Arlene Notoro Morgan is SMC’s special assistant to the dean for external affairs. She joined the staff as a visiting professor in January 2014 after serving for more than a dozen years on the SMC advisory board.
A 1967 graduate of the Journalism program, Morgan worked as a reporter and an editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 31 years. There she developed a reputation as an advocate for diversity issues in both hiring and content.
She retired from the paper in 2000 to join the staff of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism where she served as associate dean for prizes and programs until she retired in fall 2013. At Columbia, Morgan oversaw the administration of the school’s many prestigious prizes and professional development workshops. As an innovator in continuing education for news professionals, Morgan directed the annual “Let’s Do It Better!” Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity, a project that resulted in The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity, a compilation textbook, DVD, and website of award-winning stories from her program.
In 2007, Morgan started the Punch Sulzberger News Media Executive Leadership Program, a performance, challenge-based training program for news executives. The project was sponsored through a $4 million gift from the sisters of Punch Sulzberger, the late publisher of The New York Times, in recognition of his contributions to the news industry.
Before joining Columbia, Morgan served as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s assistant managing editor for readership, hiring and staff development. In 1995, she was honored with the first Knight-Ridder Excellence in Diversity Award for her work to diversify the Inquirer’s staff and for her leadership in fostering diversity throughout Knight-Ridder newspapers, the former owner of the Inquirer.
Morgan was a 1996-1997 fellow of the Freedom Forum’s Media Studies Center at Columbia University to work on diversity issues for the news industry.
She is a member of a number advisory boards, including LSU’s Manship School of Communications, the Stony Brook School of Journalism, the Health and Science Board of WHYY, the Kaiser Health News Agency and the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Reporting.
A consultant on news media diversity and ethics issues, Morgan has lectured and overseen projects at schools and news organizations nationwide and internationally in Barcelona, China and New Zealand.
A resident of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, she has been married to David J. Morgan for 43 years and is the mother of two adult children.