Professors of Journalism

John McPhee, Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker writer and author of more than 30 books, has been Ferris Professor since 1974, teaching two semesters every three years.


Ferris Professor in Residence

2014-2019 Joe StephensWashington Post

2007-2014 Evan ThomasNewsweek


Visiting Journalism Professors Roster 1964-2013

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1964-1973
* Irving Dilliard, St. Louis Post Dispatch

1973-1974
* Larry L. King, author

1974-1975
* John McPhee '53, New Yorker (to present)

1975-1976
* Haynes Johnson, Washington Post

1976-1977
* Robert Massie '78, biographer
* Victor Navasky, The Nation

1977-1978
* Donald Oberdorfer '52, Washington Post

1978-1979
* Haynes Johnson, Washington Post

1979-1980
* Jeremy Bernstein, New Yorker 
* Blair Clark, CBS News and The Nation
* Geoffrey Wolff '61, novelist and essayist

1980-1981
* Robert J. Donovan, author

1981-1982
* Jeremy Bernstein, New Yorker
* Gloria Emerson, author

1982-1983
* Lucinda Franks, author
* Donald Oberdorfer '52, Washington Post

1983-1984
* Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
* Walter Guzzardi, Jr. '42, Fortune

1984-1985
* Ronald Steel, policy analyst
◊ John Noble Wilford, New York Times

1985-1986
* Gloria Emerson, author
* Francine du Plessix Gray, novelist and critic
* Robert Massie '78, biographer
◊ Harrison E. Salisbury, New York Times

1986-1987
◊ William Greider ’58, author
* Donald Oberdorfer '52, Washington Post

1987-1988
* John Herbers, New York Times
◊ Walter Sullivan, New York Times

1988-1989
* Jane Kramer, New Yorker
* Jonathan Schell, author
◊ Stuart S. Taylor, Jr. '70, New York Times

1989-1990
◊ James Gleick, author
* Paul Taylor, Washington Post

1990-1991
◊ Richard Gilman, author, drama critic
* David K. Shipler, New York Times

1991-1992
* Jeremy Bernstein, New Yorker
* John Darnton, New York Times
* Charles Kaiser, author
◊ Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University
* Jeremy Treglown, Times Literary Supplement
* Geoffrey Wolff '61, novelist and essayist

1992-1993
* Gloria Emerson, author
◊ Samuel G. Freedman, author
* Roger Mudd, NBC, CBS, PBS

1993-1994
* Nancy Reid Gibbs, Time
* Roger Mudd, NBC, CBS, PBS
◊ Karl E. Meyer, New York Times

1994-1995
* Barbara Crossette, New York Times
* Jim Hoagland, Washington Post
◊ Landon Y. Jones '66, People
* David Remnick '81, New Yorker

1995-1996
◊ Malcolm W. Browne, New York Times
* Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
* Paul Taylor, Washington Post
* Milton Viorst, New Yorker

1996-1997
* Jonathan Alter, Newsweek
* Charlotte Grimes, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
* Gina Kolata, New York Times
◊ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
* Isabel Wilkerson, New York Times

1997-1998
* Leslie Cockburn, NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS
* Jean Strouse, biographer
* Lawrence Weschler, New Yorker
◊ Jonathan Weiner, science writer
* Christopher Wren, New York Times

1998-1999
* Nat Hentoff, Washington Times, Village Voice
* Jonathan Sanders, CBS News
* Serge Schmemann, New York Times
◊ Alice Steinbach, Baltimore Sun
* Richard Stengel '77, Time

1999-2000
* Ethan Bronner, New York Times
◊ Mitchel Levitas, New York Times
* Melvin McCray '74, ABC News and documentary film producer
* Kay Mills, Los Angeles Times

2000-2001
* Jill Abramson, New York Times
* Ralph Begleiter, CNN
* Juanita Darling, Los Angeles Times
* Maria Ressa '86, CNN
◊ Paula Span, Washington Post
* Michael Vitez, Philadelphia Inquirer

2001-2002
* Michael Dobbs, Washington Post
* Barton Gellman '82, Washington Post
* Roberta Oster Sachs, Dateline NBC News
∆ John Seabrook '81, New Yorker
◊ Jim Willse, Newark Star-Ledger
* Alexander Wolff '80, Sports Illustrated
   Christopher Wren, New York Times (Robert Stuart '37 Visiting Professor)

2002-2003
∆ Joel Achenbach '82, Washington Post
◊ Ken Armstrong, Chicago Tribune
* Peter Godwin, BBC, London Sunday Times
* Donna Liu, CNN
   Serge Schmemann, New York Times (Robert Stuart '37 Visiting Professor)
* Calvin Sims, New York Times

2003-2004
∆ Jim Dwyer, New York Times
* Jeff Gerth, New York Times
* Chris Hedges, New York Times
* Evan Thomas, Newsweek
◊ Marilyn Thompson, Washington Post
* Marc Fisher '80, Washington Post

2004-2005
* Jeffrey Bartholet, Newsweek
◊ Juliet Eilperin ‘92, Washington Post
* Gilbert Gaul, Washington Post
* Roy Gutman, Newsweek
* Emilie Lounsberry, Philadelphia Inquirer
∆ David Maraniss, Washington Post
* Joel Stein, Time

2005-2006
* Felicity Barringer, New York Times
* Filip Bondy, New York Daily News
* Katherine Carpenter '79, documentary filmmaker
* Roger Cohen, New York Times
* Pippa Green, South African Public Broadcasting
◊ Margo Jefferson, New York Times
◊ Elizabeth Kendall, author and critic
* Chuck Lewis, Center for Public Integrity
* Geraldine Moriba-Meadows, NBC News
∆ Deborah Sontag, New York Times

2006-2007
* Walt Bogdanich, New York Times
* Lisa Cohen, television producer
* Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
* Michael Duffy, Time
∆ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
* Nancy Gibbs, Time
◊ Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
* Greil Marcus, cultural critic
* Martha Mendoza, Associated Press
* T.R. Reid '66, Washington Post
* Rose Tang, Hong Kong Standard

2007-2008
∆ Peter Applebome, New York Times
◊ A. Scott Berg '71, biographer
* Robert Christgau, Rolling Stone
* Craig Duff, New York Times
* James Grimaldi, Washington Post
* Daoud Kuttab, Institute for Media Studies, Palestine
* Charles Lane, Washington Post

2008-2009
* Thanassis Cambanis, foreign correspondent
* Barton Gellman '82, Washington Post
* Jim Kelly, Time, Inc.
* Kathy Kiely '77, USA Today
* Peter Maass, New York Times
∆ Claudia Roth Pierpont, New Yorker
* Elisabeth Rosenthal, Herald Tribune, New York Times
◊ Alex Ross, New Yorker

2009-2010
* Martin Gottlieb, New York Times, International Herald Tribune
* Dan Grech '99, National Public Radio
* Bill Hamilton, Politico
* Athelia Knight, former Washington Post
* Jane Mayer, New Yorker
* Bob Mondello, National Public Radio, Washington City Paper
∆ Paul Salopek, Chicago Tribune
* Tom Weber '89, Smart Money
* Jim Willse, Newark Star Ledger

2010-2011
∆ Lisa Belkin, New York Times
* Richard Bernstein, International Herald Tribune
◊ Anne Hull, Washington Post
* Joe Richman, Radio Diaries
* Elaine Sciolino, New York Times
* James Steele, Vanity Fair
* Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated

2011-2012
Deborah Amos, NPR
◊ James Gorman, New York Times
Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek
Leonard Pitts, Jr., Miami Herald syndicated columnist
Alessandra Stanley, New York Times
Joe Stephens, Washington Post

2012-2013
* Owen Bennett Jones, BBC
◊∆ Alma Guillermoprieto, author
◊ P. Sainath, The Hindu
* Jo Becker, New York Times
* Diana Henriques, New York Times
* Guy Raz, NPR
* Griff Witte, Washington Post

2013-2014
◊ Frank Bruni, New York Times
* Steve Drummond, NPR
* Carol Giacomo, New York Times
* David Kocieniewski, New York Times
* Mike McGraw, Kansas City Star
* Amy Ellis Nutt, Newark Star Ledger
* Keith Richburg, Washington Post

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