Columbia Journalism School


Frank Moretti, executive director of The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching & Learning and friend to the J-School Ph.D. program, dies after a long illness

July 23, 2013

The Journalism School remembers Frank Moretti, executive director of CCNMTL and a mentor to students in the Communications Ph.D. program, who died after a long illness.  

Dr. Moretti was Professor of Communications at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he began teaching in 1981. From 1988-1992 he was Co-Director of the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College. In 1999, he co-founded the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.

"So much more will be said about someone who crossed disciplinary and institutional lines so beautifully, in the university and everywhere else, but Frank has had a tremendous influence on all of us who took his classes and worked with him, and this feels like a very personal loss for our program," said Lucas Graves, a '12 graduate of the Ph.D. program.

Annie Rudd, a current candidate in the Ph.D. program and a collaborator of Moretti's on an anthology about James Carey who founded the program, reiterated Graves's sentiments.  

"All I can do is echo everyone else's expressions of sadness at this loss,"  said Rudd.  "Frank was one of the most indefatigable, generous, open-minded scholars I've ever known, and it is very difficult to say goodbye."

Below, find a video of a conversation between Moretti and Carey.

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