Rick Rodriguez Named Carnegie Professor at Cronkite School

By: E&P Staff

Rick Rodriguez, former executive editor of the Sacramento Bee, was named Tuesday as the first Carnegie Professor specializing in Latino and transnational news coverage at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Rodriguez, who joined Cronkite’s faculty this past March, was named to the position as part of a curriculum enrichment component of the comprehensive Carnegie-Knight Journalism Initiative to improve journalism education at 12 universities nationwide. The Cronkite School will use their grant to create a journalism specialization on covering Latino communities and U.S.-Mexico transnational issues.

“The rapidly changing demographics of the nation represent an enormously important ? and complex ? story,” said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan in a statement. “Latinos are both the largest and fastest-growing minority group. Yet much of the news media coverage of Latinos and Latino-related issues is superficial and often polarizing. We believe there is a critical need to develop a cadre of young journalists who can draw on a deep reservoir of knowledge from multiple disciplines ? history, sociology, political science, economics, art, culture, religion, law ? to create powerful, sophisticated and insightful journalism about these increasingly important stories.”

“Rick is one of America?s leading newspaper editors, a champion of not only the kind of in-depth reporting that we want our students to produce, but a national leader on news diversity issues,” Callahan stated.

Prior to joining the Cronkite School’s faculty, Rodriguez was executive editor of the Sacramento Bee for nine years before resigning in October of 2007. He served as president of The American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2005 and was named one of America’s 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanics Business Magazine in 2006.

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