Professors who teach in Reporting New York come from a variety of backgrounds, some from the academic community, others from newspapers, wire services or magazines. We also have a large number of adjunct professors who come to us from a number of New York newsrooms and thus provide students practical and up-to-date information and experience.
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.
Jason Samuels is an Emmy Award-winning network news and documentary producer.
Currently, Jason serves as a senior segment producer with the HBO news magazine Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
Before joining HBO Jason spent three years at CNN where he wrote and produced the primetime documentaries: Obama Revealed (2012), Silicon Valley: The New Promise Land (2011), and Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door (2011).
Jason has also worked as a senior producer at ESPN, BET and ABC News Digital where he led production of the World News Webcast with Charles Gibson, the first, original network newscast produced exclusively for the web.
As a long-form producer at NBC News from 1995 to 2006, Jason produced several primetime documentaries including: A Pattern of Suspicion, a groundbreaking data-driven examination of racial profiling that won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, an RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award and an Investigative Reporter and Editor Award.
Jason began his career in journalism as a news writer and producer at WCVB-TV in Boston (1993).
He received his B.A. from Tufts University, and a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
A veteran of the New York City press corps, Joe Calderone has more than 15 years of experience as an investigative reporter, covering politics, health care, labor and city government.
During his six years at The New York Daily News, he served as an investigative reporter, Chief of Investigations, and Investigations Editor, leading a team of investigative reporters assigned to cover New York City issues. Before joining the News, Calderone worked for a dozen years at Newsday and New York Newsday, where he covered City Hall and also served on the newspaper's Investigations Team under legendary editor Bob Greene, a founder of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE). In 1984, Calderone was a member of a team of Newsday reporters that won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting on the Baby Jane Doe case.
At the Daily News, Calderone spearheaded a groundbreaking series on the city's asthma epidemic. The series won the Deadline Club's highest honor, the Public Service Award, and the Associated Press First Place Award for Depth Reporting in New York State. After the series was published, the city health department made fighting asthma a top priority.
More recently, Calderone co-authored stories exposing understaffing in city nursing homes and abuses among guardians appointed to protect the assets of incapacitated elderly clients. The nursing home series won the 1999 Society of Silurians Award for Investigative Reporting. Calderone also has worked as a private investigator at Kroll Associates, a global risk consulting company specializing in investigative, intelligence and security services. He also served as press secretary to former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and currently is Vice President of Market Development & Public Affairs at the Long Island Rail Road. His students at NYU have won national awards for exposing weaknesses in how NYU reports campus crime. More recently, his graduate students produced a series on substandard living conditions at public housing projects in the East Village.
Farai Chideya is an award-winning journalist and professor who has worked in print, television, radio, and digital media. Over the years, Chideya was a producer for MTV News; an on-air political analyst for CNN; a reporter and guest host at ABC News; a host at Oxygen Media; and the host of the NPR program News and Notes. She is the author of four books: Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans; The Color of Our Future; Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters; and the novel Kiss the Sky. She blogs at Farai.com; is a contributor to New York Public Radio; and appears on cable television programs and radio programs regarding politics. Awards include a National Education Reporting Award; an award for best radio documentary from the National Association of Black Journalists; and a special awards for coverage of AIDS in communities of color from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists' Association.
Lori Grinker is an award-winning documentary photojournalist. While a student at Parsons School of Design, she conducted a photo essay on young boxers who worked with legendary trainer Cus D’Amato, included in this group was a 13 year-old Mike Tyson who she continued to photograph for the following decade. Since then she has worked in over 60 countries covering stories from child soldiers in Cambodia to the September 11, 2011 attack on the World Trade Center.
Grinker’s work has been exhibited and published internationally, garnering many awards, including a World Press Photo Foundation Prize, New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fellowship, Open Society Community Engagement Grant, the Ochberg Fellowship and a Hasselblad Foundation Grant. Her photo-essays have featured in numerous publications such as Life; The New York Times Magazine; Newsweek; People; Paris Match, London Sunday Times magazine; Stern, and GEO. Her photographs are held in the collections of the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; San Francisco MOMA (among others).
Grinker has published two books: The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (co-authored with writer Diana Bletter) and Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict, and is currently working on a book of her photographs of Mike Tyson.
In April 2003, Grinker was embedded on the USNS Hospital ship during the US invasion of Iraq, following this she reported on the Iraqi refugee crisis creating a traveling exhibition and educational program with Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility. In 2008, this work was featured on Bill Moyers Journal. In 2012 Grinker worked on her first short documentary, The Little Freedom Church (for the Black Heritage Network). Grinker’s 2013 multimedia piece, The Wilderness After War about the effects of PTSD on three former U.S. service members was featured in Acts of Witness and the PBS NewsHour online. Her current long-term project, Distant Relations, explores her family’s diaspora.
A lecturer at Yale since 2010, and a faculty member at ICP, Grinker teaches photography workshops around the world. She is represented by Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York, and has been a member of Contact Press Images since 1988.
Pete Hamill is a veteran New York journalist and novelist. He's the author of numerous books, including Downtown: My Manhattan, Diego Rivera and A Drinking Life. His nine novels include Snow in August and Forever, both of which were New York Times bestsellers.
Hamill was born in Brooklyn, the eldest son of Irish immigrant parents. After service in the U.S. Navy, he attended Mexico City College in 1956-57, as a student on the G.I. Bill. He began his journalistic career in 1960 at the New York Post. He has covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon and Northern Ireland, as well as the domestic disturbances in American cities in the 1960s. His work appeared in the Post, Daily News, and Village Voice. In addition to his many years as a columnist, he has served as editor-in-chief of both the New York Post and the New York Daily News.
At the same time, he wrote for many magazines: the Saturday Evening Post, New York (where he was a contributing writer for 25 years), Esquire and others. He has two daughters and one grandson. He and his wife, writer Fukiko Aoki, divide their time between New York City and Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Ruth Hochberger, with 25 years of experience in legal journalism, was editor-in-chief of the New York Law Journal for 12 years. A lawyer and member of the New York Bar, she began her professional career as a criminal defense lawyer for The Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. She joined the Law Journal in 1976 as the paper’s first feature reporter, and then held positions as publisher of a division that produced monthly legal newsletters, managing editor of the 120-year-old daily Law Journal, and ultimately its editor-in-chief. She also supervised the Law Journal's magazine for young lawyers, New York Lawyer, and the paper's Web site, www.nylj.com. Since leaving the Law Journal in 2001, she has taught a seminar in "Covering Courts, Trials and the Justice System" at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and beginning reporting and media law and ethics to undergraduate and graduate journalism students at NYU and City University of New York, as well as a media law seminar at New York Law School. She contributes occasionally to The Huffington Post on press ethics issues.
Perri Klass, M.D. has been writing as a medical journalist dating back to her years as a student at Harvard Medical School in the 1980s, when she published a series of essays, reflections on medical training, in the Hers column of The New York Times. Since that time she has published her medical journalism in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times Science Section, The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The New England Journal of Medicine, Esquire, Parenting, and Vogue. She has written regular columns about medicine for Discover Magazine, American Health, Massachusetts Medicine, and Diversion. Her essays about medicine and medical training have been collected in the books A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student (1987), and Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician’s Training (1992). At NYU, Dr. Klass will be a professor both in Journalism and in Pediatrics.
Klass is particularly interested in issues of medicine and ethics, issues of infectious disease and issues of pediatrics and literacy. She also writes regularly about travel, food, parenting, and knitting. She is the recipient of a James Beard Journalism Award for magazine writing on diet, nutrition, and health, a Virtual Mentor Award from the American Medical Association, awarded for her writing, and an Honors Award from the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association, along with five O. Henry Awards for her short fiction. She has frequently lectured on medicine and writing, including commencement addresses at many medical schools. Her role as a medical journalist was recently featured in the National Library of Medicine exhibit on Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians at the National Institutes of Health. She received her A.B. from Harvard in 1979, her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1986, completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Boston, in 1989, her fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital in 1992, and practiced pediatrics at an urban health care clinic in Boston for 12 years. As the Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, a national literacy program, she has trained physicians around the country on how to integrate books and advice about reading aloud into pediatrics. She has taught science writing at Harvard University, and has served as Chair of the Executive Board of PEN New England.
Klass is the author of three novels, The Mystery of Breathing (2004), Other Women’s Children (1990), and Recombinations (1985), and two collections of short stories, Love and Modern Medicine (2001), and I Am Having an Adventure (1986). Her other books include Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In (coauthored with Eileen Costello, MD, 2003) and Every Mother Is A Daughter (coauthored with Sheila Solomon Klass, 2006).
Yvonne Latty is the Director of the Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation programs at the Institute. Her award winning documentary "Sacred Poison" on the effects of uranium contamination in Navajo Nation has been screened all over the world.
Latty is the author of In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive (Polipoint Press 2006) and the critically acclaimed We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq (Harper Collins/Amistad 2004).
She worked for the Philadelphia Daily News for 13 years where she was an award winning reporter specializing in urban issues. Latty was featured in two History Channel's Documentaries, Honor Deferred and the Emmy award winner A Distant Shore: African Americans at D-Day.
Born and raised in New York City, she earned a BFA in Film/Television and later an MA in Journalism from New York University. Her nonfiction short stories have been published in It's A Girl:Women Writers On Raising Daughters, (Seal 2006) The African American History Bibliography (Oxford Press 2008) and Callaloo, the premier African-American literary magazine.
In Conflict was turned into a theater piece that premiered at Temple University in October 2007, received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was awarded The Fringe First Award. In Conflict played Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theater. In Conflict was also at the heart of a Wilton, Conn. high school play that after being banned by the school principal, became an international story and was then performed in several Off- Broadway theaters, including The Public Theater.
Both plays were published by Playscripts in June 2008.
Latty is a Dart Fellow for Journalism and Trauma and a Leeway Foundation Fellow. She a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is the Academic At Large Officer on the NAHJ board. She has lectured nationally.
Her work has appeared in USA Today, Chicago Sun Times, BET.com, The Washington Post and numerous other media outlets. She has been featured in over 100 media outlets including, Newsweek, CNN, The New York Times, CNN International, Fox News, NPR, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press.
Daniel Maurer joined NYU in 2011 as editor of The Local East Village, the Arthur L. Carter Institute's hyperlocal collaboration with The New York Times. In 2013 he founded Bedford + Bowery, a site covering downtown Manhattan and North Brooklyn in collaboration with New York magazine. Previously, as an online editor at New York, he co-founded Grub Street, one of New York's pioneering restaurant blogs. While writing more than 7,500 posts over the course of five years, Maurer grew the blog's traffic steadily and helped expand it to five other cities. Grub Street New York was nominated for three James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards— it won in 2008 (for Multimedia Writing on Food) and then again in 2011 (for Group Blog) when Maurer was chief editor. It has also been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and won a MIN Best of the Web award in 2007.
Before joining New York, Maurer was assistant editor at Grove/Atlantic. He edited bestselling author Winston Groom’s 1942: The Year That Tried Men’s Souls, as well as Under Radar, a novel by Michael Tolkin, author of The Player. He also acquired nonfiction such asPigeons by Andrew Blechman and novels such as I, Lucifer by Glenn Duncan.
Maurer's humor and journalism has appeared in The New York Times, New York, Metro, McSweeneys.net, Gawker and other magazines and websites. He was a contributor to the Shecky’s Bar, Club, and Lounge Guide: 2005 and an editor of the 2014 Louis Vuitton City Guide: New York. His non-fiction has been anthologized in the books Prostitution and Lost and Found: Stories from New York.
Professor Mihai, the broadcast operations manager of the department, is a freelance videographer, independent producer and multi-media designer. He produced and directed several documentaries, "E Pluribus Unum" (1994), a film that investigates the spiritual milieu of first generation immigrants from Romania, as they become integrated into the various folds of the American society, "Someone Has Killed The Sphinx" (1995), a film offers an analysis of Romanian social realities following the overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship, as seen through the staging of"Oedipus", at the Romanian National Opera House, "Crossroads" (1998), a film that takes a look at Columbia University's Graduate Acting Program, created and steered by renowned Romanian-American director Andrei Serban, "E Biagoresqo Drom / The Endless Journey", a documentary about the Rroma/Gypsy communities of Romania. Professor Mihai worked as freelance cameraman for various news organizations such as Bloomberg televison news, BBC America, CNN. Since 1996, he has taught undergraduates and graduates "Electronic News Gathering".
Joe Peyronnin has been an award winning producer and senior executive in broadcast journalism for 40 years at CBS News, Fox News and Telemundo/NBC News. Since January 2006 he has worked as an investor and corporate adviser to digital media content and software companies. He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and FOXNews.com, where he writes and comments about politics, business and media.
Peyronnin created Telemundo's first network news division in 1999 and ran it until his departure in 2006. During his tenure as Executive Vice President News and Information Programming for the Miami-based Spanish language network he built an international news organization and launched many news programs. Telemundo received critical praise for its coverage of the terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center in September, 2001, and its coverage of the Iraq War. Peyronnin was President of Fox News in 1995-1996, where he put together the core of what is now the Fox News Channel and created Fox News Sunday.
From 1989 to 1995 he served as Vice President and Assistant to the President for CBS News where he was in charge of news programming, including 60 Minutes, 48 Hours and The CBS Evening News, as well as world-wide news gathering. He had previously worked as CBS News Washington Bureau Chief and as a White House producer. As a CBS News producer he also covered all of the US-Soviet Summits, the Israeli invasion of Beirut, Lebanon, in 1982, President Reagan's visit to China in 1984, and several presidential elections and conventions. He has met every U.S. President from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.
Peyronnin began his career in 1970 as a local news producer at WBBM-TV Chicago. He has collected two Emmy Awards for breaking news and a Polk award for CBS News coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student uprising in Beijing, China. Peyronnin is currently chairman of the board for the Mental Health Association of New York City, a trustee at Columbia College Chicago and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned an MBA from Roosevelt University in 1977.