Columbia Journalism School

M.A. Faculty

M.A. faculty members are preeminent in their fields and bring a particular subject-area expertise to their journalistic knowledge.

Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, was director of digital content for Britain's Guardian News and Media from 2006 to 2010. Previous to that post, Bell was editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited from 2001 to 2006. Under Bell, the Guardian received numerous awards, including the Webby Award for a newspaper website in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and British Press Awards for Website of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Bell first joined the Observer newspaper, which became part of Guardian News and Media, in 1990, as a business reporter specializing in media business, marketing and technology.

David Hajdu is the music critic for The New Republic.  He is a  contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair.  He is the author of "Lush Life" and "Positively 4th Street," both of which were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "The Ten-Cent Plague," which Amazon named the Best Book of the Year on the arts.  A  collection of his cultural journalism, Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture, was published in 2009.

Marguerite Holloway is the director of Science and Environmental Journalism at Columbia University.  She has been teaching at the Journalism School since 1997 and was awarded Columbia’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009.  She is a contributing editor at Scientific American, where she has covered many topics, particularly environmental issues, public health, neuroscience, and women in science and physics.

Nicholas Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor and Dean Emeritus, has worked at The Washington Monthly, Texas Monthly, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, which he has written for since he became a staff writer in 1999.  Lemann has published five books, most recently "Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War"; "The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy," which helped lead to a major reform of the SAT; and "The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America," which won several book prizes.

Sylvia Nasar is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism.  Trained as an economist, Nasar was a New York Times economics correspondent from 1991 to 1999, and before that was a staff writer at Fortune and columnist at U.S. News & World Report.  She is the author of the bestselling biography, "A Beautiful Mind," which has been published in 30 languages and inspired the Academy Award-winning movie directed by Ron Howard.

Michael Schudson is an expert in the fields of journalism, sociology and public culture.  He is the author of "Discovering the News, The Good Citizen," and the recent "Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press," in addition to several other books about the history and sociology of the American news media, advertising, popular culture, Watergate and cultural memory.  He is widely published in the media and in academic journals, and has received many honors, including Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships.

Alisa Solomon came to Columbia from Baruch College-CUNY and the CUNY Graduate Canter, where she taught in the English, journalism and theater programs. She contributes to The Nation, The Forward, The New York Times, and other publications and to WNYC radio and the WBAI radio program "Beyond the Pale." She was on the staff at the Village Voice for 21 years, covering theater and cultural issues, and winning awards for her reporting on reproductive rights, electoral politics, women's sports and immigration policy. Her book, "Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender," won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.

James B. Stewart is the Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism.  He writes "Common Sense," a column in SmartMoney and on, which also appears in The Wall Street Journal.  Stewart contributes regularly to The New Yorker and was formerly Page One Editor of The Wall Street Journal. In 1988, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for his articles in the Journal about the 1987 upheaval in the stock market.  He is author of eight books, including the recent national best-seller, "DisneyWar," an account of Michael Eisner's tumultuous reign at Disney; "Den of Thieves" about Wall Street in the 1980s; "Blind Eye," an investigation of the medical profession; and "Blood Sport" on the Clinton White House.

Alexander Stille, the San Paolo Professor of International Journalism, is a contributor to The New York Times, La Repubblica, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and The New Republic.  He is the author of four books: "The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country with a Fabled History and a Storied Culture Was Taken Over by a Man Named Silvio Berlusconi"; "The Future of the Past";  "Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic"; and "Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism." He was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2008.

Jonathan Weiner spent 20 years as an independent writer.  His books include "The Beak of the Finch," winner of the 1995 the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction; "Time, Love, Memory," winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction; and "His Brother's Keeper."  Weiner has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and many other newspapers and magazines.  He served as Rockefeller University’s first Writer in Residence in 2000 and 2001, and was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2008.

Tali Woodward is the director of the Master of Arts program, and a freelance writer and editor. For many years, she worked for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, where she wrote investigative pieces about health care and politics and won awards for long-form writing. She has also written for magazines including Newsweek, New York, Sierra and National Geographic. Woodward earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.A. in science journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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