Our faculty bring a combination of industry expertise and academic accomplishment to the classroom, from The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Seattle Times, the San Jose Mercury News, Bloomberg News and The Associated Press.



Hearst Professor of Communication
Chair, Department of Communication
Director, Stanford Journalism Program
jayth [at] stanford [dot] edu

—A leader in the field of media economics, author of “All the News That’s Fit to Sell.”
—Helping to develop the field of computational journalism, especially through lowering the cost of
story discovery with better use of data and algorithms.
—Currently researching books on the market for investigative reporting and (with Fiona Morgan) the information lives of low-income individuals.
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R.B. Brenner
rbbrenner [at] stanford [dot] edu

—Held several top editing positions at The Washington Post, including Metro editor and Sunday editor, and guided the newspaper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008.
—Consultant for two journalism-themed films: “The Post” and “State of Play.”
—Began teaching at Stanford in 2010 after a three-decade career as a reporter and editor. Moved to Austin in 2014 to be a professor and the journalism school director at the University of Texas, before returning to Stanford in summer 2018.
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Professor Emeritus
glasser [at] stanford [dot] edu

—Author or editor of several books on the role of journalism in society, including, with James Ettema, “Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue.”
—Member and former chair of the board of directors of The Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation, which publishes Stanford’s student newspaper.
—Currently working on a book chapter (with Ph.D. and law school student Morgan Weiland) on the unfortunate divide between press ethics and press law.
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Professor of the Practice, Earth Systems
thayden [at] stanford [dot] edu

—Director of Stanford’s Master of Arts in Earth Systems, Environmental Communication Program.
—Co-editor of the “The Science Writers’ Handbook,” and a leading educator in communicating science and environmental topics in the public sphere.
—Over 15 years as a national-level science and environmental journalist and author, as a staffer at Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, and freelance for publications including National Geographic, Wired, Smithsonian and many others.
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Hearst Professional in Residence
gerim [at] stanford [dot] edu

—Emmy Award-winning serial innovator in photojournalism and visual storytelling, exploring new multimedia tools and ways of engaging audiences from print to web and mobile platforms.
—Producing a documentary, “The Cannon and the Flower” — the project website features audience engagement tools using photos submitted via Instagram and responses choreographed to Chopin.
—Recently judged multimedia for Pictures of the Year International and The White House Press Photographers Association contests, and juried both photojournalism and multimedia for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
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Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism
cephillips [at] stanford [dot] edu

—Expertise in storytelling with data, investigative reporting and editing, computational journalism tools and platforms.
—Worked at The Seattle Times for over a decade, where she twice worked on Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news coverage and twice was on teams that were Pulitzer finalists.
—Served for 10 years on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), including a term as IRE president.
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garyp1 [at] stanford [dot] edu

—Spent nearly two decades at at The Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, writing about sports, culture, politics, and serving on the AJC’s editorial board.
—His first book, “Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn” (1996), was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. His sixth and most recent nonfiction book, “The Last Pass,” (2018) about Bob Cousy, Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics dynasty was a New York Times Bestseller.
—National radio and TV appearances: The CBS Early Show, CNN Sunday Morning, ESPN’s SportsCenter, NFL Live, and Outside the Lines, the BBC World Service’s “Outlook” and NPR’s “Morning Edition,”
“All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.”
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Serdar Tumgoren
Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism
tumgoren [at] stanford [dot] edu

—Previously at The Associated Press, where he worked as a data journalist and lead news applications developer.
—Co-founder of OpenElections project, a volunteer effort to gather and standardize U.S. election data, and creator of datakit, a customizable tool to help journalists simplify and standardize their data analysis workflows.
—Teaches public affairs data journalism, programming for journalists and building news applications.
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Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication
fturner [at] stanford [dot] edu

—A historian focusing on media technology, Silicon Valley and American culture since World War II.
—Author of several books, including “From Counterculture to Cyberculture” and “The Democratic Surround.”
—Deeply interested in the mechanics of long-term cultural change, in the U.S. and abroad.
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wheaton [at] thefirstamendment [dot] org

—Founder and Senior Counsel at the First Amendment Project, the only public interest law firm in the nation exclusively devoted to protecting those who exercise their First Amendment rights.
—Also teaches Journalism Law & Ethics at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
—Awards/Recognitions: Attorney of the Year (Constitutional Law) by the California State Bar’s California Lawyer magazine; and by the Playboy Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists (Nor.Cal.) Freedom of Information Committee (twice), and the Ecology Law Quarterly at Berkeley Law School.
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Carlos Kelly McClatchy Visiting Lecturer
zacharia [at] stanford [dot] edu

—Former Washington Post foreign correspondent and diplomatic correspondent for Bloomberg News.
—Spent nearly two decades reporting on Israel and the Palestinians and the Middle East.
—Writes commentary for Slate.com, San Francisco Chronicle about foreign affairs and the media.
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Meet our staff:


Student Services Manager, Department of Communication
kwheeler [at] stanford [dot] edu

Program Administrator and Peninsula Press Managing Editor
mfederis [at] stanford [dot] edu

(Meet more Department of Communication Staff on COMM website.)