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J.A. Adande

J.A. Adande

Associate Professor and Director of Sports Journalism
Phone: 847-467-4168 | Email: ja.adande@northwestern.edu

J.A. Adande has 25 years of sports media experience, having worked at ESPN, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. He has provided written and on-camera coverage of almost every major sporting event and has insight into the rapidly changing sports media landscape.

Christopher Benson

Christopher Benson

Associate Professor
Phone: 847-491-2085 | Email: christopher.benson@northwestern.edu

Chris Benson's work is situated at the intersection of critical race theory, narrative theory, and media studies. His work focuses on social issues we are confronting in areas of stereotypes, hate speech, symbolic representation (e.g. nooses, swastikas, burning crosses, memorials) and media responsibility in clarifying meaning.

Gerry Chiaro

Gerry Chiaro

Lecturer and Director of IMC Immersion Quarter
Phone: 312-543-4829 | Email: g-chiaro@northwestern.edu

Gerry Chiaro is an innovative marketing leader and educator with a focus on teamwork and leadership. Before joining the faculty at Medill, his career focused on learning and mastering brand management marketing, leading marketing teams at marketing technology firms and consulting in his own practice.

Michael Deas

Michael A. Deas

Lecturer and Director of Medill Media Teens
Phone: 847-491-5904 | Email: m-deas@northwestern.edu

Michael Deas focuses on editing as well multimedia reporting. He is a former editor on the national-foreign and news-editing staffs at Chicago Tribune. He was among contributors, including former President Jimmy Carter, who wrote tributes for "Grace Under Fire: Barbara Jordan's Rhetoric of Watergate, Patriotism, and Equality."

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Associate Professor
Phone: 847-491-2185 | Email: mhopgood@northwestern.edu

Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of Lucky Girl and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm (Algonquin), has won awards for investigative journalism, travel reporting and writing. She is an expert in reporting and multilingual and international storytelling and narrative. She also works on improving diversity and equity in higher education, newsrooms, and coverage.

Donna Leff

Donna Leff

Professor Emeritus
Email: d-leff@northwestern.edu

Donna Leff studies media coverage of science. She is interested in the false balance created by journalistic norms of objectivity in reporting; such settled science as climate change, evolution and childhood vaccines. She looks at the cultural divide between scientists who accept the limits of research findings and journalists who value certainty.

Larry Stuelpnagel

Larry Stuelpnagel

Assistant Professor
Phone: 847-491-3468 | Email: lls768@northwestern.edu

Larry Stuelpnagel is a former political journalist. He is experienced with the economic and social pressures that impact the news that the public receives. He focuses on the lack of diversity in news staffing and how that impacts reporting on racial and economic issues.

Steven Thrasher

Steven Thrasher

Assistant Professor and Daniel H. Renberg Chair
Phone: 847-467-4476 | Email: steven.thrasher@northwestern.edu

Steven W. Thrasher's research uses journalistic and social science methods to study the intersection of LGBTQ history, racism, policing, incarceration, health disparities and HIV/AIDS. His most recent research focuses on the criminalization of HIV/AIDS and the Black Lives Matter movement in Missouri.

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