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Steve Crane, Director of Washington Operations, Professor of Practice

Email: steve.crane@asu.edu
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Steve Crane, a longtime editor and journalism educator and administrator, was named director of the Cronkite School’s Washington operations in spring 2011. He holds the rank of professor of practice and his duties include directing the news bureau and creating new Cronkite professional programs headquartered at ASU’s Dupont House in downtown Washington.

Crane, a former Washington Times political reporter and editor, ran the Washington bureau of Capital News Service, the University of Maryland’s public affairs reporting program, from 1997 to 2005. His students’ reporting was honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Robert F. Kennedy Center, among others. He was promoted to assistant dean at Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism when then-Associate Dean Christopher Callahan left College Park, Md., to become the founding dean at Cronkite in August 2005.

As assistant dean at Maryland, Crane oversaw the school’s student-staffed news operations. These comprised daily news bureaus in Washington and the state capital of Annapolis, Md., as well as an online newsmagazine and a TV newscast. He also directed the master’s program, oversaw the curriculum on the undergraduate and master’s levels, served as the adjunct faculty director, worked closely with professional news organizations and funders, and developed and launched a new multimedia journalism certificate program for professional Washington journalists.

He was also instrumental in the construction of John S. and James L. Knight Hall, the $30 million home of the Merrill College that opened in 2010. The 54,000-square-foot building includes a mix of high-tech classrooms, computer labs, studios, public spaces, and offices and meeting areas for faculty and professional journalism centers affiliated with the college.

Crane earned a bachelor’s in journalism and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. The Ohio native worked at newspapers in Maryland and West Virginia before joining The Washington Times. He lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington with his wife, Mary, and their twin children.