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    By Amy Dunkin | Last updated on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Stephen B. Shepard

    The Society of Professional Journalists has named Stephen B. Shepard, the first dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, a Fellow of the Society for his “remarkable contributions to journalism.” This is SPJ’s highest professional honor.

    According to the SPJ announcement, Shepard was nominated after many years as a practicing journalist and editor and his eight years as dean of the CUNY J-School before retiring in 2013.

    “As a seasoned leader, he knew the importance of the personal touch – and he practiced it,” said Jere Hester, director of the NYCity News Service at the CUNY J-School, among other roles. “As a journalist, he knew that everybody’s got a story worth learning.”

    During his long career in magazines, Shepard served as senior editor of Newsweek, editor of Saturday Review, and editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek from 1984 to 2005.

    From 1992 to 1994, he was president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. He is the author of a journalistic memoir published in 2012: “Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path from Print to Digital.”

    Also named a Fellow of the Society along with Shepard were Gerald F. Seib, executive Washington editor and author of the Capital Journal column for The Wall Street Journal, and Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and former CBS News Middle East correspondent.