Sheila Coronel is new Columbia Journalism School academic dean

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Veteran journalist Sheila Coronel starts her tenure as the school's new dean of academic affairs on July 1

SHEILA CORONEL. The veteran Filipino journalist is Columbia School of Journalism's new dean of academic affairs. File photo from the Columbia Journalism School website

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran investigative journalist Sheila Coronel has been named the new Dean of Academic Affairs of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She assumes the post on July 1, 2014.

The announcement was made Tuesday, January 21, according to the website of the prestigious university. 

“I am honored and delighted to have this opportunity to serve as academic dean of a great institution,” said Coronel, the first Filipino to be appointed to the post.

“We are at a period of uncertainty, as well as tremendous possibility, for both journalism and journalism education. It’s an exciting time to be at a top-tier journalism school,” Coronel said. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism boasts of preparing journalists via a program that puts an emphasis on “academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry, and professional practice.”

Dean Steve Coll lauded Coronel’s contribution as well as her “deep commitment” to investigative reporting, data science, and global journalism, which he said, puts her in an ideal position toward the improvement of the journalism school.

“She has also established herself as a media leader through her service to groups working to advance investigative journalism worldwide and to protect reporters under pressure. I look forward to learning from her and supporting her new leadership role at Columbia,” Coll said.

Coronel will take over from Bill Grueskin, a former journalist who worked for 13 years at the Wall Street Journal. The university’s website said Grueskin oversaw the “most dramatic transformation of the journalism school’s curriculum in decades.” Students are given more flexibility in choosing from a menu of traditional journalism classes and new courses in data visualization, algorithms, long-form digital journalism and interactive news design.” 

Global recognition

Coronel, co-founder and former director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, joined the school’s faculty in 2006 as the Director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism.

Recognized globally for her investigative work, she also authored and edited a number of books, including “Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.” She won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2003, and Columbia University’s Presidential Teaching Award in 2011. 

Coronel obtained her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of the Philippines, and went on to complete her master’s degree in political sociology at the London School of Economics.

Columbia Journalism School was founded in 1912 by Joseph Pulitzer, the namesake of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. It offers Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. –

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