While completing my undergraduate degree at Temple University, I never imagined that one day I would teach at this university. As a Temple undergraduate my desired career path was television news, working either as a field director or a foreign correspondent. However, my career has taken me through newspapers (daily, alternative and ethnic) in a variety of posts from police beat reporting to executive editor. That career has included a Fellowship at the Yale Law School, where I received a Masters degree and a serving as Special Assistant to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. While I never worked as a television news director, I have worked as a foreign correspondent, reporting from eight countries on three continents.
The education I received at Temple equipped me with skills I needed to succeed in life. At Temple I acquired excellent instruction in journalism techniques plus intangibles like building self-confidence and resourcefulness. Perhaps the most valuable lesson I learned at Temple was the value of ‘hard work’ – a lesson that has paid dividends inside and outside of the work place.
I teach courses in news writing, investigative reporting, journalism law and multi-media reporting. I was a co-creator of this department’s innovative Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab (MURL). For eight years I directed/co-directed PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, the department’s capstone class. Student work in that urban reporting focused class earned nearly three-dozen regional and national journalism awards during my time with that program and Best Practices recognition from AEJMC.
In addition to teaching and service, I continue to work as a professional journalist for news entities (print and online) across America and in Europe. I have received award recognition for that journalism and frequently serve as an expert commentator on news programs including appearances on CNN and the BBC World Service. I have directed study abroad programs for Temple’s School of Communications in London and South Africa.
Recognizing how Temple University contributed to my career advancements, I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to serve my alma mater as a professor.