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Our Faculty

Learn from experienced professionals, academic scholars and thought leaders.

Medill journalism faculty members are 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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Dean Charles Whitaker smiles in a Medill hallway.

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 smiles with a window in the background.

Beth Bennett
Professor and Associate Dean of Journalism

Beth 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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Doug Foster
Associate Professor

Foster is a former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, television correspondent and documentary producer who now teaches feature writing to graduates and undergraduates while also overseeing the Journalism Residency Program in South Africa. Before joining Medill, he was editor of a national magazine for five years.

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Patty Loew
Professor

In addition to her service on the Medill faculty, Loew is director of Northwestern University's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. She is a documentary producer, and former broadcast journalist in public and commercial television. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, she is the author of four books, three about Native People of Wisconsin and one that is a collection of biographies of Native American environmental leaders.

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Arionne Nettles
Lecturer

Nettles focuses on digital storytelling and also leads Medill’s graduate student publishing platform, Medill Reports. 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.

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