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Our Faculty

Learn from experienced professionals, academic scholars and thought leaders.

Medill journalism faculty members reflect a mix of both industry professionals and academic scholars. They have led major media outlets and won some of the top prizes in journalism for their ground-breaking work. They are engaged in research about audience engagement, media history and diversity in media. And they maintain professional connections, writing and producing journalism for top media.

At Medill, not only do you learn from these experienced thought leaders in the classroom, but they also become your mentors and supporters. In addition, you join their networks of journalism professionals who work all over the world.

Meet some journalism faculty members

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Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker
Associate Dean, Journalism, and Helen Gurley Brown Professor

An expert in magazine journalism, Whitaker has won numerous awards for his teaching. He was a senior editor at Ebony magazine, where he covered two U.S. presidential campaigns. He has also worked at the Miami Herald and the Louisville (Ky.) Times.

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Beth Bennett

Beth Bennett
Assistant Dean, Journalism, and Assistant Professor

Bennett is an award-winning producer and reporter with more than 15 years of experience in broadcast television news and video production. Her experience spans many areas of television news, including on-air reporting, studio/booth producing and field producing.

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J.A. Adande

J.A. Adande
Director of Sports Journalism and Associate Professor

Adande was a columnist for ESPN.com for nine years, covering the NBA as well as working as a sideline reporter for NBA games and serving as a panelist for ESPN’s “Around the Horn.” Prior to ESPN, Adande wrote for the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Alec Klein

Alec Klein
Professor and Director of The Medill Justice Project

Formerly a reporter at The Washington Post, Klein is a nationally known expert on investigative reporting. He is author of two nonfiction books and previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun and the Virginian-Pilot.

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Ceci Rodgers

Ceci Rodgers
Lecturer

Rodgers has worked as a financial journalist for more than two decades, primarily reporting national and international business stories for CNN’s Moneyline from Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo. She previously was the Chicago bureau chief for Knight Ridder Financial News.

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Craig Duff

Craig Duff
Professor

Before joining Medill in 2012, Duff was the director of multimedia and chief video journalist for Time, where he oversaw video and other multimedia projects for the magazine’s digital platforms and Time.com. Previously, Duff worked for The New York Times and CNN.

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