The Koeppel Fellowship in Journalism program brings outstanding journalists to Wesleyan to teach for a semester and participate in special events. The Fellows work closely with students and explore both the core values and forms of traditional print journalism and the broad opportunities available in new media. Courses offered by Koeppel Fellows are sponsored by the university's Writing Certificate and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

2017-18 Koeppel Fellows

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Past fellows

  • Richard Conniff

    Spring 2017

    WRCT 250K: Topics in Journalism: Writing, Wit, and the Natural World

    ABOUT THE FELLOW
    Richard Conniff, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, writes about behavior on two, four, six, and eight legs, plus the occasional slither. He has hunted for tarantulas in the Peruvian Amazon, tracked leopards with !Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert, and trekked the Himalayas of Bhutan in pursuit of tigers and the mythical migur. As a National Magazine Award-winning writer, he wrote the first account of the birth of poetry slams in a Chicago saloon, reported on social change in Ireland before the Celtic Tiger began to roar, and once drove in a demolition derby on his wedding anniversary. (He lost.) He is a past Guggenheim Fellow, has been a frequent commentator on NPR's Marketplace, and has written and presented television shows for National Geographic, the BBC, and other outlets. His latest book is House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth. His other books include The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth; Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals; The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide; and Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales from the Invertebrate World. He blogs at strangebehaviors.com and on twitter @RichardConniff.
  • Andrew Tran

    Spring 2017

    WRCT 250L: Topics in Journalism: Introduction to Data Journalism

    ABOUT THE FELLOW
    Andrew Tran is the data reporter for the Washington Post's rapid response investigative team. He was the senior data editor at TrendCT.org, an arm of the Connecticut Mirror. Prior to that, he was a data producer at the Boston Globe, where he contributed to the newsroom's Pulitzer Prize–award-winning coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and aftermath. He has worked in newsrooms in Virginia and Florida. He is a Metpro Fellow, a Chips Quinn Scholar, and a graduate of the University of Texas.
  • Steve Almond ’88

    Fall 2016

    WRCT 250J: Topics in Journalism: Literary Journalism

    ABOUT THE FELLOW
    Steve Almond spent eight years working as a critic and investigative reporter in El Paso and Miami. He is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Against Football and Candyfreak, which won the American Library Association Alex Award and was named the Booksense Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year. His books have been published in half a dozen foreign countries and translated into German, Dutch, Spanish, and Croatin. His short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mysteries, and the Pushcart Prize anthologies. His journalism, essays, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, GQ, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere. He is also the co-host of the New York Times podcast Dear Sugar Radio.
  • John Stoehr

    Spring 2016

    WRCT 250H: Topics in Journalism: Writing Op-Ed Pieces and Political Essays

    ABOUT THE FELLOW
    John Stoehr was the managing editor of the Washington Spectator, a national bulletin of news, politics, and public affairs. He is now a lecturer in political science at Yale, where he teaches a course on the classics of campaign reporting. He is a Fellow at the Yale Journalism Initiative and at Yale's Ezra Stiles College. He has written for the American ProspectAl Jazeera AmericaReutersColumbia Journalism ReviewNew Statesman, the Guardian, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among many others. In 2016, he was the Koeppel Fellow at Wesleyan University, where he taught a course on political reporting. From 2009 to 2012, he was the editor of the New Haven Advocate, the alternative newsweekly of the Elm City. He has been selected three times for the NEA’s Arts Journalism Institutes. In 2009, he received one of the Lilly Scholarships in Religion for Journalists.
  • Ariel Levy ’96

    Fall 2015

    WRCT 250G: Topics in Journalism: Literary Journalism

    ABOUT THE FELLOW

    Ariel Levy joined the New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008. Her subjects for the magazine have included the South African runner Caster Semenya, the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the swimmer Diana Nyad, and Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that brought down the Defense of Marriage Act. Levy received the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism for her piece, “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” which appears in the 2014 Best American Essays anthology; she has expanded the essay into a book, forthcoming in 2017. Her previous book, Female Chauvinist Pigs, was published in 2005. Levy was a Visiting Critic at the American Academy in Rome in 2012, and the Koeppel Fellow at Wesleyan University in 2015. Before joining the New Yorker, she was a contributing editor at New York for twelve years.

  • Vanessa Gezari

    Spring 2015

    WRCT 250E: Topics in Journalism: War Stories-Fact, Memory, & Imagination: Conflict Reporting & Literature of War

    ABOUT THE FELLOW

    Vanessa M. Gezari is the James Madison Visiting Professor on First Amendment Issues at Columbia University. Before coming to Columbia, she taught narrative nonfiction at the University of Michigan, and conflict reporting at Wesleyan University as a 2015 Koeppel Fellow. Since 2001, her reporting has taken her to four continents, nine countries, and many corners of the United States. On the eve of September 11, she left the U.S. to freelance in South Asia and spent the next three years reporting from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Sri Lanka, for the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere. Gezari went on to become a national writer for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times). She wrote a narrative account of a West Virginia mine collapse, explored the veracity of rape allegations against Duke lacrosse players long before the world had reason to doubt them, traveled the Gulf Coast to document the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and reported on terrorism, disaster, and resilience from Russia, England, Indonesia, and Liberia. 

  • Steven Greenhouse ’73, P’08

    Fall 2014

    WRCT 250F: Topics in Journalism: Journalism, Nonfiction Writing, and the Search for Truth

    ABOUT THE FELLOW
    Steven Greenhouse was a reporter for the New York Times for 31 years. He retired in late 2014, after spending his last 19 years as the New York Times labor and workplace reporter. In that position, he has written about wage trends, labor unions, immigrant workers, child labor, and major corporations’ treatment—and mistreatment—of their workers. He is the author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker. In 2014, he taught non fiction writing as a Koeppel Fellow at Wesleyan University. He is working on a new book about the past, present, and future of workers, labor unions, and worker advocacy in the United States.
  • Tracie McMillan

    Spring 2014

    WRCT 250D: Topics in Journalism: Writing (and Arguing) About Inequality: How to Make Your Case

    ABOUT THE FELLOW

    A working-class transplant from rural Michigan, Brooklyn-based writer Tracie McMillan has been covering America’s multiracial working class since the late 1990s. In 2012, she published her New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. That work mixes immersive reporting, undercover investigative techniques and “moving first-person narrative” (Wall Street Journal), and argues for thinking of fresh, healthy food as a public and social good—a stance that inspired the New York Times to call her “a voice the food world needs” and Rush Limbaugh to single her out as “overeducated,” an “authorette,” and a threat to freedom. In 2012, Whole Living magazine named her a “Food Visionary,” recognizing her numerous appearances on radio and television programs, which range from the liberal Rachel Maddow Show to the “tea-party favorite” Peter Schiff Show. She has written about food and class for a variety of news outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington PostNational Geographic, National Public Radio, Harper’s MagazineMother JonesSaveur, and Slate. In 2016, she became a staff blogger at the PlateNational Geographic‘s blog covering food issues.

    In 2013, The American Way of Eating was awarded the prestigious Sidney Hillman Prize for Book Journalism in recognition of her work’s commitment to the public interest, and a Books for a Better Life Award, a publishing industry touchstone which recognizes excellence in books that carry uplifting messages. Her book was also a finalist for a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award, an International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Matters award, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and a James Beard Journalism Award (considered “the Oscars of the food world”). In the same year, McMillan won a James Beard Journalism Award for a feature on farm labor she wrote for the American Prospect.

    McMillan is also a sought-after lecturer, speaking across the country about her work and the topics it covers, from farm labor to cooking, America’s growing class divide to eating on a budget. She has spoken at the prestigious Chautauqua Institution, Seattle Town Hall, the UC Berkeley Sustainable Food Systems Institute Inaugural Symposium, the Monadnock Lyceum, and ExpoWest, one of the nation’s largest trade shows.  The American Way of Eating has also been chosen for numerous community- and campus-wide common reads, including those at Texas A&M University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the Kalamazoo Public Library, among others. The book is taught at universities across the country in a range of disciplines, (including a history course focused on neoliberalism).

    In 2013, she was named a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan, a year after she was named a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. She has taught journalism at Wesleyan University as a Koeppel Journalism Fellow and currently serves on the awards committee for the James Beard Journalism Awards.

  • Barbara Roessner ’75, P’15

    Spring 2013

    WRCT 266: Topics in Journalism: Techniques in Narrative Journalism

    ABOUT THE FELLOW

    Barbara Roessner was named executive editor of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group in August 2012, overseeing the editorial operations and content of Hearst’s four daily and seven weekly newspapers and websites in Fairfield County. Roessner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor, and a former columnist, political reporter, and writing coach who spent the bulk of her career at the Hartford Courant. In 2004, she was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where she studied visual art and became a painter. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she majored in ancient Greek and Latin. In 2005, Wesleyan honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award for her journalistic leadership.

  • Martha Raddatz

    Spring 2012

    WRCT 262: Topics in Journalism: Foreign Affairs

    ABOUT THE FELLOW

    Martha Raddatz is ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She has covered national security, foreign policy and politics for decades—reporting from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and conflict zones around the world.

    She began covering war during the crisis in Bosnia in the late 1990s, but it is Iraq and Afghanistan where she has spent most of her time overseas. Even during her stint as White House correspondent during President George W. Bush's administration, she continued to make regular trips into war-torn Iraq.

    Raddatz embedded with U.S. forces during dozens of trips abroad, from the sands of Al Anbar province to the mountains of the Hindu Kush. She is the only television reporter allowed to fly in an F-15 fighter jet on combat missions over Afghanistan, spending nearly 10 hours in the air on two separate missions. In 2011, she reported exclusive details on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. That same year she was one of the few reporters on the last major convoy out of Iraq. She also had an exclusive interview on the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Libya with the Marines who helped rescue two American pilots who had gone down in Libya. In 2012, Raddatz was on a U.S. destroyer as it made its way through the Strait of Hormuz. Raddatz reported exclusively from the USS George H.W. Bush covering the airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq in 2014, and again in March 2016 from the USS Truman. In 2015, she was granted exclusive access to the anti-ISIS command center at an undisclosed location in the Middle East, and anchored This Week from an air base from which drone warfare is conducted.

    In addition, her reporting trips have taken her to Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, Libya, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and numerous countries in Africa and Asia.

    In October 2012, Raddatz moderated the only vice presidential debate between Congressman Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Bidan, which covered both domestic and foreign topics. Post-debate Raddatz received an outpouring of praise for asking pointed questions on a range of issues while asserting control over the conversation. She received the Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in political journalism with a special commendation for debate moderation. During the 2016 election season, Raddatz co-moderated Democratic and Republican primary presidential debates on ABC, for which she once again received praise for her moderating skills.

    From 1993 to 1998 Raddatz was the Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Prior to joining NPR in 1993, she was the Chief Correspondent at the ABC News Boston affiliate WCVB-TV. In addition to covering several Presidential campaigns, she reported from the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines, and Europe. In 2012, Raddatz received the First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) for excellence in journalism, as well as the prestigious Fred Friendly First Amendment Award. She received five Emmy Awards, including an Emmy for being on the team covering the inauguration of Barack Obama, the attacks of September 11th, and the killing of Osama Bin Laden. She was also the recipient of the 2007 International Urbino Press Award, the 2005 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Journalists Association, and a 1996 Overseas Press Club Award for her live coverage of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. In 2007, the White House Correspondents' Association awarded her the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in Presidential news coverage under deadline pressure.

    Raddatz is the author of The Long Road Home—a Story of War and Family, a highly acclaimed book about a battle in Iraq that made both the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists. The Washington Post described the book as "a masterpiece of literary non-fiction that rivals any war-related classic that has preceded it."

  • Lawrence Roberts P’11

    Spring 2012

    WRCT 261: Topics in Journalism: Disruption, Truth, and the Future of News

    ABOUT THE FELLOW

    Lawrence Roberts is a Washington, D.C. journalist who has worked in newspapers and online news for more than 30 years. Now a senior editor with the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica, he was formerly business editor and investigations editor of the Washington Post, executive editor of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, editor-at-large at Bloomberg News and projects editor of the Hartford Courant.

    In print journalism, Roberts has been a leader on teams that have been honored with three Pulitzer Prizes. At the Courant, he directed an investigation into how the Hubble Space Telescope was launched with a flaw, which won that paper its first Pulitzer. At the Post, where he worked for 14 years, he was co-editor of a series on the vice presidency of Dick Cheney, which won the Pulitzer for national reporting; a series on the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, which won the Pulitzer for investigative reporting; and a probe of federal farm subsidies that was a finalist for the Pulitzer gold medal for public service. As Post business editor, he directed an investigation of AOL that led to a federal probe and $3 billion in fines and settlements. The project won the Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism.

    Roberts also has extensive experience in the transformation of news on the Internet. He originally joined the Post in 1995 as part of the group that launched the paper’s website. In 2009, he left the Post to become executive editor of a nonprofit online venture, the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, which was supported by philanthropy and produced watchdog journalism in words and video. During the 1980s, Roberts was a reporter and bureau chief for United Press International in Barcelona and Madrid during Spain’s return to democracy after the Franco years. He began his career as a reporter in Seattle, where he helped start an alternative weekly newspaper and, among other events, covered the eruption of Mount St. Helens.

    Roberts earned a B.A. in political science from Franconia College, an experimental school in New Hampshire. He and his family live in Maryland.

  • Jane Eisner ’77, P’06, ’12

    Spring 2011

    WRCT 258: The Journalist as Citizen

    ABOUT THE FELLOW

    Jane Eisner is the Editor-in-Chief of the Forward, the first woman to hold that position at America’s foremost national Jewish news organization. Online and in print, the Forward is the authoritative source of news, opinion, arts and culture in the Jewish world.  Since Eisner joined the Forward in 2008, the publication has won numerous regional and national awards and her editorials have been repeatedly honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and other media groups. Prior to her work with the Forward, Eisner held executive editorial and news positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, including stints as editorial page editor, syndicated columnist, City Hall bureau chief and foreign correspondent.  She served as vice president of the National Constitution Center from 2006 to 2008 and has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania. Eisner is currently a senior fellow at Penn’s Program for Research and Religion on Urban Civil Society and a member of the Common Ground for the Common Good project. She is also chair of the board of the Student Press Law Center and author of Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in our Democracy, published by Beacon Press. Eisner is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Columbia School of Journalism and was a fellow of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College in its inaugural year. She lives in New York City with her husband, Dr. Mark Berger.

  • Jane Eisner ’77, P’06, ’12

    Spring 2010

    GOV 190: The Journalist as Citizen

    ABOUT THE FELLOW

    Jane Eisner is the Editor-in-Chief of the Forward, the first woman to hold that position at America’s foremost national Jewish news organization. Online and in print, the Forward is the authoritative source of news, opinion, arts and culture in the Jewish world.  Since Eisner joined the Forward in 2008, the publication has won numerous regional and national awards and her editorials have been repeatedly honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and other media groups. Prior to her work with the Forward, Eisner held executive editorial and news positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, including stints as editorial page editor, syndicated columnist, City Hall bureau chief and foreign correspondent.  She served as vice president of the National Constitution Center from 2006 to 2008 and has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania. Eisner is currently a senior fellow at Penn’s Program for Research and Religion on Urban Civil Society and a member of the Common Ground for the Common Good project. She is also chair of the board of the Student Press Law Center and author of Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in our Democracy, published by Beacon Press. Eisner is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Columbia School of Journalism and was a fellow of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College in its inaugural year. She lives in New York City with her husband, Dr. Mark Berger.