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Linda Villarosa Named Journalist-in-Residence at Newmark J-School

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

Award-winning journalist Linda Villarosa will join the faculty of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY as a journalist-in-residence, beginning this fall semester. 

Linda is well known to the school, having earned her Master’s degree from us in 2013. She has been teaching journalism at City College since 2009, and over the years has been the source of many excellent applicants to our graduate programs.

In recent years, Linda has focused her professional work on health disparities of Black Americans. She is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, where she covers race, inequality, and health. Among her many outstanding pieces was an essay about medical myths in the magazine’s 1619 project and a groundbreaking story about the racial disparities of the coronavirus. She is the author or co-author of three books. Her latest, Under the Skin: Racism, Inequality and the Health of a Nation, will be published by Doubleday next May.

Her 2018 cover story in The New York Times Magazine, “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis,” was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, and her 2017 article, “America’s Hidden HIV Epidemic,” won a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association award for Excellence in Journalism. She has also won awards from The American Medical Writers’ Association, The Arthur Ashe Institute, Lincoln University, the New York Association of Black Journalists, the National Women’s Political Caucus, and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.

She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and spent a year at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a journalism fellow.

In her new role, Linda will be a member of the faculty of both Newmark and City, teaching one course a year at each school. The Newmark J-School will become her primary home, however, and she will be an active participant in all faculty matters and curriculum discussions. “We are thrilled to have her joining us in this more formalized way” said Dean Sarah Bartlett.

“I am delighted to become a member of the faculty of my alma mater, the Newmark J-School,” said Villarosa. “I am honored to continue teaching and learning from the students of the CUNY system, which has been a source of joy and passion.”