Past Fellows and Visiting Faculty
Spring 2006 Fellows
Kimberly Gross is an assistant professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Her research and teaching interests include public opinion, media effects, and media coverage of minority groups. She is co-author of a number of papers examining trust in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Communication, the American Journal of Political Science, the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Social Science Quarterly and Political Psychology. At the Shorenstein Center, her research will focus on the effects of local television news coverage of crime. Paper PDF
Charles Lewis is the president of the Fund for Independence in Journalism, in Washington, and co-author of five books, including the bestseller, The Buying of the President, 2004. He founded (and served 15 years as executive director) the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative reporting organization. From 1977 to 1988 he did investigative reporting at ABC News and at the CBS News program 60 Minutes. In 1998 Lewis was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, and, in 2004, he received the PEN USA First Amendment award. His research will focus on power, the news media, and the people’s right to know. Paper PDF
Daniel Okrent completed his term as the first public editor of the New York Times in May 2005. He was for many years an editorial executive at Time Inc., serving variously as managing editor of Life, corporate editor of new media, and corporate editor-at-large. Okrent was founding editor of New England Monthly, where he twice consecutively won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He is also the author of several books, most recently Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center, a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in history. His research at the Shorenstein Center will be divided between his book Public Editor #1, an inquiry into the role of ombudsmen, and a study of newspaper influence on public opinion in the 1920s.
Robert Picard is Hamrin Professor of Media Economics and director of the Media Management and Transformation Center, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden. His research interests are economic operations of media markets, strategies of media firms, and government policies affecting economic aspects of media. Picard is the author of 20 books, including The Economics and Financing of Media Companies; Joint Operating Agreements: The Newspaper Preservation Act and Its Application; and Media Economics: Concepts and Issues. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. He has been a consultant to government agencies, international organizations, and media firms worldwide. His research at the Shorenstein Center will focus on value creation in news organizations. Paper PDF
Cristine Russell is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written about science and medicine for more than three decades. She was formerly a national science reporter for the Washington Post and, earlier, the Washington Star. She is vice-president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, a past president of the National Association of Science Writers, and a contributor to A Field Guide for Science Writers. Russell serves on the USC Annenberg School for Communication board and on the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She is an honorary member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, and has a biology degree from Mills College. Her research will focus on the future of science writing and how the news media covers controversial scientific issues for the general public. Paper PDF
Spring 2006 Visiting Faculty
John S. Carroll is the Knight Visiting Lecturer at the Shorenstein Center. He has been the editor of three newspapers: the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the Lexington Herald-Leader. In 1963 he became a reporter at the Providence Journal-Bulletin. Early in his career at the Baltimore Sun, Carroll was posted to Vietnam, the Middle East and Washington. In the 1970s he was metropolitan editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. From 1971 to 1972 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and, in 1988, held a similar fellowship at Oxford. He has received several individual awards, including Editor of the Year, from the National Press Foundation (1999), and has directed coverage that won Pulitzer Prizes at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lexington Herald-Leader, Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times. Carroll is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He graduated from Haverford College and served in the Army.