Ferris Professors in Residence
John McPhee, New Yorker writer and author of 30 books, has been a Ferris Professor since 1974, leading two seminars every three years. Recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a George Polk Career Award for his “indelible mark on American journalism during his nearly half-century career,” he is teaching a spring-term seminar on Creative Non-Fiction, specially designed for sophomores. (Photo by Yolanda Whitman)
Joe Stephens, Ferris Professor in Residence and investigative projects reporter for The Washington Post, is a three-time winner of the George Polk Award and three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. One of his best-known investigations focused on pharmaceutical companies testing drugs overseas. His piece about the Nature Conservancy is the prototypical investigation of a major charity. He teaches Investigative Journalism and The Media in America. (Photo courtesy of The Washington Post)
Visiting Journalism Professors, Fall 2016
Each year eminent journalists teach at Princeton, thanks to three generous donors whom we gratefully acknowledge: Edwin F. Ferris of the Princeton Class of 1899; Harold W. McGraw, Jr., of the Class of 1940, and the E. Franklin Robbins Trust in honor of the late William G. Michaelson, Class of 1959, and his daughter Robin L. Michaelson, Class of 1989. This year's professors join a roster that includes many of America’s most distinguished writers. Their seminars are listed among the journalism (JRN) courses sponsored by the Humanities Council.
Yasmine El Rashidi will teach “The Journalist as Historian.” She is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, an editor of the Middle East culture journal Bidoun, and author of The Battle for Egypt. Her essays have been anthologized in Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The New York Review Abroad: Fifty Years of International Reportage. Her next book on Egypt, Chronicle of a Last Summer, is forthcoming from Crown (2016). She is currently a 2015/16 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.
Kathleen McCleery will teach “Covering the Presidential Campaign.” She is a special correspondent and freelance producer for the PBS NewsHour reporting a wide range of stories from politics to the environment, education, science, health care, and the arts. She’s spent her 40-year career as a broadcast journalist. On staff for 18 years at the NewsHour, she served as deputy executive producer overseeing editorial, technical, and online operations. At Princeton, she was WPRB’s first female news director. She’s covered Presidential elections since 1980, and her seminar will center on media coverage of the 2016 race.
Beena Sarwar will teach a course on causes, politics, and media. She is a journalist and documentary filmmaker with a focus on human rights, gender, media, and peace issues; currently Editor, Aman ki Asha (Hope for Peace) with the Jang Group, Pakistan and The Times of India. Positions held include founding editor The News on Sunday, producer Geo TV, and op-ed editor The News. Fellowships include Nieman (Harvard University); Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (Harvard Kennedy School). She taught journalism at Harvard Summer School and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University.
Robert Smith will teach a course on telling stories for the radio. He is a correspondent and host for NPR's Planet Money, a podcast that explains the mysteries of the global economy. His stories make complicated topics seem fun, engaging and understandable. You've heard his work on public radio programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered and This American Life. Before his current gig, Robert was NPR's correspondent in New York City, covering the mayhem and madness of the greatest city in the world.
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