Hester works with students and faculty to produce and distribute professional-level journalism, from neighborhood stories to ambitious multimedia special reports, via J-School outlets and professional news organizations.
He joined the J-School in 2006 as the founding director of the award-winning NYCity News Service, which feeds student work to journalism outlets of all types and sizes.
Hester was previously city editor of the New York Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992.
Since 2009, he has written a pop culture column for NBC Local Integrated Media. He also is the author of “Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family.”
Hester received his B.A, in journalism and politics from New York University in 1988. A lifelong Brooklyn resident, he began his journalism career as an intern at the Downtown Express, where he rose to editor before his 15-year stint at the Daily News.