Recent Visiting Faculty

Emmanuel Vincent

Project Scientist, University of California, Merced; Founder,

Emmanuel M.

Vanessa Schipani

Science Writer,

Vanessa Schipani is a science journalist and philosopher of science. As an undergraduate at the University of Florida, she double-majored in zoology and philosophy, while taking creative writing classes on the side. During college, she worked as a research assistant in various fields within biology. Since graduating in 2008, she’s written and photographed for publications such as The American Scholar, The Scientist, EARTH, EuroScientist and BioScience. In 2017, she finished an M.S. in the History and Philosophy of Science from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

John Bohannon

Contributing Correspondent, Science

John Bohannon is a Science contributing correspondent and writes for Wired and other magazines. His stories range from civilian casualties in Afghanistan, where he embedded with NATO forces in 2010, to the first experimental test of people’s ability to distinguish paté from dog food. He runs the annual “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest. He has a doctorate in molecular biology from Oxford University.

Patty Michalski

Senior Director, Digital Audience Development, USA TODAY NETWORK

Patty Michalski is senior director of digital audience development for USA TODAY NETWORK and executive editor of digital for USA TODAY. Previously, Michalski was USA TODAY’s managing editor for mobile and social and oversaw much of its push to more quickly deliver its content online and on social media channels.

Amy Mitchell

Director, Journalism Research, Pew Research Center

Amy Mitchell is director of journalism research at Pew Research Center. She is responsible for the center’s research related to news and information, including how the public accesses, engages with and creates news, what news organizations are providing and how technology is changing all of these elements.

Signature reports include the annual State of the News Media report and Political Polarization and Media Habits, as well as continued study into the role of social media and news and the emerging segment of nonprofit journalism.

David Folkenflik

Media Correspondent, NPR News

David Folkenflik is NPR’s media correspondent based in New York City. His stories and analyses are broadcast on the network’s newsmagazines, such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Here & Now, and are featured on NPR’s website and mobile platforms.

Folkenflik’s reports cast light on the stories of our age, the figures who shape journalism and the tectonic shifts affecting the news industry.

Dylan Byers

senior media reporter, CNN Media and CNN Politics

Dylan Byers is a senior media reporter for CNN Media and CNN Politics.

He was previously a media reporter for Politico, and media and tech reporter at Adweek. Byers served as a research assistant to Philip Gourevitch, George Packer and Jane Kramer. He graduated from Bard College in 2008 and lives in Los Angeles.

Janis Ware

Publisher, The Atlanta Voice

Janis Ware is a University of Georgia Business School graduate whose career has been steadfast in completing her father’s life long interest in publishing and community development. She has fulfilled her father’s vision by continuing the tradition of the Atlanta Voice as the unchallenged leader; the foremost provider of news and pertinent information to Atlanta’s African American community.

Sam Stewart

Journalist and Media Technologist

Sam (Samaruddin) Stewart is a journalist and media technologist based in California. He currently trains journalists on how to best use Google tools for storytelling with the SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Lab. Prior, he was a Knight Foundation grantee for his work in verification of user-generated content for journalism and was also a Stanford University Knight Journalism Fellow. His prior work includes managing and editing roles at AOL News, Agence France-Presse, The Arizona Republic, and the U.S. Department of State.

Bill Celis

Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Strategic Initiatives; Associate Professor; USC

Bill Celis, an award-winning teacher and author, is a former education correspondent for The New York Times and a former reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal.