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Reynolds Center picks 30 fellows for intensive training in business journalism

Gary Trennepohl

Gary Trennepohl, president of Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, leads a session during the 2010 Strictly Financials Seminar in Phoenix. Photo by Molly Smith.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has selected 30 fellows – 15 journalists and 15 professors -for four days of intensive study in business journalism.

They will attend separate, all-expenses-paid seminars Jan. 4-7 at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix.  Journalists in the Strictly Financials Seminar learn how to dissect financial statements and SEC documents. Prospective business journalism professors receive training in how to teach a university-level course in business journalism.

“The number and quality of professional journalists and professors applying for our business journalism seminars continued to grow in this fifth year of the seminars,” said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center and the Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School. “At a time of pressing financial issues, this reflects a commendable commitment by both news organizations and academic institutions to the importance of business and economic coverage.”

The seminars, taught by highly regarded business journalists and business journalism professors, are part of Reynolds Business Journalism Week at the Cronkite School. A highlight of the week is a discussion with the legendary investigative-reporting duo of Don Barlett and Jim Steele, along with the 2010 winners of the Reynolds Center’s Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism.

The fellows are:

Strictly Financials Seminar Fellows

  • Margaret Chadbourn, multimedia journalist, Thomson Reuters
  • Matthew Daneman, business reporter, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle
  • John Duchneskie, graphics editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Nina Gregory, associate editor, NPR’s “Morning Edition”
  • Melissa Harris, business columnist, Chicago Tribune
  • Andrew Joyce, copy editor, Dow Jones Newswires
  • Kim Peterson, financial blogger, MSN Money
  • Nathaniel Popper, New York correspondent, Los Angeles Times
  • Vonnie Quinn, reporter, Bloomberg News
  • Amena H. Saiyid, associate editor, Platts Inc.
  • Doug Swanson, projects editor, Dallas Morning News
  • Jamila Trindle, reporter/producer, PBS “Nightly Business Report”
  • Jaclyn Trop, business reporter, The Detroit News
  • Alicia Wallace, business reporter, Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera
  • Elizabeth Woyke, staff writer, Forbes

Business Journalism Professors Seminar Fellows

  • Dr. Kimetris N. Baltrip, assistant professor, Kansas State University
  • Len Boselovic, adjunct faculty, Duquesne University
  • Dr. Bridgette Colaco, assistant professor, Troy University
  • Dr. Marc Edge, associate professor, Sam Houston State University
  • Dr. Yue Feng, assistant professor, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing
  • R. Thomas Herman, adjunct faculty, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
  • Dr. Pamela T. Jackson, assistant professor, Colorado State University
  • Dr. Kyun Soo Kim, assistant professor, Grambling State University
  • James LeTourneau, assistant professor, Western Kentucky University
  • Ray Murray, assistant professor, Oklahoma State University
  • Lekan Oguntoyinbo, associate professor, South Dakota State University
  • Judith Schoolman, adjunct faculty, New York University and CUNY
  • Fara Warner, visiting professor, Michigan State University
  • Joseph Weber, associate professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Yanfang Wu, lecturer, Central University of Finance & Economics, Beijing


The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, at Arizona State’s Cronkite School, was launched in 2003. More than 10,000 journalists have benefited from its free training. A calendar of upcoming free workshops and Webinars, as well as daily tips on how to cover business better, are at BusinessJournalism.org.

The Center is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.


Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, named for the longtime CBS news anchor, serves more than 1,100 undergraduate and master’s journalism students. Among its programs, it offers the Business Journalism Specialization at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Questions? Contact Andrew Leckey, president, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, 602-496-9186 or andrew.leckey@businessjournalism.org.

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