Journalism and the Writing Professions Faculty
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As one of the department’s online experts, Prof. Vera Haller has been instrumental in updating the journalism curriculum to prepare students for the new realities of the news business. She created the department’s first course in multimedia reporting, which introduces students to storytelling across platforms by integrating text, photos, audio and video. She also helped oversee the creation of a high-tech multimedia laboratory/classroom for the department.
Professor Haller remains active as a journalist, contributing regularly to The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. She also has written about the local arts scene for the Greater New York section The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post’s New York site. She has reported and produced multimedia stories — including video, podcasts and audio-photo features — for news Web sites such as nytimes.com and worldpoliticsreview.com. She has also written for The Columbia Journalism Review and The Gotham Gazette.
Before joining the faculty at Baruch, Professor Haller was the editor in chief of amNewYork, a daily newspaper published by the Tribune Company, where she shaped coverage for more than 300,000 readers. Before moving to amNewYork, Professor Haller was editor of NYNewsday.com, Newsday’s Web site devoted to New York City news. A founding staff members, she helped launch the award-winning site after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At NYNewsday.com, Professor Haller practiced all aspects of online journalism – from updating the site with breaking news to shooting and editing video reports to producing large multimedia features. Professor Haller won a New York Press Club Front Page Award in 2005 for a Web feature about the subway system’s centennial.
She began her journalism career at The Associated Press, where she was a reporter and editor in its New York bureau. She spent many years as a court reporter, covering such cases as Leona Helmsley’s tax evasion trial, the racketeering trial of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos and various insider-trading and Mafia prosecutions. She also covered a wide range of stories in areas of crime, politics, fashion and culture.
During the 1990s, Professor Haller worked overseas, including four years as a reporter for Reuters in Rome, where she covered stories about political corruption, the Vatican and Italian arts and culture. While in Rome, she contributed articles to The Washington Post on a regular basis.
Moving to Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1998, she established a freelance career, publishing articles in USA Today, Newsweek, Forbes International and The International Herald Tribune, among other publications. She wrote about the AIDS crisis in southern Africa and the transition to a post-apartheid democracy. She also co-wrote the content for Time Out’s Web site on Johannesburg. Returning to New York, Professor Haller worked as a writer for CNN before joining Newsday.
She is a graduate of Boston University. She speaks Italian and German.
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Geanne Belton, a journalist and attorney, is a professor at Baruch College and a faculty member at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. Belton specializes in media law and ethics, news and digital and social media literacy, and online education. She creates and teaches hybrid online news literacy courses and hybrid and fully online journalism law and ethics courses. She is an alumna of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University where she served as a faculty associate from 2011 to 2017.
Belton received a Whiting Award for excellence in teaching and grant awards from the Carnegie Corporation, the Harnisch Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the McCormick Foundation and the Moore Foundation for projects relating to news literacy, media law, the future of journalism education, empowering and protecting citizen journalists, and supporting high school journalism.
Belton directed Baruch College’s journalism program for the four years leading to the creation and launch of both a stand-alone journalism major and the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. She served for three years immediately following her directorship as the first chair of Baruch’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions.
At CUNY J-School, Belton developed the Social Journalism law and ethics course, co-developed the media law and ethics subject concentration, co-developed journalism faculty promotion and standards guidelines as a member of CUNY Journalism’s faculty scholarship committee, and chairs a CUNY-wide news and digital literacy faculty committee to promote news and digital literacy education throughout the vast City University of New York network.
Belton co-produced and co-authored online teaching modules for national audiences in collaboration with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society (now the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society,) J-Lab and the Poynter Institute on subjects including defamation, privacy law, copyright infringement, newsgathering liability, and avoiding plagiarism and fabrication.
Belton also spent a summer contributing on a pro bono basis to state and federal freedom of information appeals at the Associated Press and, in 2013, served as an adjunct professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she created media law-related moot court problems for legal research and writing students.
From 2010 through 2016, Belton served on the Board of Directors of the Student Press Law Center, a national organization devoted to supporting high school and college student journalists with legal resources and education. She served as vice chair, chair of the Governance Committee and chair of the Programming Committee.
Belton, under the byline Geanne Rosenberg, has written for the New York Times, the National Law Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab and many other newspapers, magazines and digital publications. She is currently writing a book on finding, verifying and responsibly sharing information in this digital age.
Belton has a J.D. from Columbia University’s School of Law, where she graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism; and a B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College.
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Bridgett Davis is the author of the memoir The World According To Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in The Detroit Numbers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, and named a Best Book of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews, BuzzFeed, NBC News and Parade Magazine. She is currently writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of the book, which will be produced by Plan B Entertainment and released by Searchlight Pictures.
Davis’ memoir was selected among 18 books as Baruch’s First-Year Text for 2020, and she was also a featured speaker at the virtual Fall Student Convocation.
She is also author of two novels, Into the Go-Slow, named a Best Book of 2014 by The San Francisco Chronicle, and Shifting Through Neutral, shortlisted for the 2005 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award.
As a filmmaker, Davis is writer/director of the award-winning feature film Naked Acts, now part of the permanent collection at Indiana University’s distinguished Black Film Archive.
At Baruch, she designed and teaches courses in creative, narrative and film writing. In addition, Davis is a faculty member of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Biography and Memoir Program, where she teaches memoir-writing.
As an essayist, Davis’ work has most recently appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, the LA Times, O, The Oprah Magazine and Salon. During her career as a journalist, Davis wrote news and feature articles for a host of publications, including New York Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Detroit Free Press, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlanta Journal/Constitution, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Columbia Journalism Review and the London Voice.
Davis is a mentor in the University’s Faculty Fellowship Publications Program, for which she conducts writing workshops with junior CUNY faculty seeking to develop and publish creative and scholarly work as they approach tenure. Two members of her cohort have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes for poetry, and another has had her novel short-listed for the Booker Prize.
Davis was the director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program from 2014-2019.
A recipient of the New York Association of Black Journalists’ Excellence in Education Award, Davis earned a B.A. in English from Spelman College and an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Visit her website at www.bridgettdavis.com.
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Andrea Gabor is the author of three books, most recently The Capitalist Philosophers. A former staff writer and editor at U.S. News & World Report and Business Week, Professor Gabor has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian Magazine, The Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Strategy + Business, Treasury and Risk Management, Research Technology Management, Lear’s and Working Woman. She is the editor of the PBS web site Einstein’s Wife. She is also the author of The Man Who Discovered Quality: How W. Edwards Deming Brought the Quality Revolution to America and Einstein’s Wife: Work and Marriage in the Lives of Five Great Twentieth Century Women.
In addition to teaching at Baruch, Professor Gabor was an adjunct professor for eight years at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, helping teach Critical Issues in International Economics. At Columbia, she remains a judge for applicants to the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program in Business and Economics. Her main areas of interest and expertise are biography, management, the workplace and international and local economic issues.
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Professor Hallowell has a special interest in cultural, science, and environmental journalism. He is the author of seven books, the best-known being Holding Back the Sea (HarperCollins). An investigative work that concerns the devastation of the Gulf of Mexico wetlands
— a national resource — it has been praised by scientists, environmentalists, policy makers and critics for its comprehensive approach and accessibility. He is a frequent speaker on wetlands and coastal issues. An updated edition of his acclaimed earlier book, People of the Bayou (Dutton), has been re-issued by Pelican Publishing.
Recently, Weissman Dean Aldermaro Romero talked with Prof. Christopher Hallowell about the importance of environmental journalism in today’s world where environmental considerations so often influence economics, politics and business. Watch the video.
Diverging from his primary interest, Professor Hallowell’s latest book is a novel — Beneficiaries of Deceit — published in 2016. Set in the Peruvian jungle and on a college campus in Boston, it questions moral and ethical issues through a caste of characters and a lens of unbridled ambition, artifact theft, sexual predation, and innocence.
Previous to the publication of this novel, Professor Hallowell published Listening to Earth (Longman), a collection of writing that focuses on social and cultural issues surrounding environmental conflict. He is also co-author and co-editor of Green Perspectives: Thinking and Writing About Nature and the Environment (HarperCollins), an historically organized collection of writing that traces the course of attitudes towards the environment in this country over the past century. Professor Hallowell is also the author of Growing Old, Staying Young (Morrow), about gerontological research in medical laboratories across the country. He has written about medical topics and issues for various publications, including The New York Times.
He has been on the staffs of numerous magazines as an environmental or science editor and has contributed articles to Time, The New York Times Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Audubon, Geo, Natural History and The American Scholar. He has reported from Peru, Panama, the South Pacific and East Africa, as well as from various regions of this country.
Professor Hallowell, a former director of undergraduate journalism at Baruch College, is a graduate of Harvard and received an MS in journalism from Columbia.
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Professor Emily H. Johnson is an independent multimedia journalist who has reported in East Africa, Southeast Asia and New York since joining Baruch’s journalism faculty in 2016.
In 2019, Johnson received a fellowship from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) to report on LGBT rights in Indonesia, and in 2018 she reported on mental health in Bhutan with the support of a fellowship from the International Reporting Project (IRP). She also reported on the Riverside terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya and the South Sudanese refugee crisis in northern Uganda. Most recently, she served as reporter, editor, and producer on a 12-episode podcast about climate change solutions for Foreign Policy.
From 2014 to 2016, she was based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she covered everything from major breaking news (the terrorist attack on Garissa University, the pope’s visit, and the world’s largest ivory burn) to feature stories on child marriage, mental health, technology, sports, and climate change. During those two years, she also reported from India on sanitation and public health in the eastern state of Bihar, as well as on the digital front in the struggle for Tibetan independence among activists in the Dalai Lama’s Himalayan home of Dharamsala.
A former wilderness guide, Professor Johnson studied international reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. After graduation, she worked as a multimedia editor at NBC and then as a copy editor, reporter and photographer for The Jakarta Globe, an English-language newspaper in Indonesia. Back in New York, she covered local news, including major stories like Hurricane Sandy and the elementary school shooting in Newtown, while teaching at Baruch as a multimedia adjunct. She also spent a month reporting on Buddhist extremism in Myanmar.
Her body of work includes photography, radio, video, and writing. Her stories have appeared in The Washington Post, CNN, PRI’s The World, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Mashable, The Christian Science Monitor, and Agence France-Presse (AFP), among other publications.
Professor Johnson is a member of the National Press Photographer’s Association and the Frontline Freelance Register. She was certified in battlefield medical response through Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues.
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British-born Dr. Eugene Marlow is a Professor in the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College. His eclectic, multi-decade academic and professional career includes experience in journalism, electronic media (radio and video), and the fine and performing arts.
Professor Marlow holds five academic degrees in four disciplines: a Ph.D. in Media Studies (New York University 1988), an MBA in General Management (Golden Gate University 1972), an MA and BS in Music Composition (Hunter College 1998/2001), and a BA in English (with a minor in Philosophy) (Herbert Lehman College 1966).
Marlow has held numerous leadership positions in academic, professional, and military settings. At Baruch College in 1988 he established the “electronic journalism” branch of the then “print” Journalism Program by creating and teaching courses in radio news and video field reporting. Marlow was the founding webmaster of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences website (1995-1997), and founding co-chair of the Annual Veterans Day Recognition luncheon (1998). From 2000-2018 he served as senior curator of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert series. He currently serves as chair of the Educational Technology committee.
In 2017 Dr. Marlow established the annual Marlow Prize in Arts Administration Consulting for Baruch College’s MA Program in Arts Administration.
Outside of Baruch, Marlow served as President of the Parents Association of the High School of Arts & Design and as Chairman of the School Leadership Team (2001-2004). He was previously founding chairman of the International Television Association (ITVA) New York chapter (1973-1976) and ITVA National Director of Professional Development (1976-1977). He is former treasurer of the Jazz Journalists Association (2008-2010), and former treasurer and Director, Media Relations of the New York Composers Circle (2005-2009).
Prior to his tenure at Baruch College, Dr. Marlow held management positions at Citicorp, Prudential Insurance, and Union Carbide Corporation, working primarily in Corporate Communications/Public Affairs departments (1972-1983). At Union Carbide, Dr. Marlow staffed and supervised the design and construction of a $3 million media production department, including video, audio, and graphic operations.
In 1971-1972 Dr. Marlow was news editor for Discount Merchandiser Magazine, the leading trade publication in discount merchandising.
In 1970 Sergeant Marlow was the first (and only so far) United States Air Force (USAF) Historian to be honored as “Historian of the Year” by the USAF Historical Society. He achieved this by innovating a “people” approach to USAF histories.
He founded and published World Student Magazine as an official with the Herbert Lehman College International Students Club (1963-1966).
Dr. Marlow has 35+ years of teaching and training experience in academic and professional development settings, including teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in liberal arts, media, and business at Baruch College, Fordham University, New York University, and Merced College (California).
At Baruch College he has initiated, designed, or taught two dozen+ courses in the undergraduate and graduate business journalism program, the master’s degree program in arts management (Department of Fine & Performing Arts), the corporate communications program (Department of Communications Studies), the Zicklin Graduate School of Business, the Department of English, and the Department of Journalism & the Writing Professions. He has taught six Feit Honors Seminars.
Professor Marlow has also designed, promoted, and hosted conferences, seminars, panel discussions, and custom-designed small group meetings in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and China.
He has received distinguished teaching awards and fellowships from the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He is a seven-time honoree, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences Authors, Editors, Artists/Performers annual reception (1996-2002) and a 10-time honoree at Baruch’s Annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony, A Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Creative Achievement (2003-2012). He is the recipient of numerous grants from the Professional Staff Congress/City University of New York Research Foundation.
Journalism and Authorship
Dr. Marlow has published nine books dealing with communications, technology and culture, and 400+ articles and chapters in over 60 professional and academic journals and web sites published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and China. Two of his books have been translated into Japanese, Greek, and Russian.
His latest book, Jazz in China: From Dance Hall Music to Individual Freedom of Expression, (University Press of Mississippi 2018) was acclaimed as “one of the best books on jazz” in 2018. He is currently working on a documentary version of his book. He is also drafting an article on jazz in China for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
His online blog, “The Marlowsphere” (www.eugenemarlow.com) deals with issues of media and culture.
Marlow’s very first article, “Ugly Americans” (1964), appeared in the Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper The Riverdale Press.
For over 20+ years, as president of a New York City-based electronic media consulting and production firm, he served 80+ domestic and international clients in the technology, healthcare, media, financial services, consumer products, and nonprofit sectors.
Collectively, Dr. Marlow produced over 350 video programs and 120 radio programs. He has either produced or appeared on various programs, including CNBC, CUNY-TV, German/Austrian Television, KAJX (NPR Aspen, Colorado), KWIP Radio (Merced, CA), Vidvinkel Media (Oslo, Norway), WBAI Radio (New York City), WBGO Radio (Newark, NJ), WBMB-FM (Baruch College), WNCN Radio (New York City), and WUOL Radio (Louisville, KY). He was interviewed on NPR’s syndicated program “Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired” in early 2019.
Marlow has produced and hosted a weekly one-hour program entitled “Jazz: America’s Classical Music” on WBMB-FM Baruch College Radio since 2017.
Dr. Marlow is a recipient of the 2016 John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis and the 2010 James W. Carey award for Outstanding Journalism from the Media Ecology Association. Between 1978 and 2017 Dr. Marlow earned 30 awards for video programming/production excellence from numerous domestic and international competitions.
The Performing Arts
Marlow is also engaged in the field of the performing arts. A former participant in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, numerous domestic and international ensembles have performed his classical, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and Brazilian compositions. Four of his big band charts appear on four Grammy-nominated albums. His latest contribution to the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band is a bembé arrangement of “Maria” on Sanabria’s Grammy-nominated “West Side Story Reimagined” album (JazzHeads 2018). The album was hailed as “a masterpiece.”
To date, Marlow has composed 300+ pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and big band. His 33 albums and single tracks have gained critical acclaim in domestic and international reviews and have been aired on radio stations in dozens of countries. He is also founder/leader of The Heritage Ensemble, a quintet devoted to the concert performance of Hebraic melodies and his original compositions. The group’s eighth CD (“A Not So Silent Night”) released in 2016 on the MEII Enterprises label earned four stars from DownBeat Magazine.
Dr. Marlow is a voting member of the Recording Academy (since 2006) and a member of the Academy’s New York Chapter Advocacy Committee.
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Joshua Mills worked as an editor and writer at The New York Times for a decade and as a reporter or editor at The Associated Press; The New York Post, the New York Daily News, Newsday, Bloomberg News and The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.). He has written on a wide variety of subjects for magazines ranging from Playboy to Boys’ Life, including Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, New York, Esquire, TV Guide and the Columbia Journalism Review.
Professor Mills has long been involved in training journalists. He served as chair of the training committee of Society of American Business Editors and Writers, as well as a board member. He also was on the Board of Academic Advisers of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and has led Reynolds workshops in cities around the country. He has served as a Governor of the New York Financial Writers Association, for many years ran copy editing programs for the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and served as the U.S. director of the Bertelsmann Summer Academy, a training program for German business journalists.
Co-author (with Peter Fornatale) of Radio in the Television Age, Mills has written frequently about broadcast ownership and regulation. He has also worked as a writer and editor for several radio and television documentaries.
Among the subjects that interest him are the media business, international trade, the business of sports, the business of culture and almost anything about ice hockey.
Before joining the Baruch faculty, Professor Mills taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, N.Y.U. and Pace University and at several branches of the City University of New York. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. at City College of New York.
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Gisele Regatao is a multimedia journalist who has reported and edited stories for podcasts, radio, online and print publications in New York, São Paulo, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Mexico City and some smaller cities.
Gisele’s audio and written pieces have been published in several national publications, including Latino USA, Reveal, Columbia Journalism Review, Studio 360, The World and The Pulse. She also created and directed the fiction podcast Celestial Blood/Sangre Celestial with the public radio station KCRW in Los Angeles, released both in English and Spanish.
Before that, she worked at WNYC for ten years in three roles – senior culture editor, executive producer of news and executive producer of the music talk show Soundcheck.
She started working in public radio at KCRW in Los Angeles, where she was managing producer of both a national and a local current affairs shows.
During her career, Gisele has covered everything from the troubled railroad system in Latin America to racial tensions in Los Angeles to why the Broadway audience is so female. She has also coordinated the coverage of several breaking news events including the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Originally from Brazil, Gisele has a Master’s in Business Journalism from Baruch College and a bachelor’s in Journalism from Universidade de São Paulo.
Roslyn Bernstein is the author of Boardwalk Stories, a collection of 14 fictional tales set from 1950 to 1970, and the co-author of Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of SoHo, written jointly with the architect Shael Shapiro. Her most recent book is Engaging Art: Essays and Interviews from Around the Globe, a collection of 60 of her online avant-garde art pieces. Since the 1980s, she has been reporting from around the globe for such print publications as the New York Times, Newsday, theVillage Voice, New York Magazine, Parents, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has also reported for various online publications including Medium, Tablet, Huffington Post, and Guernica, focusing primarily on cultural reporting and contemporary art, with in-depth interviews with artists, curators, and gallerists.
Currently, Professor Emerita in the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY), she taught journalism and creative writing classes from 1974-2016. A devoted teacher, she served as an advisor to Ticker, the college newspaper and established Dollars & $ense, the Baruch College business magazine. During her time at Baruch, she served as the director of the Journalism Program and was the Founding Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, a residency that has brought over 30 distinguished poets, playwrights, critics, and journalists to campus to teach intensive classes for gifted students. Prof. Bernstein is a recipient of the College’s Distinguished Awards for Teaching and Service.
Before coming to Baruch, she worked at Esquire Magazine and attended graduate school. She holds a Masters and Ph.D in English Literature from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Never Shalem (Guernica)
Carl Rollyson has published more than 40 books ranging in subject matter from biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Norman Mailer, Rebecca West, Susan Sontag, Jill Craigie, Dana Andrews, Sylvia Plath, and Amy Lowell, and William Faulkner to studies of American culture, genealogy, children’s biography, film and literary criticism.
He has authored more than 500 articles on American and European literature and history. His work has been reviewed in newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and theLondon Sunday Telegraph and in journals such as American Literature, Plath Profiles, Mississippi Quarterly and Sight & Sound. He wrote a column on biography for The New York Sun from 2004 to 2007 and has reviewed biographies for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The New Criterion, Choice, University Bookman, and simplycharly.com.
Professor Rollyson is President Emeritus of the International Rebecca West Society. His play, “That Woman: Rebecca West Remembers,” has been produced at Theatresource in New York City and theaters in Amsterdam and Greenwich, Connecticut. His play about Walter Brennan, A Real American Character, has been produced at The Josephy Center, in Joseph, Oregon.
At Baruch, Professor Rollyson has taught Art Survey I and II, Survey of British Literature I and II, Great Works (English 2800 and 2850), Writing I and II, Feit seminars on New York City, biography and film, and courses in the film minor. His courses in Journalism include Documentary Film (3280), Journalistic Criticism (3400), Journalism and the Literary Imagination (4730) and Narrative Writing (4920). He has served the college as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Associate Provost and Acting Dean of the School of Education and Educational Services.
Professor Rollyson has received Baruch’s Presidential Excellence Award for Scholarship, and he has been awarded grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He is currently advisory editor of the Hollywood Legends series published by University Press of Mississippi. He invites queries from those interested in contributing to the series. He hosts a weekly podcast, A Life in Biography: https://anchor.fm/dashboard. He can be contacted at CarlRollyson.com.
Professor Emeritus Myron Schwartzman taught at Baruch College from 1973 to 2011.
A widely published writer, Schwartzman is the authorized biographer of the celebrated artist Romare Bearden and author of Romare Bearden: His Life and Art (Abrams, 1990) and Celebrating the Victory (Scholastic Press, 1993) a biography of Bearden for young readers.
His special friendship with Bearden began in 1978 with their mutual interest in jazz and literature His articles on Bearden have been published in Artforum and Callaloo: A Journal of Afro-American Arts & Letters..
An accomplished jazz pianist, Schwartzman played for six years with Larry Rivers’ East Thirteenth Street Band, which he co-founded with Rivers, David Levy and Howard Brofsky.
Lately, he has been much involved with the New Sanctuary Coalition, working to assist refugees and detainees in New York and New Jersey.
Before coming to Baruch College, Schwartzman taught at The New School and the Parsons School of Design. He earned an MPhil from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.
He lives in New York with his wife Judith H Schwartzman.
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Lindsay Armstrong is a multimedia journalist based in New York City.
She previously covered the Upper East Side and Washington Heights neighborhoods for DNAinfo.com, where she reported on local politics, small businesses, the public school system and human interest stories. Her work has also appeared in the New York Daily News, Crain’s New York, Babble.com and other publications.
Before working in journalism, she taught English Language Arts in the public school system through the New York City Teaching Fellows program.
She earned a master’s from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she focused on urban reporting.
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Gregg Birnbaum is a former assistant managing editor for politics at NBCNews.com, where he led coverage of the site’s national politics and 2020 presidential campaign, as well as overseeing reporting on the White House, Congress and Supreme Court. Previously, Birnbaum was a senior editor at CNN.com, handling breaking news, the 2016 presidential campaign live blog, national security coverage and reporter training. Birnbaum served as managing editor for politics at the New York Daily News, deputy managing editor at Politico and political editor of the New York Post. He’s been in the news business for more than 35 years as a reporter and editor, beginning his career – and his love affair with journalism – as a copy kid at the Wall Street Journal. Before the internet.
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Michael Bobelian is a journalist, author and lawyer whose coverage has included work on legal affairs, corporate crime and human rights.
He has written for Forbes.com, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Monthly, Reuters and the New York Law Journal, where he worked as a staff reporter. His media appearances include C-Span’s BookTV, NPR, and dozens of radio programs and podcasts.
Professor Bobelian is also the author of Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-Long Struggle for Justice. His second book, Battle for the Marble Palace: Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court, was named an Honorable Mention by the American Society of Journalists and Authors in the Biography/History book award category.
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Eileen AJ Connelly has covered a wide range of New York news, from crime to transportation issues to Wall Street, in more than three decades as a reporter and editor.
Now a reporter for the Sunday New York Post covering breaking news, she previously worked as deputy managing editor at The Real Deal magazine, which covers the New York City real estate industry. Prior to that, she spent eight years at The Associated Press in business news, first leading a team that covered daily stock trading. She subsequently covered Wall Street amid the 2008 financial crisis, then personal finance, with an emphasis on credit cards and retail banking. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, she was temporarily assigned to the New York City bureau to report on the recovery from the storm.
Earlier in her career, AJ worked at Dow Jones Newswires, Crain’s New York and the Staten Island Advance. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, on Bankrate.com, the Wharton School of Business online journal “Knowledge@Wharton” and other publications.
A graduate of Baruch’s former Master’s in Business Journalism program, she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and international relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Carolyn Schurr Levin is an attorney specializing in Media Law and the First Amendment. She is Of Counsel at the New York City law firm of Miller Korzenik Sommers Rayman LLP. She has practiced law for over 25 years, including as the Vice President and General Counsel of Ziff Davis Media, the Vice President and General Counsel of Newsday, and a Litigation Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She is admitted to the bars of New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.
Levin has taught Media Law & Ethics at Long Island University, Stony Brook University, and Pace University. At Long Island University, where she taught for 16 years, she was also the director of the journalism program, the assistant dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, the faculty adviser for the student newspaper, the director of the summer high school honors journalism institute, and the producer, judge and host of the Best of High School Journalism Awards. At Stony Brook University, she served as the Media Law Adviser for the School of Journalism from 2013 to 2019.
Over the course of her career, Levin has published numerous articles for, among other outlets, the College Media Review, Student Press Law Center Report, New York Law Journal, New York Times Book Review, American Bar Association Journal, Corporate Counsel Newsletter, Barrister magazine, Special Counsel newsletter, Anton Media Group, and Patch.com. She has served as the book reviewer for the College Media Review, the flagship academic journal of the College Media Association.
Levin has been a peer reviewer for journalism and mass communication conference papers and books, and a judge for numerous journalism contests. She has worked as an editor and reporter for a weekly community newspaper.
Levin is a sought-after speaker, commentator, panelist, and trainer on First Amendment issues. She is a member of the advisory board of the Fair Media Council and the Vice President of Reading Dream. She is also a member of the College Media Association, the Student Press Law Center and the Society of Professional Journalists.
She earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and a Certificate in Journalism from New York University.
Syreeta McFadden is a writer and professor of English at the City University of New York’s Borough of Manhattan Community College. Syreeta’s work deals largely with gender, politics, race and culture.
Her work has appeared in the poetry anthology, Break Beat Poets 2: Black Girl Magic from Haymarket Books, and the anthology Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings From The #MeToo Movement from McSweeney’s Press. Her essays and criticism has appeared in The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, NBC News’ THINK, New York Times Magazine, Elle, The Guardian, Brooklyn Magazine, and BuzzFeed News.
Her feature articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, BuzzFeed News,The Nation, ZORA Magazine, the Carnegie Reporter and AFAR Magazine. From 2014-2016, she was a columnist for The Guardian US. She has appeared as a guest on NPR’s Tell Me More and On Point, WNYC’s On The Media, and CNN’s United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.
In 2013, she was the recipient of CEC ArtsLink One Big City Residency which culminated in a collaborative live performance with a Georgian visual artists at The Kitchen. She was a 2018 creative arts fellow at SPACE at Ryder Farm and a recipient of the 2021 Meret Grant from Freya Project. She is a contributing editor for Guernica, a journal of literature and politics.
She holds degrees from Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently writing a book-length collection of reported essays about African Americans in the Middle West.
Phone: (646) 312-3974
Location: VC 7-260E
Kevin McKenna has had a long career as an editor at The New York Times and has spent much of it helping to guide the paper’s transition to the digital age.
For the last decade, as a deputy business editor, he has been involved in expanding online efforts in business news. He currently oversees coverage of economics, energy and the auto industry on all platforms.
He joined The Times as a copy editor on the foreign desk, going on to serve as assistant foreign editor, as deputy news editor overseeing the paper’s front page, and as assistant metropolitan editor. In 1995, he became editorial director of the paper’s fledgling electronic media operation as it created nytimes.com. He later served as the paper’s technology editor and as editor of Circuits, an award-winning weekly section devoted to personal technology.
Before joining The Times, he worked as a reporter for The Associated Press in Los Angeles and Raleigh, N.C., and as an editor at The International Herald Tribune in Paris.
McKenna received a B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Southern California, where he was editor of the campus newspaper, The Daily Trojan. He received an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and was awarded a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. In 1997-98, he was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, focusing on the intersection of technology, business and communications.
Location: VC 7-260B
Joe Plambeck, a deputy technology editor at The New York Times, helps oversee coverage of companies like Amazon and Facebook, the people behind them and how their products and services shape our world. He has worked at The Times for 14 years, as a reporter, web producer and editor.
Plambeck earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa and a master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Eisa Nefertari Ulen (she/her) is the author of Crystelle Mourning (Atria), a novel described by The Washington Post as “a call for healing in the African American community from generations of hurt and neglect.” A Pulitzer Center grantee, she is the recipient of a Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center Fellowship for Young African American Fiction Writers, a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and a National Association of Black Journalists Award. Her essays exploring African American culture have been widely anthologized, most recently in Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Protect? (Haymarket), which won the Social Justice/Advocacy Award for 2017 from the School Library Journal’s In the Margins Book Committee.
Eisa has also contributed to ReadersDigest.com, TheHollywoodReporter.com, Essence, Parents, The Washington Post, Ms., Health, Ebony, The Huffington Post, Pen.org, Los Angeles Review of Books, TheRoot.com, Truthout.org, TheDefendersOnline.com, TheGrio.com, and CreativeNonfiction.org.
She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University. Awarded a Hunter College Presidential Award for Excellence for Teaching, Eisa teaches BIPOC literature for the Department of English and the Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies Department at Hunter. She has also taught fiction writing at Baruch College and literature at The Pratt Institute. A founding member of Ringshout: A Place for Black Literature, she lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn.
Ellen Wulfhorst is a veteran of international journalism, most recently as Chief Correspondent, Americas for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, where she was responsible for coverage of humanitarian issues in North, South and Central America and at the United Nations. Previously she served in positions as a national, New York and business correspondent for Reuters and as a newswriter for CNN and United Press International.
Ellen’s most recent freelance journalism has appeared in New York’s Daily News, Business Insider and USA Today. She also handles communications for the United Nations Global Compact, which works to promote sustainability among companies around the world.
She holds a Master’s Degree in political theory from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in government from Cornell University, and she is certified in hostile environment reporting.
Phone: (646) 312- 3965
Location: VC 7-263
Adjunct lecturer Benjamin Hudson has worked as a reporter/editor for English language newspapers in Athens, Greece, and Caracas, Venezuela. In the U.S., he worked as an editor for The New York Times wire service and The St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press. At The News Sun in Phoenix, Arizona, he worked as a general assignment reporter.
Professor Hudson has taught in both the English and Journalism departments at Baruch College since 1992.
He has worked in Japan, Korea and the Dominican Republic as a consultant for English language learning institutions.
He has a BA from New York University, an MA from CUNY (Hunter), and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Information School.
Professor Hudson’s interests are dominated by his fascination for people.