Journalism Professors - 2013-2014
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.
Frank Bruni, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, is unique in having covered so many beats, from the White House and political reporting to foreign correspondence and restaurant reviews. His spring-term McGraw Seminar, Writing with Appetite, will explore how food mirrors so much about our lives and how the challenges of good food writing distill those of all writing.
Steve Drummond, Senior National Editor for NPR News, oversees NPR’s domestic news coverage with a staff of 70 reporters, editors and producers. In his Ferris seminar this fall on reporting and writing for radio, students will produce short segments that are suitable for radio broadcasting.
Carol Giacomo, foreign affairs editorial writer for the New York Times, writes commentary about national security. Previously a diplomatic correspondent for Reuters, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. This fall, she is leading a Ferris seminar on editorials: how they are conceived and constructed and how they aim to shape national debate on important issues.
David Kocieniewski, recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes and author of a book about NYPD corruption, is a New York Times investigative reporter working at the intersection of politics and business to expose corporate fraud and malfeasance. As Ferris Professor in the spring, he is teaching investigative reporting.
Mike McGraw, recipient of both Pulitzer and Polk awards, is an investigative reporter for the Kansas City Star. He has uncovered corruption in arenas as varied as agriculture and athletics, criminal justice and the art market. As Ferris Professor this fall he is leading a seminar on investigative reporting.
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.
Amy Ellis Nutt of the Newark Star-Ledger won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2011. She is the author of Shadows Bright as Glass: The Remarkable Story of One Man’s Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph. This fall she is teaching a Ferris seminar on the art and craft of non-fiction writing.
Evan Thomas, former Newsweek editor-at-large, author of eight books and more than 100 cover stories, has won two National Magazine Awards. His newest book is Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World. As Ferris Professor in Residence, he is teaching The Media in America this fall and Narrative Writing in the spring.
Keith Richburg of the Washington Post brings to his spring-term Ferris seminar on foreign correspondence a lifetime of experience in Paris, Hong Kong, Nairobi, Southeast Asia and, most recently, Beijing. Author of a memoir entitled Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Asia, he has received Polk Awards for Foreign Reporting and for Economics.