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Reynolds Center picks 36 fellows for intensive business journalism training

Gary Trennepohl, president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, teaches at the Strictly Financials Seminar in Phoenix in January 2011. He will return in 2012.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has selected 36 fellows – 20 journalists and 16 professors – for four days of intensive study in business journalism.

The fellows will attend separate, all-expenses-paid seminars Jan. 2-5 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. | Coverage of 2011 Strictly Financials and Business Journalism Professors seminars

“We were impressed by the growing number, quality and commitment of applicants in this sixth year of our annual business journalism seminars,” said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center and the Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School. “The global economy and volatile markets have made it clear to everyone that journalists with sophisticated business knowledge provide a needed service to society.”

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 2011 winners of the Reynolds Center’s Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism.

The 2012 fellows are:

Strictly Financials Seminar

  • Tali Arbel, newsperson, The Associated Press
  • Allan Brettman, business reporter, The Oregonian
  • Jan Buchholz, reporter, Phoenix Business Journal
  • Ronald Campbell, staff writer, The Orange County Register
  • Alejandra Cancino, reporter, Chicago Tribune
  • Mary Smith Judd, special projects editor, Fulton County Daily Report
  • Megan Kamerick, senior reporter, New Mexico Business Weekly
  • Carlie Kollath, business reporter, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
  • Kavita Kumar, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Lily Leung, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Shan Li, retail reporter, Los Angeles Times
  • Eric Lipton, reporter, The New York Times
  • Emerald Sierra Morrow, digital content producer, KMOV-TV
  • Dawn Nici, morning news anchor, KFNN radio
  • Susan Orr, staff writer, Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press
  • Anna Prior, staff reporter, SmartMoney
  • Kristi E. Swartz, business reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Venessa Wong, reporter, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Jeff Young, senior correspondent, PRI’s “Living on Earth,” and Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellow in Business Journalism
  • Hibah Yousuf, markets reporter, CNNMoney.com

Business Journalism Professors Seminar

  • Sharon Bernstein, Reynolds Visiting Professor, Arizona State University
  • Karen Blumenthal, Reynolds Visiting Professor, Texas Christian University
  • Rhonda J. Clark, assistant professor, Missouri Southern State University
  • Carol A. Davis, instructor, High Point University
  • Mark B. Egan, adjunct professor, Montclair State University
  • Maria Albertina Navas Leoro, lecturer, Universidad de las Americas, Quito, Ecuador
  • Ralph Stephen Merkel, adjunct professor, University of Louisville
  • Kristina J. Morehouse, lecturer, Gonzaga University
  • Janice Paskey, assistant professor, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada
  • Matthew W. Ragas, Ph.D., assistant professor, DePaul University
  • Rob Reuteman, Reynolds Visiting Professor, Colorado State University
  • Lewis Smith, lecturer, Prairie View A&M University
  • Ingrid Sturgis, assistant professor, Howard University
  • Will Sutton, Reynolds Visiting Professor, Grambling State University
  • Jean van der Spuy, adjunct professor, Marymount Manhattan College
  • Rob Wells, Reynolds Visiting Professor, University of South Carolina


Since 2003, more than 10,000 journalists have learned to cover business better through free training from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. The center is at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s Phoenix campus. The center offers regional workshops and Webinars, as well as daily tips to cover business better at BusinessJournalism.org.

It 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.

 Questions? Email President Andrew Leckey of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism or call 602-496-9186.


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