Journalism Professors

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.

Professors 2014-2015

Bruce Auster is National Public Radio's Senior Editor for National Security, overseeing coverage of U.S. military action, terrorism, surveillance, and veterans. Previously, he was Senior Editor of NPR's Morning Edition. His fall-semester audio journalism course will focus on radio storytelling in the digital age.

Pam Belluck is a health and science writer for The New York Times, where she served for a decade as a national bureau chief. In her fall-semester course on Health and Science Journalism, students will use video, graphics, and social media to explain complex and controversial issues in science and medicine.

Eliza Griswold is independent journalist whose work on conflict, religion and human rights has appeared in many publications. She is author of the New York Times best-selling book The Tenth Parallel and translator of a book of poems by Afghan women. She will teach a fall-term course on unconventional foreign correspondence.

Richard Just is the former editor of The New Republic and, most recently, Newsweek. His work has appeared in many venues including The Washington Post, Slate, and The American Prospect. He will teach a fall-semester McGraw Seminar on Writing for Intellectual Magazines.

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.

Jim Steele, investigative reporter and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, is legendary for tackling the most complicated issues, such as healthcare, the tax system, and nuclear waste. He has won two Pulitzer prizes, two National Magazine Awards, and six Polk Awards, and co-authored eight books. As a Ferris Professor, Steele is leading a spring-term seminar on investigative reporting: its history, its techniques, and its role in society.

Joe Stephens, Ferris Professor in Residence and an 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. He is teaching a fall-term course on Investigative Journalism, with a focus on accountability reporting, and a spring-term course on The Media in America.

Noy Thrupkaew is a contributing editor for The American Prospect. She is currently writing a book about human trafficking and labor exploitation and has reported from Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Iran, Morocco, Vietnam, and Cuba. Her spring course on International News will focus on writing local stories with global implications, including national security policy, migration and social inequality, and trauma and resistance in refugee communities.

David Wessel, previously the Economics Editor and Chief Economics Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, now directs a new fiscal policy center at the Brookings Institute. He will teach a spring-term course on The Political Economy Beat, with a focus on the craft of writing about fiscal and monetary policy, election campaigns, living standards, social trends, and inequality.

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