Columbia Journalism School

Bill Grueskin

Expertise: TRENDS IN JOURNALISM, DIGITAL MEDIA

Bill Grueskin

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Dean of Academic Affairs & Professor of Professional Practice
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wg2183@columbia.edu

Bill 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, responsible for such coverage areas as the changing stock market, welfare reform, race and business, and the internet economy.

In June 2001, he was named 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 Online Journal, the number of subscribers doubled to more than one million. The site also introduced numerous features, including blogs, interactive graphics, podcasts 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.

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 examines online traffic and engagement patterns, emerging news platforms, paywalls, aggregation and new sources of revenue.

Mr. 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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