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Paul Schreiber, the School of Journalism’s Undergraduate Director, is a journalist and teacher who brings newsroom reality into the classroom. As a reporter and columnist during his 33 years at Newsday, Schreiber wrote about thousands of interesting people, from astronauts going to the moon, to rioters in Chicago, to the joys and terrors of being in business. As an editor at Newsday, he oversaw the work of staff and freelance journalists spread all over the world. As a long-time instructor at Stony Brook University, he continues to help student journalists learn how to report and write clearly and effectively.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Schreiber was hired as a reporter by the Miami Herald and became chief of its Kennedy Space Center bureau. As a metro reporter in Miami, his assignments included covering the mob and political corruption. He was one of five journalists the local prosecutor attempted to indict for investigating allegations of the prosecutor’s wrongdoing.
Schreiber joined Newsday in 1968 as a general assignment reporter. As Newsday grew into one of the country’s biggest and best newspapers, he become a national desk reporter, copy editor, assistant national editor, night national editor, day national editor, chief of the copy desk, editorial writer, news editor and business columnist. In his last role at Newsday, Schreiber wrote more than 500 columns giving readers an inside look at “Doing Business,” “Doing the Deal,” “E-Biz” and “Tech Island.”
Between 1987 and 2000, Schreiber taught Feature Writing and Magazine Writing at Stony Brook and was director of the journalism minor. In 2002, the same year he took a buyout from Newsday, the Press Club of Long Island, the local chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists, named him “Outstanding Long Island Journalist.”
He returned to Stony Brook in 2004 as Undergraduate Director. He is a co-founder of the School of Journalism and co-creator of the school’s News Literacy program. Schreiber is a senior administrator in the School of Journalism, teaches Journalistic Judgment and Ethics and is the principal adviser for journalism majors and minors. Schreiber was a member of the Stony Brook University’s General Education Committee and is a member of the university’s Task Force on Assessment. In 2014, he was inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame by the Press Club of Long Island.