Faculty

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.

Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson, Urbino Program Director

Steven D. Anderson, Ph.D. (Multimedia/Video – ieiMedia Fellow) is a professor of converged media in the School of Media Arts & Design at James Madison University. Prior to entering academe, Anderson was the environmental reporter and weekend weathercaster for KCNC television, a network O&O station in Denver, Colorado. 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 in 2011 through 2014 and directed the program in 2014. He also created the websites for presentation of student work in each of those years. He will direct the Urbino program again in 2015.



Susan Biddle
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 and again in 2014.



Jeffrey Brody
Jeffrey Brody, Valencia Program Director

Jeffrey Brody (ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) 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.



Francesca Carducci
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 2014 and returns again in 2015.



Dennis Chamberlin
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 2015.



Andrew Ciofalo
Andrew Ciofalo, ieiMedia Founder and President

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, Armagh Program Director

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 in 2013 and 2014. She returns in that role in 2015.



Maisie Crow
Maisie Crow

Maisie Crow (ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York and Austin, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and studied as a graduate student at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. Currently, Maisie is shooting a film about the the only remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi and its fight to stay open despite a new law that could shut it down. The film originated from a multimedia collaboration with the Atavist, an iPad magazine. In 2012, her short film, Half-Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now, won the Overseas Press Club Award for online video and was recognized by the World Press Photo Multimedia Contest, Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism and the Lumix Fotofestival. In 2010 her multimedia project, A Life Alone, was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy and recognized in Best of Photojournalism. She attended the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Ian Parry Scholarship and the Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Grant for her photography project, Love Me. Her work has been screened at LOOKbetween, the Lumix Festival for young photojournalism and the New York Photo Festival. Maisie is a member of Razon, a collective of documentary photographers. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Crow taught in Valencia in 2014.



Doug Cumming
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 and 2012 and taught in Armagh, Northern Ireland in 2014.



Mary D'Ambrosio
Mary D’Ambrosio, Istanbul Program Director

Mary D’Ambrosio (Reporting – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) the founding editor of Big World Magazine, teaches journalism at Columbia University and New York University. A writer specializing in international issues, she has reported from the U.K., Turkey, Italy and Latin America. She was 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. Other credits include Islands, Institutional Investor, Working Woman, Working Mother, Newsday and the Miami Herald. D’Ambrosio directed the NYU journalism institute’s feature syndicate, which placed student stories in professional venues, such as The Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Daily Beast, Worldpress and CNN. 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 serves on the editorial board of Abroad View, a national magazine to foster global education. She edited ieiMedia’s Urbino Now magazine in 2010 and has since directed the Istanbul program. She returns as the director in Istanbul in 2015.


Juey Dobler
Judy 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, Nice Program Director

Michael Dorsher Ph.D. (Reporting – ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) 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 in 2014.



Michael Gold
Michael Gold

Michael Gold (Reporting/Writing – ieiMedia 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 the 2011, 2012 and 2014 magazine programs in Urbino and worked on the app program in 2013. He returns to Urbino in 2015.



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 media 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 covered important events in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip such as the intifada, the mass immigration of Soviet immigrants to Israel, the leadership of Yasser Arafat, Hamas in Gaza, the Persian Gulf war, and major elections in Israel. Ms. Gradstein was the Israel correspondent for NPR News from 1990 until 2009. She is a member of the team that received the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as well as the team that received Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her coverage of the Persian Gulf War. She has also published stories in The Washington Post, Slate, and The Jerusalem Report. She has been a visiting professor of journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina. Linda speaks Hebrew and Arabic. Her most important productions are her four children, age 8–18. Linda taught in the 2013 and 2014 programs in Jerusalem.



Rustin Greene
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 in 2013 and 2014 and will return to Urbino in 2015.



Suzy Hansen
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.



Susan Jacobson
Susan Jacobson

Susan Jacobson (ieiMedia Fellow) has worked in new media her entire professional and academic career. She received a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida, an MPS from New York University’s top-ranked Interactive Telecommunications Program and later earned a PhD from NYU. She has travelled all over the world and has taken study abroad students to London, Northern Ireland and Italy. She was an international student herself at Peking University in the People’s Republic of China. She has a passion for working with students to explore new cultures and regions and helping them produce digital stories. Dr. Jacobson’s first “real” job was with The New York Times Company, working on an experimental online service in the early days of the Internet. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Florida International University in Miami, FL, where she leads the Media Innovation Incubator Lab and teaches courses in multimedia production, broadcasting and Web development. Jacobson taught in Jerusalem in 2014.



Rachele Kanigel
Rachele Kanigel

Rachele Kanigel (International Reporting – ieiMedia Senior Fellow Emeritus) is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. Before becoming a professor she was a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years and worked at The Oakland Tribune and The News and Observer in Raleigh, NC. She continues to freelance for magazine and websites; her work has appeared in TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Health, Yoga Journal, Prevention, CNN.com, MSNBC.com and other magazines and websites. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is the author of The Student Newspaper Survival Guide. She has directed ieiMedia programs in Urbino, Italy (2009) and Perpignan, France (2010-2011) and taught in ieiMedia’s Cagli program in 2007. She directed the program in Jerusalem in 2013. She returns to Urbino in 2015.



Sharon Kessler
Sharon Kessler

Sharon Kessler MPA (Reporting ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) 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.



Kurt Lancaster
Kurt Lancaster

Kurt Lancaster (Multimedia/Video – ieiMedia Fellow) is the author of DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video (Focal Press, 2011) and Video Journalism for the Web: A Practical Introduction to Documentary Storytelling (Routledge, 2012). He teaches digital filmmaking and multimedia journalism at Northern Arizona University’s School of Communication. His documentary work has appeared at national and international film festivals, as well as in the Pulitzer Prize winning paper, The Christian Science Monitor, where he formerly worked as a consultant training print reporters to shoot video. Kurt earned his Ph.D. in performance studies from New York University. He taught video in Istanbul in 2013.



Lori Listopad
Lori Listopad

Lori Listopad (Broadcast/On-Air – ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) 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

Steven Listopad (Multimedia – ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) is an assistant professor of converged media and the director of the Kurt Schork Student Media Center at the University of Jamestown, in Jamestown, N.D. Listopad was muliti-media adviser of the year from College Media Association and his coverged student media center was a finalist in North Dakota’s annual professional entrepreneurial competition, InnovateND. Listopad serves as vice-president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation. Prior to higher education, Listopad reported for a daily newspaper, a military newspaper and he was a reporter and editor for the High Plains Reader, an alternative weekly in Fargo, N.D. While in Los Angeles, Listopad worked for New Line Cinema in post-production and international publicity, and as a talent assistant at Abrams Artists Agency. He has experience teaching journalism and communication students abroad in China. He taught in Nice, France in 2014.



Greg Luft
Greg Luft

Greg Luft (Photography/Video – ieiMedia Fellow) chairs the Journalism and Technical 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 2014.



Kimberley Lynne
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

Bob Marshall (Reporting – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is the veteran reporter, feature writer and columnist whose work at The Times-Picayune earned two Pulitzer Prizes. He was co-author of the series “Oceans of Trouble: Are the World’s Fisheries Doomed?” which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2006 Marshall’s investigations into the engineering missteps that led to the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina were among the stories for which the newspaper was honored with The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In 2007 Marshall was co-author of the series “Last Chance: The Fight to Save a Disappearing Coast,” about Louisiana’s coastal erosion problems, which won the 2007 John H. Oakes Prize for Environmental Reporting from Columbia University, and The National Academies of Sciences Communications Award for newspaper and magazine reporting. Today, Marshall covers environmental issues for The Lens, the New Orleans non-profit, nonpartisan public-interest newsroom dedicated to unique in-depth reporting projects. Marshall’s wide-ranging career has included covering professional and college sports, Olympics, and the outdoors beat, as well as working on special environmental projects. In addition to his newspaper work, Marshall’s professional credits include writing for Field & Stream Magazine, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure. He taught reporting in Cagli in 2008 and in Urbino in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He will return to Urbino in 2015.



Patti McCracken
Patti McCracken

Pattie McCracken (Reporting – ieiMedia Instructor) is a freelance journalist based in Central Europe. Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal and Smithsonian magazine, and she has a contract with Simon & Schuster to publish her first book next year. McCracken was a Knight International Press Fellow in 2005 and 1996. She has worked since 1999 as a journalism trainer and consultant throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, North Africa and Southeast Asia. She has developed curricula for undergraduate and post-graduate journalism programs, and was a charter faculty member of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in the Republic of Georgia. She was a senior project manager for the Netherlands-based European Journalism Centre, where she developed programs for Eastern Europe; in Ukraine, she led a free press seminar with the Dutch ambassador in 2005. Since 2011, she has been an adjunct professor at Webster University in Vienna, and she gives seminars in visual journalism at Danube University in Krems, Austria. In the U.S., she was a graphics editor with the Chicago Tribune and U.S. News & World Report in Washington. Patti was in Nice, France in 2014.



Ilene Prusher
Ilene Prusher

Ilene Prusher (International Reporting – ieiMedia Fellow) is a multi-genre writer based in Jerusalem, who 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 and covering the major conflicts of the past decade: Iraq and Afghanistan. She now teaches Reporting Conflict for NYU-Tel Aviv, runs creative writing workshops, covers Israeli Arabs and Palestinians for The Jerusalem Post, and writes Primigravida, a popular blog about motherhood. After graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1993, she started her career as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Later, she freelanced from the Middle East for Newsday, The New Republic, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Observer (UK). She was nominated by The Christian Science Monitor for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for ”What’s a Kidney Worth,” an investigative story on organ trafficking, and won the United Nations Correspondents’ Association (UNCA) Award in 1998 for several stories on Somalia. Her first novel, Baghdad Fixer, is due to be released in November 2012 by Halban Publishers in London. Prusher taught in Jerusalem in 2013 and 2014.



Robert Reeder
Robert Reeder

Robert A. Reeder (Photography – ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) is currently mentoring 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 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 staff photographer and assistant photo editor, before going on to help start the wildly successful Politico as photo editor/photographer before moving abroad. Since graduating college at Arizona State University he’s worked as a staff photographer 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. He taught in Urbino, Italy in 2014.



Cathy Shafran
Cathy Shafran, Jerusalem Program Director

Cathy Shafran (Reporting – ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) is a Special Lecturer at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan specializing in International Reporting and Broadcast Journalism. She has spent nearly 40 years working as a broadcast journalist somewhere in the world. Her reporting covered conflicts from the streets of Flint, Michigan, to battlefields in the Middle East. She reported on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as well as uprisings on the Israeli/Lebanese boarder. Her work included reports from across Israel as well as Gaza, Southern Lebanon and Egypt. She also worked for Canadian Television (CTV) during the Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. She has worked at the Jerusalem bureaus of ABC, CNN, Associated Press Television News, Britain’s ITN, and Canada’s CTV. Shafran worked as a general assignment reporter at an ABC television affiliate in Michigan for 25 years. She completed her Masters in Linguistics with research focusing on the semantics of the term ‘terrorism’ in news coverage. Her current focus in the classroom involves concentrations in story development, broadcast writing techniques and technological/multimedia adaptations for broadcast news stories. She directed the Jerusalem program in 2014.



Bruce Strong
Bruce Strong

Bruce Strong (Photography – ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) 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.



Scot Tucker
Scot Tucker

Scot Tucker (Photojournalism – ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) is a photographer and picture editor in San Francisco. He is the co-founder of SFBay.ca, a local news aggregation website covering news throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a lecturer in the journalism department at San Francisco State University, teaching photojournalism and multimedia, since 2005. He has worked as a staff photographer and picture editor for The Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, Napa Valley Register, San Mateo County Times and the San Francisco Examiner. He received a B.A. in journalism, and a master’s degree in instructional technology, from San Francisco State University.




Venise Wagner
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 in 2013 and 2014.



Joan Weber
Joan Weber

Joan Weber (ieiMedia Fellow) is an independent teaching artist, writer, college professor, dramaturg, actor and director in the Baltimore-Washington area. She has taught every age from pre-school through post-graduate. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Towson University where she teaches public school teachers at the Arts Integration Institute. She also trains undergraduate theatre majors on becoming teaching artists. She was on the faculty of Howard Community College for many years where she taught Arts Appreciation, Public Speaking and taught summers at the Rep Stage Summer Shakespeare Intensive. Joan was Education Director at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival where she created a Teen Performance Program as part of the theatre’s subscription season. She then became the first executive director for a Baltimore arts education partnership that was funded by the Ford Foundation as part of its Arts Integration and School Reform Initiative with 12 cities across the country. Currently, Joan directs the education division at Creativity & Associates (www.creativityandassociates.com) where she designs education programs for students and teachers that integrate theater into the school day through improvisation, acting, playwriting and speech. She is developing a Kids & Theater component to the Truancy Court Program at The University of Baltimore’s Center for Families, Children and the Courts. She is also working with CENTERSTAGE and Baltimore City Public Schools to develop an online playwriting curriculum for City Schools teachers and CENTERSTAGE’s Young Playwright’s Festival. She is a regular contributor to the Teaching Artist Journal ALT/Space, Edutopia and Americans for the Arts. Weber taught in Armagh in 2013 and 2014.



Steve Weiss
Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss (Video – ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) 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 Technical 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.



Susan West
Susan West

Susan West (Reporting/Writing – ieiMedia Fellow) is an award-winning writer and editor who launches and advises magazines and websites. 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. As a principal at West Gold Editorial consulting, she has launched magazines such as Dwell, trained online editors at websites such as BabyCenter, provided strategic guidance to publications from the New England Journal of Medicine to Acoustic Guitar, and conducted workshops for Cooking Light, Southern Accents, and many others. In 2009, she served as the founding editor of the travel magazine Afar, which last fall 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 for many years oversaw the magazine launch projects at the Stanford Professional Publishing Course. She directed the 2011, 2012 and 2014 magazine programs in Urbino. In 2013 she directed the app program in Urbino. She will return to Urbino in 2015.



Pawel Wyszomirski
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


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