Meryl Gordon is the Director of Magazine Writing at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She is the author of Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach, published in December 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and a New York Times bestseller.
A magazine writer for nearly 25 years, with more than 150 major features to her credit, she has specialized in profiles, politics, business and lifestyle features. She has been a contributing editor at New York Magazine and Elle, and her articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Marie-Claire, Reader's Digest, More, Redbook, Gourmet and Travel & Leisure.
A native of Rochester, N.Y. and a graduate of the University of Michigan, she covered economics out of Washington, D.C. for Gannett News Service and USA Today. She began her career as a newspaper reporter for the Cincinnati Post, and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
Robert S. Boynton is the director of NYU's Literary Reportage concentration. He was graduated with honors in philosophy and religion from Haverford College, and received an MA in political science from Yale University. His book, The New New Journalism was published by Vintage Books in 2005, and he has written about culture and ideas for The New Yorker (where he has been a contributing editor) and Harper's (where he has been a senior editor). His byline has also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Lingua Franca, Bookforum, Columbia Journalism Review, The New Republic, The Nation, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone and many other publications. For a selection of his work, go to robertboynton.com. Information about The New New Journalism can be found at newnewjournalism.com.
Rob Brunner was an editor and writer at Entertainment Weekly and EW.com for 16 years, most recently as Editor-at-Large. He has served as EW’s music editor, lead book critic and TV- and movie-review-section editor, and he was the launch editor of EW.com’s Music Mix blog. He has also written for New York, Spin, The Awl, Men’s Journal and The Village Voice, among other publications. Brunner has a BA from Bard College and an MA in journalism from NYU, where he was a member of the first-ever Cultural Reporting and Criticism graduating class. You can see some of his work at http://clippings.me/robbrunner.
Ted Conover is the author of five books, most recently The Routes of Man, about roads, and Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, an account of his ten months spent working as a corrections officer at New York's Sing Sing Prison. Newjack won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001 and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His other books are Whiteout: Lost in Aspen, Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders With America's Illegal Migrants, ( and Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails With America's Hoboes. A summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College, Conover spent two years at Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from Amherst and in 2003, a Guggenheim Fellowship. In recent years he has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Oregon. He contributes to publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others.
Jeff Giles is the Deputy Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly, where he oversees movies and books coverage. Prior to EW, he spent more than a decade as an arts writer and editor at Newsweek, where he profiled Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jack Nicholson, and Al Pacino, among many others; invented the magazine’s oft-imitated Oscar Roundtable; and served as a Rohan Army extra in Lord of the Rings while chronicling the trilogy from start to finish (Peter Jackson shot a close-up of him, then cut it, saying he “looked silly.”) Giles has also written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, and many other magazine and web sites. He has won a feature-writing award from New York’s Deadline Club, and moderated a panel with Peter Jackon and James Cameron in front of an audience of 6,000 at Comic-Con. Giles is a graduate of Brown University. He began his career as a typist at the New Yorker.
Brooke Kroeger directs Global and Joint Program Studies and is the faculty liaison for The Local East Village, the collaborative community news and information site of NYU Journalism and the New York Times. She was department chair from 2005-2011 and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s inaugural director from 2008-2011.
She is a 2013 Senior Fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.
She is the author of Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception and its companion database; Passing: When People Can't Be Who They Are (Fall 2003), Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst (1999), and Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist (1994).
As a journalist, she worked for Newsday, serving as UN Correspondent and as a deputy metropolitan editor for New York Newsday. This followed an eight-year stint overseas in the Scripps Howard days of United Press International with postings in Chicago, Brussels, London and Tel Aviv. She was Tel Aviv bureau chief for three years before returning to London to serve as the agency's chief editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She started with the wire service in its Chicago bureau, and over the course of four years, wrote about everything from local and state politics to sports. Her freelanced work has appeared in various magazines as well as in the New York Times, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. She was the principal consultant for the PBS documentary on Nellie Bly for “The American Experience: Around the World in 72 Days." Reviews of her books and a selection of her work can be viewed on her website.
Nick Marino co-edits the front of book for GQ. He previously ran front-of-book sections for Men's Health and Paste, and has written for Entertainment Weekly, Outside, The Boston Globe, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He taught critical writing at the University of Mississippi in 2005 and magazine writing at the University of Georgia in 2010.
Pamela Newkirk is the author of Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, (New York University Press, 2000), which was awarded the National Press Club Award for Media Criticism. She is editor of A Love No Less: More Than Two Centuries of African American Love Letters, (Doubleday, January 2003); and the forthcoming Letters From Black America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, February 2009). Prior to joining the faculty, Newkirk worked as a daily journalist at four different news organizations, including New York Newsday, where in 1990 she was among the reporting team awarded a Pulitzer Prize for spot news. Her primary areas of interest are race in the news media and African American art and culture. Her articles have been published in a wide range of publications including The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post and ARTnews.
Michael Norman, is the co-author of TEARS IN THE DARKNESS: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath (2009), a work of narrative non-fiction that was on the New York Times bestseller list for eight weeks and was picked by Times critic Dwight Garner, as well as other reviewers, as one of the top ten books of year. He has also written THESE GOOD MEN: Friendships Forged in War, a memoir published to critical acclaim in 1990. He is a former reporter and columnist for The New York Times national, foreign and metropolitan desks and was the inaugural writer for the following New York Times columns: "A Sense of Place", a monthly column that explored the dislocations of modern life in one suburban town; "Lessons", a national column on education; and "Our Towns", a twice-weekly column on life outside New York City.
Norman's work also includes major articles for various other national publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine and GQ Magazine. His work has been syndicated both here and abroad. He is currently working on a second book with his wife, Elizabeth M. Norman, an exploration of Bellevue Hospital in New York, the oldest continuously operating public hospital in the country.
Mary W. Quigley is a journalist who writes about adult children as well as women and work issues. Her blog, www.mothering21.com, tackles parenting emerging adults and beyond. Her most recent book is Going Back to Work: A Survival Guide (St. Martin's Press, 2004). She is also the co-author of And What Do You Do? When Women Chose to Stay Home. (Wildcat Canyon press, 2000). She has freelanced for numerous magazines and newspapers, ranging from More magazine to Newsday. She teaches research, reporting and writing courses on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Michael Solomon is the editor of Byliner.com and a contributor editor at The Daily Beast, where he had been features director. Previously, he was executive editor of ESPN Books, which he helped found, and the editor-in-chief of Premiere magazine. He began his career at Esquire, immediately following his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, and was the magazine’s longtime features editor. He has also been an editor at Vogue, Mirabella, and Us Weekly, and has written for several publications, including Vanity Fair, Elle, Newsweek, and the Guardian. He is the author of several books, most recently I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin.
Mitchell Stephens is the author of A History of News, an extended history of journalism that has been translated into four languages and was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year." His latest book, the rise of the image the fall of the word, a historical analysis of our current communications revolution, was published by Oxford University Press. Professor Stephens is also the author of Broadcast News, the most widely used radio and television news textbook, and the co-author of Writing and Reporting the News. In recent years, he has written numerous articles on media issues and aspects of contemporary thought for publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Columbia Journalism Review.
Professor Stephens recently completed a trip around the world, during which he reported on globalization for the public radio program "Marketplace" and the webzine Feed and wrote essays on travel for LonelyPlanet.com. His commentaries have aired on NPR's "On the Media." Professor Stephens has been history consultant to the Newseum.
Carol Sternhell writes about feminism, literature, and motherhood. Her literary criticism and essays on feminist scholarship have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and The Women's Review of Books. She was the founding director of NYU's undergraduate women's studies program and served for years as associate editor of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Before coming to NYU, she worked as an editor at Newsday, a general assignment reporter for the New York Post, and a freelance magazine writer. She began her journalistic career as an editor of The Harvard Crimson during the days of anti-Vietnam War protest, and served as faculty advisor to NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News, during our most recent war. She has recently stepped down as president of the FAS Women's Faculty Caucus.
Professor Sternhell created the department's study-abroad programs in London, UK; Prague, Czech Republic; and Accra, Ghana.
Tunku Varadarajan is the editor of Newsweek International. He is also the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He was an editor at the Wall Street Journal from 2000 to 2007, an executive editor for opinion at Forbes, and served at the Times of London as both the New York and Madrid bureau chief. He has been a clinical professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University, an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and a lecturer in law at Trinity College, Oxford. He is currently, also, an adjunct professor at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches International Reporting.
Lawrence Weschler, a graduate of Cowell College of the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been, since the early '80s, a staff writer for The New Yorker, where his work has shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992) and was recently granted a Lannan Literary Award. His books of political reportage include "The Passion of Poland" (1984); "A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers" (1990); "Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas" (1998), and the forthcoming "Vermeer in Bosnia." His "Passions and Wonders" series currently comprises "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin" (1982); "David Hockney's Cameraworks" (1984); "Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders" (1995); "A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces" (1998); and "Boggs: A Comedy of Values" (1999). He has taught, variously, at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar, and Sarah Lawrence, and is a contributing editor of McSweeney's and Threepenny Review.