The ieiMedia faculty below have recently participated, or will participate, in one or more of our program sites. Our faculty bring a blend of study abroad teaching experience and superb professional credentials. Two of our instructors are Pulitzer Prize winning journalists.

Amara Aguilar

Amara Aguilar is an associate professor of professional practice in digital journalism at USC Annenberg. She previously was the journalism department chair and an assistant professor of journalism at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she advised student news publications and led the journalism program’s mobile and tablet initiatives. She was honored by the California Journalism Education Coalition as “Journalism Educator of the Year” in the two-year college division in 2014. Previously Amara taught multimedia as an assistant professor at Pierce College in Los Angeles, where she taught multimedia storytelling, podcasting, online journalism, media design and development. There she launched a student-run internet radio station, KPCRadio.com, and developed curriculum for a new mobile application design program. Before teaching at Pierce, she taught photojournalism, online journalism and design classes at Cal State Long Beach. In addition, she continues to freelance as a writer, designer and visual journalist (for print and web) and is currently working on independent consulting projects. She has written for the Los Angeles Times and was previously a designer and sports reporter for the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa. Amara has her master’s degree in communications from Cal State Fullerton. Her research in graduate school focused on blogging in journalism. She is also an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro and loves all things tech. Amara is a member of the Society of Newspaper Design, Online News Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and Society of Professional Journalists. She has done media consulting and training for various professional media organizations, universities, colleges and high schools.


Steve Anderson

Steven D. Anderson, Ph.D. (Multimedia/Video – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is a professor of converged media in the School of Media Arts & Design at James Madison University. Prior to entering academe, Anderson was an environmental reporter and weathercaster for KCNC television, a network O&O station in Denver, Colorado. His reporting often involved in-depth examination of local and regional environmental issues and an explanation of the science behind them. He also worked as a news photographer, weathercaster and news reporter at stations in Fresno, California and Fargo, North Dakota. He is an author of a textbook entitled “Exploring Electronic Media: Chronicles & Challenges” (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing). His websites have won top awards from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA Best of Festival) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC Best of the Web Competition). Anderson is a former President of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), the association for electronic media professors and industry professionals. He taught video in Urbino from 2011 through 2016 and directed the program since 2014. He created the websites for presentation of student work in each of those years. He also taught in Istanbul in 2015. Steve earned his Ph.D. from the University of Denver. He will direct the Urbino program again in 2017.


Nancy Andrews

Nancy Andrews is the Ogden Newspapers Visiting Professor in Media Innovation in the Reed College of Media at the University of West Virginia. Andrews joined the College in Fall 2015. Previously, she was the Chief of Innovation at the Detroit Free Press where she handled leading innovation in news, products and new models for journalism and revenue. Andrews also served nine years as the publication’s managing editor for digital and is an expert at audience analysis. Before joining the Free Press staff, Andrews spent ten years at The Washington Post as a staff photographer. She has published two books, “Family: A portrait of Gay & Lesbian America,” published in 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers, and “Partial View: An Alzheimer’s Journal,” which she co-authored in 1998.


Asabi (Stephanie Howard)

Asabi (Stephanie Howard) is an associate professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. As a performer, director, playwright and stage manager, Asabi aspires to immerse herself in nearly every aspect of theatre. She has directed shows such as for colored girls… & for black boys (her original compilation) which was selected as a feature at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival, The Bluest Eye, The Color Purple, Black Mama Monologues, Ruined, Sarafina, Slappin’ God in the Face (her original work), Fabulation, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, From the Mississippi Delta, Blues for an Alabama Sky and The Amen Corner. She has also authored Reaching for God with Dirty Hands and Tainted Blood (a hip hop drama) and Distorted Beauty. She has received the NCCU College of Liberal Arts Awards in Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship, and Playwriting. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and Wake Forest University, Asabi earned her doctorate at Regent University in Communication and Theatre. She has also taught at Norfolk State University and Bennett College, where she received The Board of Trustee’s Excellence in Teaching Award.


Susan Biddle

Susan Biddle (Photography – ieiMedia Fellow) was a Washington Post staff photographer for thirteen years and now freelances for the Post as well as other publications and organizations. She began her career photographing for the Peace Corps and later worked as a staff photographer for the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Denver Post. After five years at the Denver Post she left to become a White House photographer documenting the Presidency for the last year of the Reagan administration and all four years of the George H.W. Bush administration. She began working for the Washington Post in 1996. Prior to that she freelanced and her work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Life, National Geographic and other publications worldwide. She has participated in various book projects including Day in the Life of America, Day in the Life of Thailand, Hong Kong – Here Be Dragons, Day in the Life of the American Woman and America at Home. She has won awards with White House News Photographers Association and National Press Photographers Association. Susan taught photography in Urbino in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.


Will Boone

Will Boone is an associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Winston-Salem State University, where he teaches courses on hip-hop, gender, popular culture, African American culture and African American literature. Originally from Orange, New Jersey, Boone received his Ph.D. in 2008 in African-American Studies from Temple University. His research interests include cultural and music criticism, cultural history, popular culture, and African American masculinity. Boone’s most recent research is entitled “Black Babe Ruths: Major League Baseball, Hip Hop Iconography and the Birth of the Uncool,” which examines the interface between Major League Baseball iconography, hip hop aesthetics and the decline of African American involvement in the sport of baseball. Boone has served as a consultant for Critical Mass Consulting Inc. and produces multimedia content for Afro Blew Media Inc.


Jeffrey Brody

Jeffrey Brody (ieiMedia Fellow) is a professor of Communications and member of the Asian-American Studies Program Council at California State University, Fullerton. He teaches advanced writing classes, courses on mass communication and society, and media and diversity. He has a distinguished record advising student publications. His international reporting class has taken journalism students on medical missions to Cambodia and Vietnam the past four years. His research interests include the Internet, ethnic press, newspaper industry and the Vietnamese American experience. He is co-author of “The Newspaper Publishing Industry,” and an oral history of Yen Do, the founder of the Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese-language newspaper in the United States. Brody also has been associate producer of “Saigon USA,” a documentary film, and selections from his documentary photography exhibit, “The Vietnamese: Self Portrait of a People,” were included for an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum in Washington, D.C. and for a touring Smithsonian exhibit in cities across the United States. Brody has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and received doctoral equivalency from California State University, Fullerton. He is an award-winning reporter with more than a dozen years experience the newspaper industry and has written freelance articles for newspapers and magazines. Brody has appeared on an ABC “Nightline” segment and been interviewed by “The New York Times,” “The British Guardian,”National Public Radio, “The Los Angeles Times,” and other major publications. He has received grants from the McCormick Foundation, Ford Foundation and been a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii. Professor Brody directed the program in Valencia, Spain in 2014, 2015, and 2016.


Francesca Carducci

Francesca Carducci (Italian Language/Interpreter Supervisor – ieiMedia Fellow) received her degree in Pharmacy at the University of Urbino. She teaches English and is a lecturer (CEL) in the Department of Modern Literature and Philological-Linguistic Sciences at the University of Urbino. She is a member of the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) staff of the faculty of Computer Science and teaches in the English master’s program for Italian primary school teachers offered by the Department of Foreign Languages. Fran is originally from Buffalo, New York, and became interested in content-based teaching methodology as a consequence of her scientific background. She has revised and edited scientific articles to be published in English for years, and has created science and math courses in English for Italian students at almost every level. Francesca truly enjoys teaching both on-line and in the classroom and, after more than 20 years of living and working in Urbino, considers herself a bona fide “Urbinate.” She taught Italian language and supervised interpreters in Urbino in 2009 through 2016 and returns again in 2017.


James Carviou

James Carviou

James Carviou is an assistant professor of convergent journalism and public relations in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Missouri Western State University. He serves as the adviser for the Griffon Yearbook. Carviou has a multi-faceted background in journalism education that bridges the gap between the academy and best practice in the field. Carviou also serves as a faculty member in the Applied Digital Media Master’s program at MWSU. He has conducted and published research focused on television, social media, photojournalism, and media framing. Carviou actively serves as publication reviewer for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Associated Collegiate Press and Quill and Scroll.


Dennis Chamberlin

Dennis Chamberlin (Photography – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is an assistant professor of journalism at Iowa State University and a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. He has more than 20 years experience as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist and has worked for publications such as TIME, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and National Geographic. Most of his professional career was spent living in Eastern Europe, where he covered the fall of communism and reintegration of Europe for various publications over a 15-year period. He has spent most of his life shooting slide film but is now a strong advocate of the power of multimedia as a storytelling tool and focuses his own work and teaching on multimedia. He taught photography in Urbino in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and directed the multimedia program there between 2011 and 2013. Dennis returns to Urbino in 2017.


Curt Chandler

Curt Chandler (ieiMedia Faculty) teaches multimedia reporting and journalism entrepreneurship at Penn State University. He has more than 25 years of industry experience as a visual journalist, writer and manager. Chandler was the editor for online innovation at post-gazette.com in Pittsburgh and taught photojournalism at Duquesne University before becoming a full-time educator in 2007. He has coached student journalists doing field work in Brazil and Hong Kong. He conducted the first multimedia workshop for the Vatican press corps in Rome. He is a video coach for the National Press Photographers Association and the Online News Association. In 1992 Chandler photographed a revival of the first rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball, for a special issue of Life magazine commemorating the 40th anniversary of rock’n’roll. He also covered the opening of the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.


Stacie Chandler

Stacie Paulsen Chandler (Visiting Journalist) is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She has been a police reporter and copy editor at the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Sun; the editor of special advertising sections and the director of the Newspapers in Education program at the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner; the Director of Communications at the Mon Valley Initiative in Pittsburgh, Pa.; and the editor of The Bulletin, a monthly newspaper in Pittsburgh. Currently, Stacie is the Student Advisor and Course Coordinator for the Penn State University School of Theatre and copy-edits books in her spare time.



Andrew Ciofalo

Andrew Ciofalo (ieiMedia Founder and President – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is professor emeritus of communication/ journalism at Loyola College Maryland, where he arrived in 1983 to found what is now The Communication Department. In 2002, he founded the Cagli Program in International Reporting, a multimedia study-abroad program in Cagli, Italy, which laid the foundations for the Institute for Education in International Media. In keeping with his interest in experiential learning, he is the founder of Apprentice House Press, a student-run book publishing company at Loyola University. Prof. Ciofalo, who earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, has taught courses in Travel Writing, Book Publishing, Magazine Publishing, Magazine Writing, and Opinion Writing. He has taught in Cagli (2002-2006, 2008), Armagh (2007) and Urbino (2010 & 2011).


Terri Ciofalo

Terri Ciofalo (ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is an Assistant Professor of Stage Management at the University of Illinois and the Assistant Production Manager at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. An expert logistical manager, Terri has toured nationally and regionally with a variety of theatre artists and dance companies as a Production and Stage Manager. Prior to earning her MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 2000, Terri worked as a Communications Operations Manager for T. Rowe Price as well as a freelance Communications Professional writing, editing and designing publications for various non-profit organizations in the Maryland/D.C. area. Terri is happy to blend both her publications background and her logistical management experience and join the faculty as Program Director for the Armagh Project. Terri directed the Armagh, Northern Ireland program from 2013 through 2016. She returns in that role in 2017.


Lona Cobb

Lona D. Cobb is a professor in the Communication and Media Studies Department at Winston-Salem State University. She was a Mellon Fellow in Salzburg, Austria writing on the “Influences, Values and Professional Responsibility in the News Media”. USA Today newspaper gave her the “Power Teacher Award.” She also served as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves. She is faculty adviser of the award-winning student newspaper, The News Argus. She has taught at West Virginia State University, Marshall University and Bennett College for Women. She has been a reporter for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Winston-Salem Journal and a copy editor for the Greensboro News & Record. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Marshall University and a doctorate in journalism from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She was awarded the University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s first Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which resulted in a research paper on “Mobilizing Information in the Health Content of Ebony, Essence and Jet,” presented at the national convention of the Association for Education Journalism and Mass Communication.

Ashley Colburn

Ashley Colburn began her career as a host, producer, and writer for Wealth TV in 2009. She produced her first travel show ”WOW Croatia!” which was awarded Croatia’s Golden Pen award (Best U.S. media) and won an Emmy in 2010. Following her success with the Croatia show, Colburn created “TAKEOFF with Ashley Colburn” a travel series that premiered in 2010 on WealthTV and took her to over 25 countries on 6 continents over 2 seasons. Since late 2011 Colburn has run her own production company, Ashley Colburn Productions, producing travel journalism products for various countries and entities around the world.



Brandon Coley

Brandon Coley is the Technical/Multimedia Adviser for the award-winning student newspaper, The News Argus at Winston-Salem State University. Brandon is a freelance multimedia expert with professional experience in graphic design, videography, interactive news, and front-end web development. He interned at several news organizations, including the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. He also worked as a graphics reporter/multimedia journalist at the South Bend Tribune (Indiana). As a freelance multimedia specialist, he has directed and produced several hip-hop music videos and urban mini-documentaries. Coley earned his B.S. in Computer Graphics and Animation at Winston-Salem State University. He won several state-wide and national awards for his editorial cartoons and multimedia projects. He has also served in the U.S. Navy for six years.


Doug Cumming

Doug Cumming, Ph.D. (Reporting – ieiMedia Fellow) is an associate professor of journalism at Washington & Lee University with 26 years experience at metro newspapers and magazines. Since getting a Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill in mass communications, he has taught multimedia reporting and feature writing at Loyola University-New Orleans and at W&L in Virginia. Earlier, he worked at the newspapers in Raleigh, Providence and Atlanta, was editor of the Sunday Magazine in Providence and helped launch Southpoint monthly magazine in Atlanta. He won a George Polk Award and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. His book The Southern Press came out in 2009, and more recently, he edited and wrote the foreword to Bylines, a selection of magazine articles by his father Joe Cumming, who was Newsweek’s Southern bureau chief in the ’60s and ’70s. He taught Reporting in Urbino in 2011, 2012, and 2015. He taught in Armagh, Northern Ireland in 2014.


Mary D'Ambrosio

Mary D’Ambrosio (Reporting – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is an assistant professor of journalism at Central Connecticut State University, and previously taught at New York and Columbia universities. A writer specializing in international issues, she has reported from the U.K., Turkey, Italy and Latin America. She served as an editor at Global Finance magazine in New York, a reporter for the Associated Press in Venezuela and a correspondent and book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has also appeared in Islands, Institutional Investor, Working Woman, Working Mother, Worldpress, Newsday and the Miami Herald. In 2009, she founded Big World Magazine, to feature multimedia storytelling about places. She holds a B.S. in magazine journalism from Syracuse University, and an M.Sc. in economic history from the London School of Economics. She edited ieiMedia’s Urbino Now magazine in 2010. She was also the founding director of ieiMedia’s Istanbul global reporting program, and led it from 2011-2015.


Juey Dobler

Judy Dobler Ph.D. (ieiMedia Senior Fellow Emeritus) is retired from the Writing Department at Loyola University (Md.). Her contributions in developing standards, pedagogy and structure in the formative years of ieiMedia continue to shape the thrust of ieiMedia experiential programs to this day. Immediately after earning her doctorate at the University of Iowa, she came to Loyola in 1983 to play a significant role in the college’s ground-breaking Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program, which was funded by a major national grant. In addition to teaching essay writing, she headed the Empirical Rhetoric program, which gives qualified entering freshmen opportunities to do more advanced writing. Dr. Dobler also chaired the college’s Gender Studies Program. Her academic research agenda focused on the development and use of metaphor in early scientific writing, an interest that was expressed in one of her unique courses, “Translating the Secrets of Science”. Dr. Dobler was instrumental in the shaping of the Cagli program during her stint on the faculty during its inaugural year.


Michael Dorsher

Michael Dorsher Ph.D. (Reporting – ieiMedia Fellow) is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and president of the Fulbright Association-Minnesota Chapter. He was a Fulbright Scholar at McGill University in Montréal in 2008-09. Conversant in French and Spanish, he’s leading a team of journalism students on a multimedia, bilingual reporting trip to Peru in January 2012, and he taught Web design at Harlaxton College in the U.K. in 2008. Before earning a doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1999 and joining the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2000, he was an award-winning journalist for 20 years, capped by four years as a founding editor of washingtonpost.com. He is the co-author of “Controversies in Media Ethics” (2011, Routledge), its website, “The Encyclopedia of Journalism” (2009, Sage) and dozens of websites with his students. Michael directed the program in Nice, France from 2014 through 2016.


Arielle Emmett

Arielle Emmett Ph.D., (ieiMedia Fellow) comes to ieiMedia from the University of Hong Kong Journalism & Media Studies Centre (2013) and Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia on a Fulbright (2015) grant. Dr. Emmett completed her dissertation in the cognitive and aesthetic effects of news photography, and is a published newspaper and magazine feature writer with credits in Newsweek, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Saturday Review, The American Journalism Review, MIT Technology Review, Visual Communication Quarterly, OMNI, Detroit Free Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, Caixin (Beijing), and Wall Street Journal Market Watch. For a decade Dr. Emmett was a contributing editor to The Scientist; she has also been the editor-in-chief of three technology magazines. Fluent in Mandarin and French, Dr. Emmett taught at the International College Beijing and has joined ieiMedia as an instructor in Northern Ireland and Italy.


Tammy L. Evans

Tammy L. Evans is an associate professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Art and Visual Studies at Winston-Salem State University. Evans holds an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.F.A. from Wayne State University, Detroit. She has taught graphic design for 14 years at Wayne State University, International Academy of Design & Technology, and Winston-Salem State University. Areas of her research include typography, information design and communication systems published by Graphic Design Journal. Evans serves on the Board of the S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation to further economic development and student civic engagement. Her professional works include corporate identity and signage systems for the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, University of Michigan Medical Center, POH Medical Center, General Motors, and Electronic Data Systems. Evans’ research grants include the Winston-Salem State Faculty Development Grant, ASI Sign Systems Publication Award, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, German Federal Cultural Foundation, and Newnan Faculty Development Grant.


Michael Gold

Michael Gold (Reporting/Writing – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) has been a writer, editor, and manager at award-winning publications, in print and online. He started his career as a reporter at the Bergen County (NJ) Record and the Boston Herald American. He was a founding writer and editor for Science 80, which won three National Magazine Awards while he was there. In 1986, Gold co-founded Hippocrates, now called Health, where he served as managing editor and executive editor. As a consultant for West Gold Editorial, he helped conceive and launch University Business and Dwell magazines as well as Thrive, an online health network produced by Time, Inc. and AOL. Gold has consulted for Inc, PC World, Consumer Reports, Executive Travel, and others, offering management advice, guiding major renovations, and coaching editorial staff. He has served as the editor of Strings magazine, edited several jazz arranging books for Berklee Press, and helped lead the magazine launch projects and online track for the Stanford Professional Publishing Courses. He is the author of A Conspiracy of Cells, a popular, nonfiction account of a scandal in cancer research. He taught in Urbino from 2011 through 2016. He returns to Urbino in 2017.


Linda Gradstein
Linda Gradstein

Linda Gradstein (International Reporting – ieiMedia Fellow) is the Middle East Bureau Chief for The Media Line, one of the largest purveyors of content to the Arab World. For 20 years she was the Jerusalem correspondent for National Public Radio and has won several awards for her coverage. She has written for The Washington Post, Slate and The Jerusalem Report, and she has been a visiting professor of journalism at Georgetown University in Washington and the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Linda speaks Hebrew and Arabic. Her most important productions are her four children, age 8 – 18.)



Rustin Greene

Rustin Greene (Video – ieiMedia Fellow) spent his first career as a television writer/producer/director, earning two Los Angeles Area EMMY awards and three Cable ACE awards. Rusty is now in his second career, teaching in James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design. Rusty continues to write and produce, and his programs have earned several awards, including a third EMMY for a NASA education program. Rusty has been a Bridgeforth Endowed Professor, and received the JMU Alumni Association 2006 Distinguished Faculty Award. Rusty has been immersed in international education for many years, directing JMU’s London Study Abroad programs for nine years, and teaching and directing programs in Florence, Montreux, Cairo, and London. Greene taught promotional video in Urbino from 2013 through 2016 and will return to Urbino in 2017.


Suzy Hansen

Suzy Hansen (Reporting – ieiMedia Fellow) is a freelance writer who has lived in Istanbul for four years. She has written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ, the New York Times, and many other publications. In 2007, she was the recipient of an Institute of Current World Affairs writing fellowship. Before moving to Istanbul, she was an editor at the New York Observer and Salon. Suzy taught in Istanbul in 2013 and 2014.



Laird Harrison

Laird Harrison  is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in magazines (TIMEAudubon, Reader’s Digest, People, Health), newspapers (San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press); and Web sites (Reuters, Salon, MSNBC, CNN.com). He has produced video for Web sites of Smithsonian Magazine and WebMD, and audio for KQED and WUNC public media stations. He has taught journalism at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley Extension. 



Barry Janes

Barry Janes (Video – ieiMedia Fellow) works and teaches electronic media theory, programming and technology at Rider University. He has been a producer, director and/or writer of more than 100 video productions, and has advised numerous corporations, non-profit organizations and municipalities. Dr. Janes’ research interests include Broadcast Programming and History, and, most recently, the effective use of computer-based asynchronous technologies in the classroom. He participated in Urbino as a Faculty Fellow. As a Fellow, Janes had regular informal access to the program faculty for pedagogical and theoretical exchanges. In addition, he participated in the program’s video module and become a resource to faculty and students where appropriate. Janes taught in Urbino in 2015 and 2016.


William Jiles

William Jiles is Director of the Journalism Division at Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, where he teaches broadcast announcing. Jiles is a veteran television journalist whose professional career spanned 20 years. In 1986, he won the ARWT Award for “Best Male Television Reporter” in the West Palm Beach, Florida market. A year later, Jiles won the Florida School Board Association’s Media Award for “Excellent Coverage of Public Education.” After joining SJGC’s faculty in 2006, Jiles launched Florida A&M’s first daily live television newscast in 2007. Jiles earned his B.S. in Broadcast Journalism at Florida A&M and his M.A. in Communication and Leadership at Gonzaga University.


Rachele Kanigel

Rachele Kanigel (International Reporting – ieiMedia Senior Fellow)is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University and former president of College Media Association. She was a newspaper reporter for 15 years and has freelanced for TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Health, MediaShift and other publications.



Sharon Kessler

Sharon Kessler MPA (Reporting -ieiMedia Fellow) was a slot editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 2000 to 2010, which followed five years as a copy editor on the Metro and National desks at The Washington Post, two years as the proof desk deputy chief at U.S. News & World Report and two years as a copy editor at the Wisconsin State Journal. Before that, she was a television and radio reporter for a dozen years. She has won SPJ and AP awards for headline writing, projects editing, investigative reporting and radio documentary. Recently, she has been using social media, blogging and multimedia to publicize and direct a nonprofit project preserving a 19th century stone building on the Main Street of her hometown, Bottineau, N.D. She was a visiting journalist in Nice, France in 2014 and 2015.

Kurt Lancaster
Kurt Lancaster

Kurt Lancaster is a professor of creative media and film at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of DSLR Cinema (Focal Press), Video Journalism for the Web (Routeldge), Production House Cinema (Focal Press), among other works. His students have gone on to create their own video production houses, worked as producers and cinematographers, as well as earning national and regional award winning films. Some of his clients have included: the Grand Canyon National Park, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management; The Christian Science Monitor; Timpanogos Caves National Monument for the National Park Service; the American Community School in Amman, Jordan; Ha:san Preparatory and Leadership School in Tucson, Arizona for the National Institute of Health; the Pedras Mesa Demonstration Ranch in Arizona; Altez Ecofarm at Hasta Gard in Stockholm, Sweden; the Law of the Desert Born graphic novel promo for Louis L’Amour Enterprises, Inc; the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University. Kurt previously taught for ieiMedia in Istanbul, Turkey. He earned his PhD from NYU.

Lori Listopad

Lori Listopad (Broadcast/On-Air – ieiMedia Fellow) is currently the director of residence life at the University of Jamestown. Her graduate and undergraduate degrees are in mass communication. Prior to working in higher education, Listopad was a reporter and morning anchor at KSAX in Alexandria, Minn. Listopad teaches public speaking and professional communication both online and in the classroom, as well as operating a successful blog. Her specialty is on air delivery and field reporting. She taught in Nice, France in 2014.


Steven Listopad

Steven Listopad (Multimedia – ieiMedia Fellow) is a Ph.D. candidate at North Dakota State University and has been an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication and student media director at the University of Jamestown and Valley City State University in Norwegian-rich North Dakota. He has taught journalism and media in China (2013); Nice, France (2014); Florence, Italy (2015); and Oslo (2016). Listopad has been honored with the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation’s First Amendment Award for Education, AEJMC’s Innovative Outreach to Scholastic Journalism Award, the Friend of Journalism Education Association award and the Distinguished Multimedia Adviser award from College Media Association. His converged student media center at UJ was a finalist in North Dakota’s annual professional entrepreneurial competition, InnovateND, and he was a 2015 Scripps Howard Fellow for Entrepreneurial Journalism. Before teaching, Listopad reported for a daily newspaper, an alternative weekly newspaper and a military newspaper. He also worked as a talent agency assistant and in post-production and international distribution and publicity at New Line Cinema in Los Angeles. Listopad is a music and culture enthusiast and lists Jonny Lang, Jesse Ventura, Gear Daddies and Skid Row as some of his favorite interviews.


Greg Luft

Greg Luft (Photography/Video – ieiMedia Fellow) chairs the Journalism and Media Communication department at Colorado State University. His professional work before and during his academic career includes television news reporting and anchoring; documentary, educational, and corporate video production; and freelance video journalism. Before his work in academia, Luft worked in local TV news as a general assignment and investigative reporter, and news anchor in Wyoming, Florida, Oklahoma and Colorado. His independent productions focus on television writing and production, and the behavior of journalists. Greg was named a Colorado State University best teacher in 2013. He also has served in leadership roles for the Broadcast Education Association, College Media Advisors, and the Colorado Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Greg taught video in Urbino between 2012 and 2016. He also participated in Croatia in 2016.


Kimberley Lynne

Kimberley Lynne (ieiMedia Fellow) is a playwright, novelist, teacher, and theatrical producer. Over thirty of her plays have been produced in Baltimore, Washington, Minneapolis and New York, including five professional productions at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and Rep Stage. Apprentice House published her ghost folklore novel, Dredging the Choptank, in 2010 and her one-man Christmas Carol, A Dickens of a Carol, in 2009. Lynne teaches screenwriting and is the theater events coordinator at the University of Baltimore. A graduate of Loyola University, Lynne is enrolled in UB’s M.F.A. Creative Writing and Publications Design program. She is a member of Actors Equity and the Dramatist Guild. For more information, visit her website at www.kimberleylynne.com. Kimberley taught in Armagh in 2013 and 2014.


Bob Marshall

Bob Marshall (Reporting – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is a New Orleans journalist whose reporting on Louisiana coastal issues at The Times-Picayune and The Lens has been recognized by two Pulitzer Prizes; the John H. Oakes Prize for Distinguished Environmental Reporting from Columbia University; the Keck Award for best science reporting from The National Academies of Sciences, a national Edward Murrow Award from the Radio, Television and Digital News Association, Gannett Award for Innovative Watchdog Journalism from the Investigative Reports and Editors Association, The National Headliners Award and many others. In previous lives Bob’s work as a sportswriter led to induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, while his achievements as an outdoors writer resulted in selection for the Circle of Chiefs, the highest award for conservation writing from the Outdoors Writers Association of America. Bob lives in his native New Orleans with his wife, Marie Gould, founder of Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Educational Tours.


Brian Poulter

Brian Poulter is a professor of journalism at Eastern Illinois University, where he has enjoyed working with tomorrow’s great photojournalists and visual storytellers for over 23 years. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) has recognized both his photojournalism workshops and his in-class teaching as being the best in the nation. With grants from his home university and Verizon Wireless, Brian continues to tell stories visually. He has documented the Mississippi River from its end in New Orleans to its source in Minnesota, chronicled a motorcycle trip to the Arctic Circle, retraced the original Oregon Trail routes, examined the Old National Road and recently explored Illinois State Highway 1. Brian is also the co-author of NewsSim, a news writing software program that is used in college journalism programs throughout the country. Brian is a proud graduate of both the University of Wisconsin (MFA in art) and Winona State University (B.A. in mass communications/photojournalism). He will teach in Valencia, Spain in 2015.


Ilene Prusher
Ilene Prusher, Jerusalem Program Director

Ilene Prusher is a full-time journalism instructor at Florida Atlantic University, where she is also a faculty fellow in the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative. She is an award-winning journalist and author who has reported widely in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Prusher will serve as director of ieiMedia Jerusalem after having taught in the program for three summers, from 2013 to 2015. Prusher, who holds a Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has covered some 30 countries in the course of her career as a foreign correspondent. She was a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor from 2000 to 2010, serving as the Boston-based newspaper’s bureau chief in Tokyo, Istanbul, and Jerusalem. During this time, she covered the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for “What’s a Kidney Worth,” a wide-ranging investigative story on organ trafficking. She won the United Nations Correspondents’ Association (UNCA) Award in 1998 for her coverage of Somalia. From 2013-15, Prusher was a regular contributor to TIME magazine from Jerusalem, a reporter and columnist for Haaretz, and the host of a weekly public affairs program at TLV1 Radio in Tel Aviv. Prusher’s most recent articles have been published in the New York Times Book Review, as well as The Monitor and TIME, for whom she covered the Orlando nightclub shooting. Prusher started her career as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Moving to the Middle East in 1996, she wrote for Newsday, The New Republic, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer and the Jerusalem Report. Her book “Baghdad Fixer,” a novel about the war in Iraq, was released in November 2012 by Halban Publishers in London and Independent Publishers Group in the US in 2014. Prusher has also taught courses in international reporting and covering conflict for NYU-Tel Aviv, IDC Herzliya, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Robert Reeder

Robert A. Reeder (Photography – ieiMedia Fellow) served on the faculty for ieiMedia in Urbino, Italy in 2014. He has taught photojournalism as well as mentored graduate photojournalism students at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Prior to that he lived and worked in Amman, Jordan and in Chisinau, Moldova, photographing political struggles in the former Soviet state while also teaching at the Independent Journalism Center. He retired in 2006 following 16 years at the Washington Post as a staff photographer, before going on to help start the wildly successful Politico as photo editor/photographer just prior to moving abroad. Since graduating college he’s worked as a staff photographer on newspapers in Shreveport, Louisiana; Bremerton, Washington; Chicago, Illinois; Middletown, New York and Washington, DC. His work has been widely published and recognized by White House Press Photographers Association, National Press Photographers Association, as well as other organizations. This past summer he became a certified yoga instructor. He taught in Florence in 2015 and in the Olso, Norway program in 2016.


Ricki Rosen
Ricki Rosen

Ricki Rosen is a news photographer and videographer who has worked professionally for more than 25 years. She was a contract photographer for Time magazine, and her work has been published in all major international publications including Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, People, Paris Match and Figaro. Rosen, who lives in Jerusalem with her two children, also shoots and edits video documentaries. Her work has also been featured in numerous books and exhibitions. Rosen has published several photographic books including Transformations: From Ethiopia to Israel, a portrait of Ethiopian Jews rescued during Operation Solomon – with a look at their lives 15 years later. She has lived and worked in the Middle East since 1988, documenting stories of war, peace, terrorism, millennial fever and mass immigration through her photography.


John Shrader

John Shrader is assistant professor of Journalism at California State University, Long Beach. He teaches courses in broadcast journalism, including news and sports journalism for both radio and television, and visual storytelling for all media. John spent 30 years as a broadcaster in San Francisco, for which he won an Emmy Award as an on-air host in 2009. He has equal experience in television and radio, on-air talent work and production. He brings all this professional knowledge to the classroom. John’s award-winning 2009 documentary film “Conflicted: The Barry Bonds Home Run Chase” explored media coverage of the complicated and controversial baseball star in his quest to set the all-time home run record. In 2013, his documentary film “Baseball’s Social Gathering” looked at how the process of gathering and delivering sports journalism has been dramatically altered by the new tools of social media and digital media. His most recent projects include a film documentary on the Long Beach Pow Wow, to be released in 2016; a one-hour radio documentary on LA sports radio which airs in Spring 2016; and chapters in two book projects, “Everything I Know about Relationships I Learned from Television,” and “Red, White, Blue and Green: Perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico Soccer Rivalry.”


Bruce Strong

Bruce Strong (Photography – ieiMedia Fellow) is a multimedia storyteller who likes to work with great people on awesome projects. Life is too short to do anything else. He has shot in nearly 60 countries, with Sudan, Armenia and Haiti added to the mix most recently. Bruce was on staff at The Orange County Register in Southern California for 11 years and has freelanced for a variety of international publications and non-profit organizations. Bruce’s work has been published in such prestigious publications as TIME Magazine and National Geographic and has earned numerous awards and two fellowships, The Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan and the Knight Fellowship at Ohio University. When he’s not in the field, Bruce spends a lot of time helping others learn to tell stories that matter as an associate professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he teaches an array of video, audio, photography and multimedia courses. In the fall of 2011, Bruce served as the first professional in residence at MediaStorm in New York City, where he helped produce “A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan” which was nominated for an Emmy, a finalist for Documentary of the Year at POYi, second place in Long Form Multimedia Story at POYi, and won the Media For Liberty Award. Upon returning to Newhouse, Bruce became chairman of the Multimedia Photography & Design department. He taught in Valencia, Spain in 2014.


Venise Wagner

Venise Wagner (Reporting – ieiMedia Fellow) is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. She spent 12 years as a reporter for various California dailies, including the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle. While at the Examiner she covered education and issues in the Bay Area’s various black communities. She was also a religion and ethics reporter for the Orange County Register and The Modesto Bee. Her work has also been published in Parade, Mother Jones, and Hope magazines. At San Francisco State she developed a curriculum that focuses on marginalized communities and structural inequities. She is currently co-authoring a book that offers journalists reporting tools and strategies to improve coverage of racial inequities. Wagner graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a master’s in Latin American studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Wagner taught in Istanbul from 2013 through 2015.


Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss (Video – ieiMedia Fellow) is an award winning television anchor, reporter and producer of local and network television sports and news programming who utilizes his experience professionally and in the classroom. Weiss has enjoyed a distinguished broadcasting career of 25+ years as a program producer, host, and analyst for ESPN, TNN, FOX Prime Sports, Outdoor Channel and the Outdoor Life Network. In addition to sports, Weiss has appeared as a national news correspondent on the PBS and CNBC program “World Business Review.” Prior to that, he was a news reporter, anchor and producer for local television stations in Denver, Las Vegas, Shreveport, La., and Pocatello, Idaho. He has won more than 30 national and regional awards for news and marketing presentations including Associated Press, United Press International, National Press Photographer’s Association, PRSA, BMA and 15 Telly Awards recognizing excellence in corporate and cable television production. Steve Weiss is a full-time instructor and the Special Projects Coordinator in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University teaching classes in video production, newswriting, corporate multimedia production, professional communication and live event television production. Steve taught in Urbino in 2014 and he directed the program in Croatia in 2016.


Susan West

Susan West (Reporting/Writing – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is a principal at West Gold Editorial consulting, where she has helped launch magazines such as Dwell, trained online editors at websites such as BabyCenter, and advised publications from the New England Journal of Medicine to Cooking Light and Acoustic Guitar. With an M.S. in science journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia, West started her career as a staff writer at Science News and Science 80. In 1986, she co-founded a popular health magazine called Hippocrates (now known as Health and owned by Time Inc.), which won four National Magazine Awards during her tenure. In 2009, she served as the founding editor of the travel magazine Afar, which was named Best Travel Magazine in North America by the Society of American Travel Writers. She has also been the executive editor of Smithsonian magazine and of the Food and Environment Reporting Network, an award-winning non profit newsroom that partners with major media outlets to produce in-depth stories about food, agriculture, and environmental health. For many years she oversaw the magazine launch projects at the Stanford Professional Publishing Course. She directed the magazine/app component of the Urbino program from 2011 through 2016. She returns to Urbino in 2017.


Pawel Wyszomirski

Pawel Wyszomirski (Photography – ieiMedia Fellow) is a freelance photographer from Gdansk, Poland, and cofounder of the photo community Testigo, a collective of photographers and videographers focusing on visual journalism. He participated in the international documentary photo project that dealt with complex Polish-German relations “Wie du es siehst?” and has exhibited his work in Poland and Germany. Over the past few years he has coordinated and taught at several photography workshops and courses for students from Poland, the United States and Scandinavia. Pawel interned at Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s premier national newspaper, and currently teaches photojournalism and documentary photography at the Sopot School of Photography. He taught photography in Urbino in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Check out professor Wyszomirski’s photo blog at: http://www.pawelwyszomirski.blogspot.com


Jack Zibluk

Jack Zibluk Ph.D., (Photography – ieiMedia Fellow) is professor of journalism at Southeast Missouri State University, where he teaches multi media journalism. Previously, he worked at Arkansas State University, where he was the primary teacher in the state’s only photojournalism degree program. His professional journalism work has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, News Photographer magazine, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and Rolling Stone. He is a former National Geographic magazine faculty fellow, and a former vice president of the National Press Photographers Association. He won the NPPA’s Garland educator of the year award in 2005, and the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association’s Lemke educator award in 2009. In 2011, he led a group of Arkansas State University students to India, where he produced a multi media blog at: http://www.asuindia.blogspot.com. A native of Derby, Connecticut, he worked for 10 years as a newspaper writer, photographer and editor, in southern New England. He earned his bachelors and masters in political science and urban studies at Southern Connecticut State University, and his Ph.D. in mass communications from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He lives in Jonesboro Arkansas, with his wife, Sara E. McNeil, director of communications at Arkansas state, and their daughter, Kate, 15, who is also a budding journalist. Zibluk participated as a faculty fellow in Istanbul in 2015.



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