Ilana Ozernoy and Jonathan Sanders Join SOJ Faculty

Ilana Ozernoy and Jonathan Sanders have each traveled the world, reporting on issues as turbulent as the child soldiers along the Uganda-Sudan border and the piracy in Somalia. But their next challenge will be a little closer to home—At Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism.

They were both hired over the summer and will begin teaching this spring. Ozernoy, who has spent the last decade working in all three journalism mediums, will focus mainly on sharing her vast knowledge of online reporting. She also hopes to take part in the department’s Journalism Without Walls.

Jonathan SandersSanders has spent the last couple years teaching in the Communications and Media Department at Fordham University, but spent many decades as an international reporter, telecommunications innovator and long-time CBS News Moscow Correspondent.

Ozernoy has worked as a staff correspondent for U.S News & World Report, a staff writer for The Atlantic, and as a radio correspondent for Marketplace (Public Radio International). She covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

She said that she is most looking forward to the students in the journalism department Ilana Ozernoybecause she has heard great things about them. Plus she said with a smile, “I’m looking forward to setting up home on Long Island and having the kind of life where I don’t get shot at.”

The School of Journalism’s Associate Dean, Marcy McGinnis said that, “The school of journalism is thrilled to have two journalists with such varied and distinctive backgrounds join the faculty.”