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Principles and History of Journalism, JMC 110
He is responsible for 300 employees, 2,000 students, a $30 million annual operating budget and a weekly audience of 1 million viewers in the combined Cronkite/Arizona PBS operation. As vice provost, he is the lead university officer for the growing decade-old campus in downtown Phoenix, which includes six colleges and 13,000 students across an urban campus deeply embedded in the community.
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, Harvard University’s Nieman Reports 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, the Cronkite Public Relations Lab and Cronkite Noticias, a Spanish-language multiplatform news outlet.
Callahan also created new programs and partnerships with partners, including the Mayo Clinic, the RAND Corp., the MIT Media Lab and dozens of media outlets around the country.
Under his leadership, the faculty has nearly tripled in size. He recruited five Pulitzer Prize winners, leaders in journalism and strategic communications and prolific mass media scholars. 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 more than $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 won 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. He also serves as chairman of the Hearst Awards Steering Committee and the Committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the discipline’s national accrediting body.
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 came to ASU from the University of Maryland, where he served as associate dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and senior editor of the American Journalism Review.
He lives in Scottsdale with his wife, Jeanmarie, vice president of human capital at Matrix Medical Network. They have two sons, Cody, a mathematical modeler specializing in baseball analytics for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Casey, a student at ASU’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering.