Bob Steele is the Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values. He advises journalists and media leaders across the country on ethical dilemmas and leadership challenges. He joined Poynter’s faculty in 1989 and led the Institute’s ethics program for many years. He taught hundreds of Poynter workshops and thousands of journalists. He also led ethics and values sessions for nearly one hundred news organizations across the country.
In 2008 he joined the faculty at his undergraduate alma mater, DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where he is a Distinguished Professor of Journalism Ethics. He also is the Phyllis W. Nicholas Endowed Director of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw.
Steele has written dozens of articles and essays for Poynter Online over the years, and he has written articles, case studies and handbooks for The American Society of Newspaper Editors, The Radio-Television News Directors Association, The Society of Professional Journalists and other professional organizations.
His professional background includes ten years as a local television reporter, executive news producer and news director. In addition to his degree in economics from DePauw, he earned his masters degree from Syracuse University and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa writing his dissertation on journalism ethics. He also was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Journalism from DePauw in 2007 and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Emerson College in 2006.
In 2010, the Society of Professional Journalists honored Bob Steele as a Fellow of the Society, the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession.