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The Future of Journalism

May 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm


Joe Stephens, Director, Program in Journalism; Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence



Charles Gibson ’65, Retired American Broadcast Television Anchor and Journalist

Eliza Griswold ’95, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist

Nneka Nwosu-Faison ’05, Managing Editor, WCVB-TV





Joe Stephens
Director, Program in Journalism; Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence

Joe Stephens is the founding director of the Program in Journalism and a Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence. A veteran investigative reporter, he is a three-time winner of the George Polk Award and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Stephens is a former staff writer for The Washington Post, where he joined the investigative projects team in 1999. He has written extensively on presidential politics, political corruption, the war against terrorism, Afghan reconstruction, the federal judiciary and drug experiments conducted on children in the developing world. He has reported and lectured in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and across the U.S. His stories have led to Congressional hearings, national legislative reforms, criminal convictions and millions of dollars in fines. Stephens has won more than a dozen national honors, including top awards from the Overseas Press Club, the Gerald Loeb Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Scripps Howard Foundation, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. He has been a finalist on multiple occasions for Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize, the Gerald Loeb award for financial reporting and the Investigative Reporters and Editors award. Since 2014, Stephens has led the University’s Walter Lord Society, a public affairs discussion group. In 2016, he was named Faculty in Residence at Mathey College.



Charles Gibson ’65
Retired American Broadcast Television Anchor and Journalist 

Charlie Gibson was part of the ABC News organization for 33 years—six as general assignment correspondent, 19 as host of “Good Morning America” (first with Joan Lunden, later with Diane Sawyer) and four as anchor of ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson”—before retiring in December 2009.  He served two years on the Princeton University Board of Trustees (2006-2010, 2011-2015) and was awarded Princeton’s highest honor to an undergraduate alumnus, the Woodrow Wilson Award, in 2018. He has been married for 52 years to Arlene Joy Gibson who was head of two all girls’ schools (Kent Place and Spence) and was chair of the Bryn Mawr College Board until 2016. He has two daughters and five grandchildren.

Eliza Griswold ’95
Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist

Eliza Griswold was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, in 2019, for her book “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America.” A contributing writer at the New Yorker, Griswold has held fellowships at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, the Guggenheim Foundation and the New America Foundation, among others, and has been awarded various prizes, including the J. Anthony Lukas Prize, a PEN Translation Prize and the Rome Prize for her poetry. Her second book of poems, “If Men, Then,” was published in 2020. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

Nneka Nwosu-Faison ’05
Managing Editor, WCVB-TV

Nneka Nwosu Faison ’05 is the Executive Producer of Chronicle on WCVB-TV Channel 5, the ABC station in Boston. Chronicle is the longest running local news magazine show in the country. Under Nneka’s leadership, Chronicle’s viewership has increased 60% year to year in the key 25-54 demographic. Additionally, Nneka and her team have spent the last year evolving the format of the 38-year-old show and experimenting with new methods of content creation. Nneka was instrumental in the creation of WCVB’s podcast studio and the station’s first podcast, “Chronicle the Podcast.”  Nneka began her career at WCVB as a producer and reporter. She spent the first decade of her career working as a reporter and anchor in Syracuse, Providence, RI, New Haven, CT, and Boston. Nneka is a graduate of Princeton and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She was also a fellow at Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.




May 22, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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