roles as an editor and reporter from 2005 to 2018 at the Southern California News Group, particularly the Inland-area newspapers of the San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. As a courts reporter for The Sun, Mike covered scores of criminal and civil hearings and trials, including several death penalty cases, and breaking news stories. He later became a city editor and breaking news editor for SCNG. Born and raised in Southern California, Mike got his start in journalism in 1994.

Gregg P. Leslie

Gregg Leslie

Executive Director, ASU Law School First Amendment Clinic, Professor of Practice
J.D., Georgetown University

Gregg Leslie is the executive director of the First Amendment Clinic and a professor of practice at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He had previously been the legal defense director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, an organization dedicated to helping journalists with legal issues. Leslie has served on the governing committee of the Communications Law Forum of the American Bar Association, and was a member of the ABA's Fair Trial and Free Press Task Force. Before law school, Leslie was a journalist with a Washington business and political magazine.

Jason Manning

Jason Manning

Executive Director, Strategic Communication and Digital Media for Educational Outreach and Student Services, Professor of Practice
M.S., 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. Manning holds a master’s degree in history from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with certification in Latin American Studies, from the University of Florida.

Kaila White Roberts

Kaila White

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

Kaila White Roberts is a breaking-news editor for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, where she coaches reporters and interns to find and cover news that affects and reflects local communities day to day. She most recently was an editor on the Republic’s podcast team and is the host of its Valley 101 podcast, which is an in-depth narrative podcast answering questions the public submits about metro Phoenix. Previously, she was a Republic reporter for six years, writing stories about social issues, diversity, politics and more. She is passionate about using social media as a reporting tool and has used it to find original stories and sources during the Country Thunder music festival, the 2019 teacher walkouts in Oklahoma and Arizona, high-profile accidents and crashes, and mass shootings. For the past four years, she has also been an emcee and coach with the Arizona Storytellers Project, a series of live events in which journalists coach people to tell true, first-person stories on stage. She is also a passionate member of the Republic’s Diversity Committee, which works to ensure our coverage accurately and fairly reflects the diverse people and communities of Arizona.

Terry Greene Sterling

Terry Greene Sterling

Writer-in-Residence
M.F.A., Goucher College

Terry Greene Sterling has long written about the people, policies and landscapes of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Fluent in Spanish, Greene Sterling was a Phoenix New Times staff writer for 14 years, and has written for The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Slate, Village Voice, The Guardian, The Arizona Republic and Salon.com, among others. She was named Arizona’s Journalist of the Year three times among more than 50 journalism awards. They include a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, a National Association of Black Journalists First Place in Feature Writing, and a Society of Professional Journalists Silver Key Award for 25 years of notable journalism. She authored "Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone" in 2010, and has taught narrative nonfiction for 15 years at the Cronkite School, where she is writer-in-residence and affiliated faculty. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College.