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Columbia College Chicago
Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Note: Adjunct faculty rotates according to their availability and course offerings.
Peter von Buol

Peter von Buol, B.A. (television) and M.A (journalism) from Columbia College Chicago. In addition to being an adjunct professor at Columbia, he is an off-ice official for the National Hockey League. He is a regular contributor to Maui No Ka `Oi magazine and has been a contributor to the Chicago Tribune’s travel section. Freelance work also includes the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Focus on Africa and Wildlife magazines. Other publications include Russian Life magazine; Hawai’i magazine; Swara: the publication of the East African Wildlife Society  and Prologue: the magazine of the National Archives and Records Administration. He began his career in journalism at SportsChannel-Chicago, the forerunner of today’s Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Email: pvonbuol@colum.edu


Dan Cahill

Email: dcahill@colum.edu

Omar Castillo

Email: ocastillo@colum.edu

Elizabeth Ciesla

Beth Ciesla-Tomev is President & CEO of Ciesla Media Strategies, Inc. as well as an Adjunct Faculty member for Columbia College Chicago’s Journalism Department. Prior to starting her own P.R./Public Affairs firm, she spent more than 12 years working in television news finishing as Executive Producer for Walter Jacobson at FOX News Chicago. Beth previously worked for WNDU-TV in South Bend, IN, WNIT-TV in Elkhart, IN, WCIA-TV and WPGU-FM in Champaign, IL. She served as a producer for the 1996, 2000 and 2004 state and federal election coverage, football pre-game shows for the University of Notre Dame, and award winning series “Kids Who Kill” and “Storm Chasers.” In addition to producing news, she was a Communications Director for a statewide candidate, news writer for Streeterville Publications (news updates for CEO’s of the aviation industry) and guest lecturer as a successful woman entrepreneur, also speaking on crisis management and working with the media. She is Vice Chairman for Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation and a member of the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce; Schaumburg Business Association as well as a member of their Legislative Committee and Board Member for their South Asian Immigration Integration Committee, and Board Member of Connections business network. She earned her M.B.A. from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business - DePaul University as well as a B.A. in English & a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Email: eciesla@colum.edu

Stephanie Goldberg

Stephanie Goldberg is a freelance magazine writer with more than 25 years of experience in print and online journalism. She holds a BA degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana, and a law degree from DePaul University in Chicago. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Glamour, MORE, Ladies Home Journal, the Chicago ReaderWorking Woman, Ms., Inc., Crain’s Chicago and many other publications. She is a former senior editor of the ABA Journal in Chicago. Email: sgoldberg@colum.edu. Cell: 312-218-9766.

Laura Heller

Laura Heller has been reporting on mass-market retail trends and initiatives since 1995 as a reporter for trade magazines and Web sites. Laura served as Senior Editor at Retailing Today magazine (formerly Discount Store News), as a contributing editor to Chain Store Age, Consumer Electronics Daily, Drug Store News, Home Channel News, Better Homes and Gardens, AOL’s Walletpop.com and served as Editor of Entertainment Living, a supplement within Metropolitan Home and Elle Décor magazines. She currently writes about home technology for Traditional Home magazine and blogs at Houzz.com; and blogs about retail trends and news at Forbes.com and Yahoo. She earned a BA degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa. Email: lheller@colum.edu. Cell: 312-498-9043 

Shirley Henderson

Email: shenderson@colum.edu

Noah Isackson

Email: nisackson@colum.edu

Althea Legaspi

Email: alegaspi@colum.edu

Ray Long Ray Long

Email: rlong@colum.edu

Pam McKuen Pamela McKuen

Pamela Dittmer McKuen is a veteran feature, lifestyle and fashion journalist whose work has appeared in dozens of national, regional, consumer, association, trade and collegiate publications. She is co-author of the tween fashion guide, "Expressionista: How to Express Your True Self Through (and Despite) Fashion" (Simon & Schuster). Her work has been honored by the National Federation of Press Women, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Community Associations Institute and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Email: pmckuen@colum.edu

Manny Medina

Email: amedina@colum.edu

Kristen Menke

Email: kmenke@colum.edu

Candi Meriwether

Email: cmeriwether@colum.edu

Judith Nemes Judith Nemes

Judith Nemes is a freelance journalist with more than 20 years experience writing news stories and features for consumer and business publications including the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today’s Green Living Magazine, Edible Chicago, and GreenBiz.com. In recent years, her reporting has focused on green issues and urban sustainability, but she also writes about health care and general business topics. She recently wrote a weekly column online for Crain’s Chicago Business called the “Green Scene” that covered the local green economy. Judith received an M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. at Vassar College. Check out her web site: http://judithnemes.com/ and follow her on Twitter: @JudithNemes. Email: jnemes@colum.edu

John O'Neill

Email: joneill@colum.edu

Elizabeth Owens-Schiele

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BA in journalism and a MA in public affairs reporting, Elizabeth Owens-Schiele has more than 25 years of experience as a reporter, editor, executive editor and general manager at many major media organizations in Chicago, including 17 years at Tribune Company, the Chicago Sun-Times, Pioneer Press Newspapers, Crain's Chicago Business, the Chicago Reporter and NBC Chicago, among others. Named employee of the year at Tribune Company during her tenure, Elizabeth continues to write weekly news and feature stories that are published in the Chicago Tribune print and online editions. In the last seven years, more than 2,500 articles have been published in print and online locally and internationally. Elizabeth has also been an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago for more than nine years, teaching Introduction to Journalism, Reporting and Writing I, Food Writing and First Year Seminar. Email: eowensschiele@colum.edu

Hilary Richardson

Email: hrichardson@colum.edu

Sam Roe Sam Roe

Sam Roe has been a Chicago Tribune investigative reporter since 2000. Previously, he was a reporter and editor at the Toledo Blade. His stories sparked new federal laws, instituted product recalls, and inspired health and safety reforms in the United States and abroad. (Including a US ban on the export of mercury.) Roe was part of the reporting team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for an examination of hazardous children’s products. He is twice a Pulitzer, including for a 2011 investigation into 13 deaths at a Chicago nursing facility for children with developmental disabilities. A graduate of Kent State and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he has taught investigative reporting at Columbia College since 2008. Email: sroe@colum.edu. Cell: 312-222-4418.

Susan Schultz

Email: sschultz@colum.edu

Mark Skertic Mark Skertic

Mark Skertic spent 20 years as a reporter and editor with various newspapers in the Midwest, including the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, where he covered business news. While at the Sun-Times, he was an investigative reporter whose work was honored locally by the Chicago Headline Club and Chicago Press Veterans Association. In 2001, he was awarded the National Headliner Award for investigative reporting. Five years later, in 2006, Mark joined Kroll, a consulting firm sometimes referred to as "Wall Street's private investigator.” At Kroll, he puts skills learned as a journalist to work as senior director of business intelligence and investigations. Email: mskertic@colum.edu. Cell: 219-616-9353.

Meg Tebo Meg Tebo

Margaret Graham Tebo, known as Meg to her family and friends, is a lawyer and a member of the Illinois and Missouri bars. She received her law degree cum laude from St. Louis University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a former award-winning senior writer for the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association. She is the author of Shakespeare for Lawyers, released in March 2010. Currently she teaches media law and other journalism courses at Columbia College Chicago, practices real estate law and writes from her home in Chicagoland. Email: mtebo@colum.edu

Karen Titus

Karen Titus is the former editor of North Shore magazine and The DO magazine. She is currently a freelance writer. She received a BSJ from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Email: ktitus@colum.edu

Nancy Traver

Nancy Traver has worked for The Associated Press, Time, Newsweek, the Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Tribune, a CBS affiliate and others. She has been posted in Denver, New York, Moscow, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Albuquerque. Traver has taught journalism courses at the University of New Mexico, Northwestern University and Columbia College, where she began teaching in 2006. She currently lives in Evanston with her husband and two children. Email: ntraver@colum.edu

Clarence Waldron

Email: cwaldron@colum.edu

Regina Waldroup Regina Waldroup

Regina Waldroup has worked as a TV journalist for more than a decade. Most recently, she worked for Tribune-owned Chicagoland Television News, where she anchored, reported, and blogged. She's also worked at CBS, NBC and Fox News stations in Oregon and New York. Before entering broadcast journalism, Regina was an assistant to the press secretary for former State Senator Emil Jones Jr. In the private sector, she was a corporate communications consultant for Northbrook-based Allstate Insurance Company. Regina holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Roosevelt University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from Columbia College. Regina is also an adjunct broadcast journalism instructor at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Email: rwaldroup@colum.edu