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Sheila Coronel named Academic Dean at Columbia Journalism School

January 21, 2014

Sheila Coronel

New York, NY, January 21, 2014 —Dean Steve Coll announced today that Sheila Coronel will become Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia Journalism School, succeeding Bill Grueskin, who has served in the position since 2008. Coronel will assume the role on July 1, 2014.

“Sheila is a superb journalist, teacher and leader,” said Dean Steve Coll. “Her deep commitment to investigative reporting, data science and global journalism make her ideally positioned to advance the school’s most important priorities. She has earned the great respect of her faculty colleagues and has done much to improve the school since she arrived here. She has also established herself as a media leader through her service to groups working to advance investigative journalism worldwide and to protect reporters under pressure. I look forward to learning from her and supporting her new leadership role at Columbia.”

Coll continued, “Sheila will inherit an office that has been superbly led for six years by Bill Grueskin, who has creatively and inclusively led the faculty through important innovation in the school’s curriculum. Bill is a deeply intelligent journalist and industry expert. He has been an attentive manager while managing to maintain a wry sense of humor. We will miss his leadership in academic affairs, but trust he will continue to help us think ahead as a member of the faculty.”

Coronel, who joined the school in 2006 as the Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism and the Director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, is known globally for her investigative work. She was co-founder and for many years, the director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, a pioneering nonprofit. As a journalist in her native Philippines, she reported on the turbulent democratic transition that followed the fall of Ferdinand Marcos, writing for both Philippine newspapers as well as The New York Times and the Guardian.

“I am honored and delighted to have this opportunity to serve as academic dean of a great institution,” said Coronel. “We are at a period of uncertainty, as well as tremendous possibility, for both journalism and journalism education. It’s an exciting time to be at a top-tier journalism school.”

Coronel is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including “Coups, Cults & Cannibals,” a collection of reportage; “The Rulemakers: How the wealthy and well-born dominate Congress”; and “Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.”  She has received numerous awards and widespread recognition of her work, including, the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2003, one of Asia’s premier prizes. In 2011, she received the Presidential Teaching Award, which honors Columbia University’s best teachers. She is a member of Columbia Journalism Review’s Board of Overseers.

She received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of the Philippines in 1979, and a master’s degree in political sociology from the London School of Economics in 1991. Coronel will continue to teach and serve as Director of the Stabile Center.

Grueskin, who had a distinguished 13-year tenure at the Wall Street Journal before arriving at Columbia, oversaw the most dramatic transformation of the journalism school’s curriculum in decades. The changes, unanimously approved by the faculty in 2012, went into effect this academic year. M.S. students no longer select majors in traditional industry categories such as newspaper or broadcast. Instead, they have much more flexibility in their schedules and can choose from traditional classes in reporting and writing, as well as a host of new courses in data visualization, algorithms, long-form digital journalism and interactive news design. These changes recognize that the nature of the work journalists do requires a much deeper relationship between journalists and audiences. Grueskin also oversaw the creation of new classes in the business of journalism, as well as the school’s dual masters degree program in Computer Science and Journalism, which accepted its first students in 2011.

In May 2011, Grueskin, along with Ava Seave and Lucas Graves, co-authored “The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism,” a report that examined online traffic and engagement patterns, emerging news platforms, paywalls, aggregation and new sources of revenue. Grueskin will remain at the school as a member of the full-time faculty, teaching classes in reporting, editing and newsroom management.

About the Graduate School of Journalism

For a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists in a program that stresses academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry, and professional practice. Founded by Joseph Pulitzer in 1912, the school offers Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. For more information, visit www.journalism.columbia.edu. 

Media Contacts:        

Elizabeth Fishman
efishman@columbia.edu or (212) 854-8619

Sabina Lee
sabina.lee@columbia.edu or (212) 854-5579

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