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Howard Center for Investigative Journalism Faculty

The Cronkite School has an extraordinary array of talented professional faculty focused on investigative reporting. They include five Pulitzer Prize winners who serve as the core faculty of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.

Maud Bellman

Maud Beelman
The founding executive editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and a professor of practice at the Cronkite School is the former U.S. Investigations Editor for The Associated Press. The founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Beelman directed investigations for The Dallas Morning News and served as a war correspondent.

Leonard Downie Jr.

Leonard Downie Jr.
The Weil Family Professor of Journalism is the former executive editor of The Washington Post. Downie led the newspaper to more Pulitzer Prizes than any editor in history. A founding member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, he specialized in investigative reporting throughout his career and teaches Cronkite courses on accountability journalism.

Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen
The Knight Chair in Data Journalism came to the Cronkite School from The New York Times, where she served as data editor. She won a Pulitzer Prize at The Washington Post, where she also was data editor. She was president of Investigative Reporters & Editors and served as the Knight Professor at Duke University. She teaches data journalism at Cronkite.

Walter V. Robinson

Walter V. Robinson
The Donald W. Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism is the former editor of The Boston Globe’s famed Spotlight investigative team. He won a Pulitzer Prize for work uncovering the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, which became the basis for the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight.” He teaches a course in investigative reporting at Cronkite.

Jacquee Petchel

Jacquee Petchel
A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist at The Miami Herald and an Emmy award-winning TV producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and WFOR-TV in Miami, Petchel is executive editor of Carnegie-Knight News21, the multi-university, in-depth journalism initiative based at Cronkite. She also has worked with students to produce award-winning television and radio documentaries about heroin and the prescription opioid epidemic.

Steve Doig

Steve Doig
A pioneer in data journalism, Doig is a Pulitzer Prize winner from The Miami Herald and the school’s first Knight Chair in Data Journalism. He teaches data journalism part-time at Cronkite.