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Faculty from the Trenches

  • By CUNY J-School Staff

The full-time faculty of CUNY’s new Graduate School of Journalism represent seasoned professionals who have served at the highest echelons of the journalism profession. Here’s a close look at the men and women who will be teaching the first entering class:

Sarah Bartlett, director of the urban and business reporting specialties, has held the Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism at Baruch College since 2002, and hosts U$A Inc., a half-hour weekly show on CUNY-TV. Bartlett began covering business as a researcher/reporter at Fortune magazine and then moved to BusinessWeek, where she served as a reporter, associate editor, and assistant managing editor. Later, as a reporter at The New York Times, she covered urban affairs, as well as business and finance. Bartlett has written two books, Schools of Ground Zero: Early Lessons Learned in Children’s Environmental Health (2002), co-authored with John Petrarca, and The Money Machine: How KKR Manufactured Power and Profits (1991).

Lonnie Isabel, formerly Newsday’s deputy managing editor, supervised the newspaper’s national, foreign, state, Washington, health and science staffs. He directed its coverage of the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, a four-part series that netted a 2005 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. During his 16-year tenure at the newspaper, Isabel served as assistant managing editor, overseeing coverage of September 11th and the Iraq War. Earlier in his career, Isabel worked as a reporter and assistant city editor at the Oakland Tribune, and as a political reporter at the Boston Globe. In 2006 he was appointed as Poynter Ethics Fellow. A descendent of West Virginia coal miners, he is also working on a family history.

Jeff Jarvis, who will direct interactive media studies, is a national leader in the development of online news, blogging, and other forms of citizen journalism and is the author of Buzzmachine.com. He recently served as a consultant to About.com, an online media company owned by The New York Times Company. Jarvis was the creator and founding managing editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine and has been a columnist, publisher, editor, and developer for a number of publications, including TV Guide, People magazine, and the New York Daily News. His freelance articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, the New York Post, The Nation, and Rolling Stone.

Sandeep Junnarkar, a visiting professor at Indiana University’s School of Journalism since 2003, specializes in the impact of technology and the Internet on journalism. In 2003, his three-part report on the security risks of online banking entitled “Cracking the Nest Egg” was named “Best in Business Projects among Real-Time Publications” by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Having entered online journalism in its infancy, Junnarkar helped to create the first online editions of The New York Times, serving as a producer, writer and editor. He has also worked at CNET News.com and as News.com’s New York Bureau Chief. Junnarkar co-produces www.livesinfocus.org, a multi-media website that features stories on underreported issues.

Linda Prout, who will direct broadcast media instruction, worked as a writer and producer for PBS and Bravo Network before joining City College as the director of its journalism program. She has served as station director for Harlem Community Radio, and has produced award- winning series for television and video including “The Kids’ Chronicle” and “WomanSource.” Two of her programs, “Study with the Best” and “In the Life,” were nominated for Emmy Awards. Prout also worked as a reporter for several print publications including Newsday, Newsweek, and The Star-Ledger. As a Fulbright Scholar, Prout taught broadcast news writing and newsmagazine publication in China.

Steven Strasser has had a distinguished career at Newsweek magazine. He began working as a senior writer and associate editor, eventually rising through the ranks to become the National Affairs editor, as well as managing editor of Newsweek Inter-national. He has extensive experience in foreign reporting, having served as Newsweek’s Moscow correspondent, Hong Kong bureau chief, and Asia Editor. He received three Overseas Press Club awards for his reporting on events in Hong Kong, China and the former Soviet Union. Strasser began his career as a reporter at The Miami Herald. He is also a book editor, and edited volumes on the 9/11 Commission reports and the Abu Ghraib investigations.

Wayne Svoboda, who will direct instruction in print media, formerly headed the journalism program at Queens College. Before joining Queens in 2003, Svoboda was asso-ciate professor of journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and editor of the Columbia News Service. An experienced reporter, Svoboda has served as both the east coast correspondent for Time magazine and as Africa Editor at The Economist. His freelance articles have appeared in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Institutional Investor. Svoboda is a Fulbright Scholar who has taught courses in American studies and journalism in Russia and the Czech Republic.