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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 a few of our journalism faculty members

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Charles Whitaker

Dean and 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 worked at the Miami Herald and the Louisville (Ky.) Times.

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Beth Bennett

Professor and Associate Dean of Journalism

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

Director of Sports Journalism and Associate Professor

Adande was a columnist for 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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Ceci Rodgers

Assistant Professor and Director of Global Journalism Learning

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


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 Previously, Duff worked for The New York Times and CNN.

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Arionne Nettles

Lecturer and Director of Audio Journalism Programming

Nettles (MSJ16) focuses on digital storytelling. Most recently, she worked as a digital producer at Chicago’s NPR station, WBEZ, where she ran the daily digital desk. Her work often explores the cultural ties of art to issues such as mass incarceration and educational inequity.