Andrea Stone, an experienced journalist who earned her first bylines on a City University of New York student newspaper, will become the next director of career services for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, effective Feb. 23.
A journalist for more than three decades, most recently as a freelance writer for National Geographic, Stone helped lead the website launch for Al Jazeera America. Before that, she was a senior correspondent for The Huffington Post and AOL News, where she was also Washington bureau chief, and a contributor to Politics Daily.
Stone spent most of her career at USA TODAY, where she covered national news, the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, presidential and congressional politics, foreign affairs and business. She has reported from 47 states and more than two dozen countries, including conflict zones in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Early in her career, she covered local news for newspapers in Florida, Illinois and New York, including the Riverdale Press in her native borough of the Bronx.
“We are so pleased that Andrea will be joining us and putting her extensive professional network and experience with multiple platforms to the service of our students and alumni,” said Dean Sarah Bartlett.
Stone is a graduate of CUNY’s Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx and has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where her work is cited among its centennial 100 Great Stories.
Stone, who taught as an adjunct instructor at American University in Washington, D.C., is an active leader and mentor in the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) and the National Press Club.
“I am excited to be back home to help a new generation of journalists start their career,” she said. “CUNY students are equipped with the skills they need to navigate a rapidly changing industry. It is my job to make sure both new and traditional media outlets know about them.”
Stone succeeds Joanna Hernandez, who is now in charge of the CUNY J-School’s diversity initiatives.