Dr. Laura Lindenfeld is director of the Alda Center and professor in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis. As a communication researcher, her work draws inspiration from the idea that we can make better, more informed decisions about how we shape our collective future.
Charles Haddad is the author of several books and award-winning writing and editing work for such major publications as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Business Week magazine. He currently teaches journalism and narrative nonfiction writing and runs a study abroad program in China.
Founding Dean & Executive Director, Center for News Literacy
Howard Schneider is the founding dean of the School of Journalism, spearheading the team that developed the proposal for SUNY’s first School of Journalism. He was a reporter and editor at Newsday for more than 35 years. For nearly 18 of those years, he was managing editor and then editor.
Pablo Calvi, the first non-native, English speaker to receive a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship in the history of the Pulitzer Prizes, is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism, where he teaches courses in multimedia journalism and Latin American literary journalism. He is the Associate Director for Latin America for the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting.
James M. Klurfeld spent 40 years working at Newsday, where he was ultimately vice president and editor of the editorial pages. He was a member of the Newsday investigative team that won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and also wrote a weekly column for Newsday that focused on foreign affairs and national security issues.
Karen Masterson is a veteran journalist with specialties in political reporting and science writing. She worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Houston Chronicle, before leaving the newsroom to write books. She has studied public health and microbiology with fellowships from Johns Hopkins University and the CDC, and is currently working on her second book, set in West Africa.
Assistant Professor of Communicating Science
Dr. Christine O’Connell is experienced in messaging, government relations, coalition building, lobbying, campaign planning, social marketing, coaching, and facilitation. She has organized collaborations across academia, government, and the community – including an initiative between the humanities and sciences at Stony Brook called The Coastlines Initiative.
Steven Reiner worked for more than a decade as a producer for the CBS News magazine program “60 Minutes” and is the recipient of several national Emmy Awards. Prior to joining CBS News, he worked at both NBC and ABC News, served as an editor for The Atlantic magazine, and as the senior editor and executive producer of National Public Radio’s evening news program “All Things Considered.”
Assistant Professor of Practice
Rick Ricioppo is an experienced professional video photographer and editor and worked as the production director of TV 10 at Illinois State University from 2002 to 2007. Additionally, he oversaw video production of sporting events both at the university and at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill.
Jonathan Sanders, an Emmy, Edward R. Murrow award winning veteran international reporter and Fulbright scholar, was for many years the CBS News Moscow Correspondent. He has worked for The Discovery Channel, PBS, and Link TV. For four decades, Sanders’ work has focused on/ freedom of expression/ and the consequences of repression.
Barbara Selvin worked at Newsday and New York Newsday, and her freelance work has also been published in The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review and business and health-care magazines. She was the School of Journalisms’s first full-time professor and inaugurated the school’s Journalism 24/7 course, which examines the impact of the digital revolution on journalism and journalists.
Pulitzer Prize winner Irene Virag was Home and Garden Editor of Newsday and continues to make her way in the freelance world. Her work has appeared in Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, More and Better Homes & Gardens. She studied at the University of London and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and is the author of two books.
Jonathan joined the Center for News Literacy in 2007 as one of the center’s first Graduate Teaching Fellows. After completing his PhD with the Stony Brook History Department in 2012, Jonathan stayed at the School of Journalism as a News Literacy lecturer and recitation leader. He also serves as Assistant Director for the Center.
Connie Conway is a television/radio reporter with more than 30 years of experience, who worked at Long Island Public Radio as News Director, Reporter and host of the “Evening Report” and as a reporter at News 12. She has won 20 awards, from the Associated Press, Long Island Press Club and the International Communicator awards club, to name a few.
Zachary R. Dowdy is a criminal justice reporter at Newsday. Previously, he served as Newsday’s state, national and foreign correspondent, filing stories from out-of-state, abroad or the United Nations. He has also worked at The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe.
Jon Friedman writes about the me
dia industry for such publications as Time.com, Esquire.com, Newsmax and the New York Post. Before focusing on the media, he covered the Wall Street beat for Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, USA Today and Investors Business Daily.
George Giokas started his journalism career as a reporter in Westchester and then spent many years at Newsday as one of its top editors before launching his own business in 1995, StaffWriters Plus, Inc. He is also one of the founders of HealthDay, the country’s largest consumer health news service, which can be found on more than 6,000 web sites.
Timothy Hughes has worked since 2008 as a night editor at Newsday, where he helps guide daily breaking news coverage. Before that, he worked as a reporter, editor, feature writer and film critic at several publications in his native Southern California, like the Los Angeles Times.
Amanda Marzullo is a Digital Content Producer at Northwell Health. She is a two-time New York Emmy award nominee, and winner of a 2015 Emmy for her work as a videographer in the Human Interest Program Special category.
Marcy McGinnis was associate dean at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism from 2007 until 2014, having joined the journalism faculty as the director of the broadcast journalism program in 2006 after a career at CBS News that spanned over three decades.
Sandra Peddie is a reporter on Newsday’s investigative team, which was a finalist for the Public Service Pulitzer in 2014 for a series of stories on police misconduct.
Terry Sheridan is a veteran New York City radio journalist. He is currently Managing Editor of WSHU Public Radio, where as part of his duties he oversees the WSHU-Stony Brook internship program.
Jamie Stuart is the Emmy award-winning weekend sports anchor for News 12 Long Island. Jamie Stuart is what we call a sports “lifer.” Ever since he was 5 years old, his world has revolved around sports.