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Jon Marshall

Jon Marshall

Associate Professor

Jon Marshall is an associate professor at Medill and teaches media history and reporting courses with a focus on social justice issues.

Marshall is the author of "Watergate’s Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse" (Northwestern University Press, 2011). He has written for The New York Times,,, Christian Science Monitor, CBS News’ Public Eye, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Family Circle, Huffington Post, Parenting, Parents, Quill, Home & Away, Illinois Issues, Reform Judaism and many other publications. Previously, he reported for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago and The Tampa Tribune, covering government, business, transportation and public safety. His former “News Gems” blog for the Society of Professional Journalists was named one of the top 10 Web Sites by the Center for Public Integrity and one of the best blogs by David Kaplan of U.S. News & World Report.

Marshall's research interests include the history of investigative reporting, the relationship between presidents and the media, the African American press and baseball. He has been interviewed as an expert source by CNN,, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, La Nacion (Buenos Aires), WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” CLTV’s “Politics Tonight” and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Marshall is a fellow at the Communications Residential College and formerly served as director of Medill’s graduate journalism program. He also served on the Board of Directors of the American Journalism Historians Association and is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, the Chicago Headline Club, and the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communications.

He and his wife, Laurie, live in Wilmette with their three sons. When he is not teaching, he can often be found at Wrigley Field.

Authored Works

  • Marshall's first book, "Watergate's Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse," was published in 2011 by the Northwestern University Press as part of Medill’s “Visions of the American Press” series. The Journal of American History described it as “the best history of American investigative journalism to date.” Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of the Washington Post, called it “a very readable, deeply researched and wisely analyzed assessment of American investigative reporting before and after Watergate.”
  • Marshall wrote the foreword to Barry Sussman’s The Great Coverup: Nixon and the Scandal of Watergate (Catapulter Books, 2011, 4th edition).
  • His work also includes the following articles and research papers:
    • “Divided Loyalties: The Chicago Defender and Harold Washington’s Campaign for Mayor of Chicago,” American Journalism, 36, No. 4 (Fall 2019). Co-authored with Matthew Connor.
    • “Like Watergate All Over Again? In Some Ways, Yes, but There Are Stark Differences,” Chicago Tribune, September 25, 2019. Republished by History News Network, September 26, 2019.
    • “The Myth of Watergate Bipartisanship,” The New York Times, August 13, 2018. Co-authored with Michael Conway.
    • “How a Reporting Mistake Nearly Derailed the Watergate Investigation – and How Journalists Recovered,” WashingtonPost.Com “Made By History,” December 20, 2017.
    • “7 Differences Between Trump Turmoil and Watergate,” Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2017.
    • “Nixon Is Gone, but His Media Strategy Lives On,”, August 5, 2014.
    • “Four Decades After Their First Big Watergate Story, Woodward and Bernstein Still Matter,” Huffington Post, August 2012.
    • “Outside Voices: Jon Marshall Suggests More Enterprising Stories … from Locations Outside the U.S.” CBS News Public Eye, Aug. 25, 2006.
    • “Citizen Journalism Continues to Surge,” Quill, October/November 2005.
    • “Once They Were Heroes: Changing Coverage of Baseball Stars in the Steroids Era,” co-authored with Nirmal Mulaikal, American Journalism Historians Association annual conference, Salt Lake City, October 2018.
    • “Divided Loyalties: The Chicago Defender and Harold Washington’s Campaign for Mayor of Chicago,” co-authored with Matthew Connor, presented to the American Journalism Historians Association annual conference, St. Paul, October 2014. Winner of honorable mention for Outstanding Faculty Paper and Outstanding Paper on a Minorities Topic. 
    • “The First Lady of the Black Press vs. Joseph McCarthy: Ethel Payne’s Coverage of the Annie Lee Moss Hearings,” presented to the American Journalism Historians Association annual conference, Kansas City, October 2011.
    • “The Transformation of Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age,” presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Denver, August 2010.


Marshall received an MSJ degree from Medill and a B.A. from Vassar College.