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Every year at the Cronkite School, a visiting professor of ethics teaches ethics and diversity and supports related activities and curriculum. Throughout the semester at Cronkite, these experts and industry leaders also speak on topics pertaining to ethics in settings large and small.
The visiting professorship is made possible through grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation of Oklahoma City and named in honor of Edith Kinney Gaylord.
Ms. Gaylord, the daughter of Daily Oklahoman Publisher E.K. Gaylord, launched her journalism career at her father’s newspaper in 1937 after graduating from college. In 1942, she joined The Associated Press in New York. The following year, she went to the AP’s Washington bureau, where she covered the Roosevelt administration and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II.
Gaylord created the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in 1982 to improve the quality of journalism by supporting research and creative projects that promote excellence and foster high ethical standards in journalism.
The following leading professionals have served as the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics:
|Walter V. Robinson
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.”
Karen Bordeleau is the former executive editor of The Providence Journal. She was the first woman in The Journal’s 188-year history to hold the title of senior vice president and executive editor. Under her leadership, The Journal has won numerous state, regional and national reporting awards. Bordeleau has taught journalism for 21 years at institutions of higher education including Emerson College, Northeastern University, the University of Rhode Island and Bryant University.
Veteran journalist Milton Coleman, the former senior editor at The Washington Post and ombudsman for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, has been a leading figure in championing ethics and diversity in journalism throughout his four-decade career. Coleman started at the Post in 1976 as a reporter covering government and politics and later became city editor then assistant managing editor in charge of metropolitan news. He is an inductee into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Professional Journalists and served as jury chairman for the Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism and as a judge for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.
For the past 20 years, Peter Bhatia served as editor, executive editor and managing editor of The Oregonian/Oregonian Media Group in Portland. He previously worked as editor or managing editor at four other newspapers. The newsrooms he has led have been awarded a total of nine Pulitzer Prizes, including six at The Oregonian. He was the first journalist of South Asian descent to lead a major daily newspaper in the U.S. He was inducted into the South Asian Journalists Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and was the recipient of the 2004 Asian American Journalists Association Pioneer in Journalism Award.
Joe Hengemuehler, a 25-year veteran of the broadcast industry, is the former news director at KNXV-TV, Phoenix’s ABC affiliate. He spent 10 years working for the Scripps-owned KNXV-TV, including six years as the station’s news director. Prior to coming to ABC15, Hengemuehler served as news director at KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City; senior executive producer at WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.; executive producer at KPNX-TV, Phoenix; and morning news producer and 10 p.m. producer at KTSP-TV (now KSAZ-TV), Phoenix.
|Sandra Mims Rowe
As editor of The Oregonian, Sandra Mims Rowe led the paper to five Pulitzer Prizes, including the Gold Medal for Public Service, before her retirement in 2010. Prior to that, she served as executive editor and vice president of The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star in Norfolk, Va., for nearly 10 years. A past president of the American Society of News Editors, Rowe was named chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists in May 2011. She chaired the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2002–2003 and was a board member from 1994–2003.
Most recently executive editor of the Detroit Free Press (2005 to 2008), Caesar Andrews (spring 2011) has served as editor of Gannett News Service with oversight of the Washington bureau and was a member of the original staff of USA Today. He has also been a Distinguished Visiting Chair for Ethics and Writing in Journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at University of Nevada, Reno, in 2010 and had a similar visiting position at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., in fall 2009.
Veteran newspaper editor Sharon Rosenhause (fall 2009) recently retired as managing editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The secretary and board member of the Institute for Justice and Journalism has been awarded the Robert G. McGruder Award for Leadership in Diversity. Before joining the Sun-Sentinel, she was managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner and editor of the San Francisco Chronicle's PM Edition. She also has worked for the Bergen (N.J.) Record, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News.
|N. Christian Anderson III
A former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, N. Christian Anderson III (fall 2008) has been credited with leading the Orange County Register to two Pulitzers. Anderson ascended from editor of the Register at age 30 to the role of executive editor of the paper's parent corporation, Freedom Newspapers Inc. He then became the Register’s executive vice president and publisher and later, publisher and CEO of the paper and senior vice president of Freedom. Today, he is publisher of The Oregonian.
Ellen Soeteber (spring 2008) is the former top editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the first woman to hold the top position at the newspaper. At the Post-Dispatch, Soeteber introduced a host of ethics and diversity initiatives including the newspaper's first-ever ethics policy, new strict corrections policies requiring public acknowledgement and internal reviews of all errors, and a diversity campaign that increased the representation of journalists of color in the Post-Dispatch's newsroom by 30 percent. She has also served as a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
|James N. Crutchfield
As publisher and president of the Akron Beacon Journal from 2001 to 2006, James N. Crutchfield (spring 2007) was among the nation's few African-American publishers of a major metropolitan newspaper. He was at the Journal at the inception of a racial-attitudes exploration that ultimately garnered the paper a Pulitzer. Crutchfield has also been state capital bureau chief, assistant city editor, deputy city editor, city editor, metropolitan editor and deputy managing editor at the Detroit Free Press. Crutchfield is now Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism and Multimedia Arts at Duquesne University.