Business and Economic Reporting, Director
Stephen Solomon’s most recent book, Ellery’s Protest: How One Young Man Defied Tradition and Sparked the Battle over School Prayer, explores the landmark 1963 case (Abington School District v. Schempp) in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that organized prayer and Bible reading in the public schools violated the First Amendment. He is currently working on An American Invention: The Founding Generation and the Struggle for Freedom of Speech, to be published by Macmillan in 2014.
Solomon is associate director of the Carter Journalism Institute. He is also the founder and director of the NYU Master of Arts program in Business and Economic Reporting. He received his B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Georgetown University. His academic specialty is First Amendment law, and he teaches courses on freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the Institute as well as in the Freshman Honors Program in the College of Arts and Science. He was awarded NYU’s Golden Dozen Award for excellence in teaching.
Solomon was a writer at Fortune magazine and has written for many national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and The Nation. His articles have won the two most prestigious awards for business writing, the Gerald Loeb Award and the John Hancock Award for Excellence, as well as the Sidney Hillman Prize. Professor Solomon is also co-author of Building 6: The Tragedy at Bridesburg, a book-length investigation of the working conditions that caused the deaths of 54 men from lung cancer at Rohm and Haas, a Fortune 500 chemical company in Philadelphia.
B.A., Economics, Reed College
Professor Penenberg is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, [Inside], Playboy and Mother Jones. A former Senior Editor at Forbes and reporter for Forbes.com, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of The New Republic--portrayed in the film Shattered Glass (Steve Zahn plays Penenberg).
A chapter of his first book, Spooked: Espionage in Corporate America (Perseus Books) was excerpted in The Sunday New York Times Magazine, while a portion of his second, Tragic Indifference: One Man's Battle With the Auto Industry Over the Dangers of SUVs (HarperBusiness, Nov. 2003), ran in USA Today. Penenberg has appeared on NBC's "Today Show" with Katie Couric, CNN's "American Morning" with Soledad O'Brien, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CNBC and NPR.
He wrote the popular "Media Hack" column for Wired News, was a columnist for Slate, and is now a contributing writer to Fast Company magazine.
Leslie Wayne is an award-winning former business reporter for The New York Times. In more than two decades at The Times, she produced over 1500 bylines on topics ranging from Wall Street to the economy to financial scandals. She has specialized in business investigations and been on The Times' campaign finance team in every Presidential election from 1996 to 2008.
Her Times’ assignments have included enterprise reports on major American corporations, executives and business trends. She has covered aerospace and defense, municipal finance and reported from Times’ bureaus in Washington, Los Angeles, London and Paris. Ms. Waynehas worked as a senior writer for The International Consortium of Investigative Reporters in Washington DC and was the lead reporter on “Lux Leaks,” which exposed on Luxembourg’s secret corporate tax breaks. In 2015, Lux Leaks earned a George Polk award, a New York Press Club award and a SABEW (Society of American Business Editors and Writers) award.
Ms. Wayne has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS Radio, Bloomberg television as well as Times' podcasts and videos. She has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business Journalism at Columbia. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan, was a state house reporter at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. and a special assignment reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She was selected in 2010 as the inaugural Donald W. Reynolds visiting professor in business journalism at Arizona State University and was a visiting professor in the Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2012. Ms. Wayne is a five-time winner of The New York Times "Publisher's Award," part of a team that won a Gerald Loeb award and a winner of the "Best of Bagehot" award honoring the best work from a Bagehot Fellow.
Mike McIntire is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. Since joining the Times in 2003, he has produced in-depth stories on a wide range of subjects, including presidential politics, terrorism and Wall Street bailouts. His investigation of corruption in college sports was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. Earlier in his career, he was the investigative editor at The Hartford Courant, where he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting and was a Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting on medical malpractice. He has also been a national writer at the Associated Press in New York, and a reporter and editor at several Connecticut newspapers. His investigation of dangerous conditions at nuclear power plants earned him a National Press Foundation Award, and he received a Scripps Howard Foundation National Public Service Award for exposing political corruption in Connecticut.