Istanbul Faculty


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 2014.


Steve Anderson
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 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 teach video in Istanbul 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.



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.



Jack Zibluk
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 will teach in Istanbul in 2015.


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The experience of overseas reporting at a small renaissance Italian town like Urbino, has been exhilarating. Experiencing its sights and sounds, gaining new journalistic skills and working with local translators. What more can one ask for?
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