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Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin
Associate Professor

M.A., English, University of Virginia; B.A., General Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago. Former editor, Chicago Parent magazine, and former senior editor, Vegetarian Times magazine; winner of the Lisagor Award for magazine reporting in 2000 and numerous awards from the Parenting Publications of America.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-B
phone: (312) 369-8918 
email: speshkin@colum.edu
Day_Apr14 Nancy Day
Department Chair, Associate Professor

M.A., Communication, Stanford University; Nieman Fellow, Harvard University, former editor and reporter, San Francisco Examiner, Associated Press; former reporter, Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois State Register, Anchorage Daily News; freelance editor, writer, consultant, whose articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, People magazine, Rolling Stone, Columbia Journalism Review and many other national, regional and online publications; Fulbright Scholar; winner, American Bar Assn. Gavel Award, UPI Spot News Award.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-U 
phone: (312) 369-8989
email: nday@colum.edu
Edgerton_Apr14 Betsy Edgerton
Associate Professor

M.S., Education, DePaul University; B.A., Journalism and English, Indiana University. Former executive editor, Crain Communications' Electronic Media. Freelance editor and writer for publications including Crain's Chicago Business. Writing and editing consultant.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-N 
phone: (312) 369-8914
email: bedgerton@colum.edu
Green_Apr14 Norma Fay Green
Professor
Director, Graduate Program

Ph.D., Mass Media, B.A., Journalism Michigan State University; M.S.J. Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; 25 years print media experience in newspapers, magazines, book publishing; Fulbright Scholar; Teaching Fellow, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication/Freedom Forum/Indiana University; Poynter Institute Faculty Fellowship; Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Ford Foundation and Lilly Endowment curriculum development grantee; AEJMC and National Federation of Press Women research awards; Columbia College Chicago teaching and student service awards; past president, Women in Communications Inc., Chicago Professional Chapter.

OFFICE: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-S 
phone: (312) 369-8920
email: ngreen@colum.edu
Iverson_Apr14 Barbara K. Iverson
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Public Policy Analysis, University of Illinois at Chicago; Publisher and co-founder hyper local news site ChicagoTalks.org. Current interests include copyright and copyleft, economics of intellectual property, business models for small news operations, and social network tools and communication.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-H 
phone: (312) 369-8909
email: biverson@colum.edu
url: currentbuzz.org

Joe_Apr14 Yolanda Joe
Associate Professor

M.A., Journalism, Columbia University NYC; B.A., English, Yale University; Summer Fellowship, British Literature, Oxford University. Former staff producer and writer, CBS-WBBM-TV. Freelance producer and writer whose work has appeared on WGN-TV and FOX 32 and published in The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Author of nine novels. Best Seller's List: Chicago Tribune and Essence Magazine.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-D
phone: (312) 369-8906
email: yjoe@colum.edu
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Jeff Kelly Lowenstein
Lecturer

M.S.J., Medill, Northwestern University; M.Ed., Northeastern University; Master's Certificate, Harvard University; B.A., History, Stanford University. Former database and investigative reporter, Hoy newspaper. Former staff reporter for The Chicago Reporter and South Shore Community News, and immediate past president of the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism. Freelance writer whose work has been published by The New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune. Fulbright Scholar, 2013, Fulbright Teacher, 1995. Author of two books. Received awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society for News Design, National Association of Black Journalists and Chicago Headline Club.

OFFICE: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-R
PHONE: (312) 369-8902
EMAIL: jkellylowenstein@colum.edu
Lawrence_Apr14 Curtis Lawrence
Associate Professor

M.S.J., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; B.A., Augustana College. Former urban affairs reporter, Chicago Sun-Times; former reporter Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Chicago Reporter and The Southtown Economist.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-C
phone: (312) 369-8905
email: clawrence@colum.edu
Leturia_Apr14 Elio Leturia
Associate Professor

M.S. Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992; Licenciatura in Communications, Universidad de Lima, Peru, 1989; B.S. Communications, Universidad de Lima, Peru, 1985. Former features designer, Detroit Free Press; former art director, Exito! / Chicago Tribune; former design and graphics editor, El Comercio, Lima , Peru; former assistant professor, Universidad de Lima, Peru; Fulbright scholar, 1990; Poynter Institute for Media Studies fellow, 1991; Society for News Design Awards of Excellence, 1991, 1997, 2002, 2003; National Association of Hispanic Journalists Print/Design Professional Award, 2004, 2005; freelance design consultant and writer in English and Spanish. Vice president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-O 
phone: (312) 369-8915
email: eleturia@colum.edu
Lyon_Apr14 Jeff Lyon
Senior Lecturer

B.S.J., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University Coordinator, Reporting on Health, Science, and the Environment; Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with Chicago Tribune, former deputy editor, Chicago Tribune magazine.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-C 
phone: (312) 369-8903
email: jlyon@colum.edu
McBride Suzanne McBride
Associate Chair, Associate Professor

M.S.J., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; B.A. Journalism and Psychology, University of Iowa. Former assistant managing editor at The Indianapolis Star; former reporter and editor for The Indianapolis News, The Terre Haute (Ind.) Tribune-Star and the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette. Worked as a congressional aide for former U.S. Rep. Tony P. Hall in Washington, D.C. Co-founder and co-publisher of ChicagoTalks.org, a local news site that's won national awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-A 
phone: (312) 369-8907
email: smcbride@colum.edu
Puente_Apr14 Teresa Puente
Associate Professor

M.F.A. in Fiction Writing, Columbia College Chicago; B.A. Journalism and Political Science, Indiana University-Bloomington. Founder of Latina Voices (funded with a grant from J-Lab and the McCormick Foundation) and writes an independent blog for Chicago Now (Chicago Tribune Media Co.) called Chicanísima. Former columnist and member of the editorial board of The Chicago Sun-Times.Former reporter for The Chicago Tribune, the Orange County (Calif.) Register, the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram and Hispanic Link News Service in Washington, D.C.; Former instructor of journalism and writing at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, Mexico. Recipient in 2000 of Studs Terkel Award from the Community Media Workshop for coverage of Chicago’s diverse communities. A journalist for almost 20 years writing extensively about immigration and the Latino community in the United States. Previously served on the board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and currently on the board of the Chicago Association of Hispanic Journalists and on the national board of JAWS, Journalism & Women Symposium.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-M 
phone: (312) 369-8911
email: tpuente@colum.edu
Schlossberg_Apr14 Howard Schlossberg
Associate Professor

M.A., Journalism, Northern Illinois University; 25 years newspaper and magazine experience; sports reporter, Daily Herald; former senior editor, Cahners Publishing, American Marketing Association; author, Sports Marketing.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-L 
phone: (312) 369-8904
email: hschlossberg@colum.edu
Spinner_Apr14 Jackie Spinner
Assistant Professor

M.J., Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley; B.S., Journalism, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Former staff writer (1995-2009), The Washington Post. Founder of two independent student newspapers in the Middle East, AUIS Voice in Iraq and Al Mir'ah in Oman. U.S. Fulbright Scholar, 2010-2011, Oman. Has published in Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Slate, Glamour, Aswat al-Iraq, American Journalism Review, Defense Quarterly Standard and U.S. Catholic News. Author of Tell Them I Didn't Cry: A young journalist's story of joy, loss and survival in Iraq (Scribner 2006). Co-director of Conflict Zone, a combat photojournalism exhibit.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-Q
phone: (312) 369-8238
email: jspinner@colum.edu
Strazewski_Apr14 Len Strazewski
Associate Professor

M.A., English, University of Illinois at Chicago; M.S., Industrial Relations, Loyola University. Coordinator, Computer-Assisted Reporting/New Media; frequent contributor to local and national news media, including Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, on technology, new media and employment issues; consultant, new media applications. Strazewski has been named Interim Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at the college for the 2012-2013 academic year.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-J 
phone: (312) 369-8901
email: lstrazewski@colum.edu
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Lillian Williams
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago; M.S.J., B.S.J, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Former print and broadcast reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and WKYC-TV in Cleveland. Teaching Fellow, Freedom Forum/Indiana University. Fellow, Radio-Television News Directors Foundation/Excellence in Journalism Education Program. Past President, Association for Women Journalists in Chicago.

office: 33 E. Congress Pkwy, Rm. 201-G 
phone: (312) 369-8908
email: lwilliams@colum.edu