Columbia Journalism School


Giannina Segnini and Lonnie Isabel Are Columbia Journalism School's New Visiting Faculty Members

April 09, 2014

New York, NY — Columbia Journalism School today announced the addition of two visiting professors for the 2014-2015 academic year. Giannina Segnini, an internationally known investigative reporter, and Lonnie Isabel, an accomplished writer and editor with extensive experience in politics, international news and features, will join the faculty this fall. 

“We’re thrilled to add professors of this caliber to our outstanding faculty,” said Bill Grueskin, dean of academic affairs. “They bring unique experience and perspective, and we know they’ll contribute significantly to our program and our students.” 

Segnini, who has led major investigative series about corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean, will be James Madison Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism. She has taught investigative journalism at the Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, and was until recently the editor of the investigative unit at La Nacion, Costa Rica’s most influential newspaper.   Segnini has earned many honors, including a 2005 Special Citation from the Maria Moors Cabot Awards, bestowed by Columbia University, for her “outstanding work in investigative journalism and impact across the Americas. “ She studied Mass Communications at the University of Costa Rica, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from 2001-02.

Isabel will be the Newsday/David Laventhol Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism. He is director of the International Reporting Program and a Distinguished Lecturer at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He worked for 16 years at Newsday, holding the positions of deputy managing editor and assistant managing editor where he supervised national, foreign, state, Washington, health and science staffs. While there, he shifted the deployments of foreign correspondents and reorganized the Washington Bureau. He graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude in African Studies.

About the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism 

For over a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists with instruction and training that stresses academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry, and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the School opened its doors in 1912 and offers master of science, master of arts, and doctor of philosophy degrees. Learn more at

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