Ferris Professors in Residence  

John McPheeJohn 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)

Read more: Writing with the Master  and The New Yorker contributor page


Joe Stephens

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)

Read more: Stephens of The Washington Post named Ferris Professor in Residence


Visiting Journalism Professors, Spring 2015

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.

James B. Steele

James B. Steele is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and one of the nation’s most honored and widely acclaimed investigative journalists.  Recipient of virtually every national reporting award including two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Magazine Awards, Steele, along with his long-time writing partner Donald L. Bartlett, is also the co-author of eight books, including two New York Times best sellers. As a Ferris Professor in the spring, he will teach Investigative Journalism.


Noy ThrupkaewNoy Thrupkaew, an independent journalist, has written about human trafficking, labor exploitation, and forced prostitution for The New York Times, The GuardianNational Geographic, and The Nation. A contributing editor for The American Prospect, Thrupkaew has reported from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Iran, Morocco, and Cuba. She will lead a spring-term Ferris seminar on international news, focusing on local stories with global implications.


David WesselDavid Wessel directs the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings. Previously, he spent 30 years at The Wall Street Journal, where he was Economics Editor and wrote the weekly Capital column. Wessel has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and has written two New York Times bestsellers: In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic and Red Ink: Inside the High Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget. As a Ferris Professor, he will teach The Political Economy Beat in the spring.

2015-16 Visiting Journalism Professors

The Council of the Humanities is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Ferris Professors of Journalism. These distinguished visiting journalists (print, radio, and television) will lead seminars on international news, human rights reporting, intellectual journalism, investigative and accountability reporting, long-form narrative, digital journalism, and writing about subcultures and social worlds.

Roster of Visiting Journalists 1964-2014

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