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 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.
Jennifer Kahn is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and has been a regular feature writer for The New Yorker, National Geographic, Wired, and Outside, among others. Her work has been selected for the Best American Science Writing series four times. Since 2008, she has taught in the Magazine Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and was a visiting lecturer at Stanford in 2012. You can see more of her work at www.jenniferkahn.com . She will teach An Introduction to Magazine Writing.
Kira Kay is founder and director of the Bureau for International Reporting, a non-profit news organization dedicated to the coverage of “overlooked” foreign issues and regions. Through the BIR, she serves as a Special Correspondent for PBS NewsHour. She has won the Robert F. Kennedy Award in International Journalism, for her reporting in Uganda, and several Emmy awards and nominations. She will teach a seminar on international human rights reporting.
D.T. Max is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has written two books, The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery (2006), a study of prion disease, and the best-selling Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (2012). He is currently a Guggenheim Fellow at work on The Most Conspicuous Person on the Planet, a book about Mark Twain. He will teach Narrative Writing.
Laura Secor is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Affairs, and other publications. She has worked as a staff editor for the New York Times Op-Ed page, a reporter for the Boston Globe's Ideas section, acting executive editor of the American Prospect, and an editor and writer for Lingua Franca magazine. Her book on Iran's reform movement will be published by Riverhead Books in the winter of 2016. Her course is Writing about Ideas.
Deborah Amos reports on the Middle East for NPR. The author of two books, she spent a decade in television news and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her awards include the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the Edward R Murrow Life Time Achievement Award. In 2013 she was honored by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for her coverage of the Syrian uprising. She will teach a course in International News Reporting.
David Kushner is the award-winning author of Masters of Doom, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, Levittown, Jacked, and The Bones of Marianna. A contributing editor of Rolling Stone, he writes for publications including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and New York Times Magazine. The winner of the New York Press Club award for Best Feature Reporting, he is featured in The Best American Crime Reporting and The Columbia Journalism Review's Best Business Writing. He will teach Writing about Digital Culture.
Amy Waldman is a writer of both nonfiction and fiction. Her work has been published in the New Yorker and the Atlantic, among other publications, and she spent eight years as a reporter for the New York Times, including three as bureau chief in New Delhi. She also has been a professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Her first novel, The Submission, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2011. Her seminar will be Writing on Subcultures and Social Worlds.