Columbia Journalism School

Bill Grueskin


Bill Grueskin

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Professor of Professional Practice

Bill Grueskin's career includes senior editing roles in print and online publications, as well as six years as academic dean at Columbia Journalism School and a new position as an executive editor at Bloomberg LP.

Grueskin began his journalism career in 1975 as a reporter and editor at the Daily American in Rome, Italy. From 1977 to 1979, he served as a VISTA volunteer and the founding editor of the weekly Dakota Sun on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

After completing graduate school, he worked as a reporter and editor at the Baltimore News American and The Tampa Tribune. In 1985, he moved to The Miami Herald and eventually became city editor, where he oversaw the paper’s local coverage of Hurricane Andrew. The paper’s overall coverage of the storm won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for public service.

Grueskin joined The Wall Street Journal in 1995 as an editor on Page One. He was named deputy Page One editor in 1998, and in June 2001, he became managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online, the largest subscription news site on the Web. He oversaw the staff in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, across the street from The Journal’s offices. During his tenure at, the number of subscribers doubled to more than one million, and the site introduced blogs, interactive graphics and a robust video platform.

In 2007, he was named deputy managing editor/news for the Journal, overseeing 14 domestic news bureaus, and combining the print and online news-editing desks in New York and New Jersey.

Grueskin came to Columbia in August 2008 as academic dean.

At the Journalism School, he oversaw a dramatic transformation of the program's curriculum. The overhaul has given students much more flexibility to focus on skills ranging from video and interactive news design to data visualization and long-form digital journalism. In addition, he co-authored "The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism."

In June 2014, Grueskin was named an executive editor at Bloomberg. In that role, he will help oversee the company's efforts to train the global news staff to reach a broader audience across new digital platforms.

Grueskin has a bachelor’s degree in classics from Stanford University and a master’s degree in international economics and U.S. foreign policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He has served on various community boards, and also has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror in the public-service and features categories.

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