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SOC Journalism Adjunct-Faculty

  1. Christopher Adams, Adjunct Instructor

    Christopher Adams is an adjunct professor of Journalism. He is an investigative editor and reporter in the McClatchy Washington Bureau, working on national investigations for all of the company’s papers. He has previously worked for the Wall Street J… More

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  2. Melanie Bender, Adjunct Instructor

    Melanie Bender is an adjunct professor of Journalism. She is the current Production Editor at The Washingtonian and has worked as a content producer at Atlantic Media Company (Government Executive Magazine), a web producer at Stars and Stripes, and a… More

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  3. Richard Benedetto, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Richard Benedetto is an adjunct professor of Journalism. He is a retired White House correspondent and columnist for USA Today and political columnist for Gannett News Service. He began teaching at AU in 2006. He reported on local, state and national… More

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  4. Jonathan Davenport, Adjunct Instructor

  5. Ronald Elving, Adjunct Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

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  6. Patrick Gavin, Adjunct Instructor

    Patrick Gavin has covered politics in Washington for a decade, beginning at the Brookings Institution, then at the Washington Examiner, then at’s FishbowlDC website and, most recently, at Politico. He is now a documentary filmmaker, h… More

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  7. Matt Glassman, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Matt Glassman (SOC '92) is an adjunct professor of Journalism. He serves as Assistant News Director for NBC4 News, NBC's owned station in Washington, DC. Matt joined News4 as an Assignment Editor in January 2000.

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  8. Barry Gordemer, Adjunct Instructor

    Barry Gordemer is an adjunct professor of journalism. In his spare time he’s an award-winning senior producer for NPR. He has helped produce coverage of two Persian Gulf wars, a fist full of presidential elections, the Sept. 11 attacks and Hurricane … More

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  9. Jack Gruber, Adjunct Instructor

  10. Douglas Hecox, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Doug Hecox is an adjunct professor of Journalism. From his work in Congress, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Transportation and the Treasury, and years of writing books, speeches, newspaper columns, magazine articles and press releases, Hecox balanc… More

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  11. Donald Markus, Adjunct Instructor

    Don Markus is an adjunct professor of Journalism. He has been teaching in the SOC for the past seven years. A sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun since 1985, Markus has taught Sports Journalism since 2005, first in a team situation with Dr. Joseph Cam… More

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  12. Vandana Mathur, Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Vandana Mathur is an adjunct professor of Journalism. An alumni of American University's School of Communications, she has  been a journalist in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 20 years. She started out her career in journalism as an editor … More

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  13. Mark McDonald, Adjunct Instructor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Mark is the Broadcast Journalist in Residence in the School of Communication, where for seven years he has taught reporting, management and multi-media skills to undergraduates and graduate students. Mark is also the Program Director at WAMU 88.5 whi… More

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  14. Saverio Meddis, Adjunct Instructor

    Sam Meddis has taught courses on digital skills and documentary video production in the School of Communication. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University, where he teaches history of world cinema in the College of Visual and Perform… More

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  15. Steve Piacente, Adjunct Associate Professor

    Steve Piacente is an adjunct professor of Journalism and serves as creative director at The Communication Center, a Washington, D.C. firm that specializes in media and presentation training. Previously, he served as deputy communications director at … More

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  16. Robert Roberts, Adjunct Instructor

    Rob Roberts is the Director of Digital Strategy for the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to joining Energy, Rob worked in a number of digital roles throughout government, academia and journalism, including positions in the White House Office of Digit… More

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  17. Jan Schaffer, Entrepreneur in Residence

    SOC - J-Lab

    As SOC's Entrepreneur in Residence, Jan Schaffer helped to launch the school's MA in Media Entrepreneurship program for working professionals. She teaches MAME's Seminar in Media Entrepreneurship. She is also executive director of J-Lab: The Institut… More

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    (202) 885-8100

  18. Kathleen Tremmel, Adjunct Instructor

    Kathy Tremmel began her educational journey later in life, getting her AA at Iowa Western Community College in 2003. She was the Public Relations Officer of Phi Theta Kappa and also on the USA Today All-American Academic team. She got a BS in Journa… More

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  19. Brett Zongker, Adjunct Instructor

    Brett Zongker is an adjunct professor at AU and a staff writer for The Associated Press. He covers the arts, culture, entertainment and nonprofits based in Washington. Zongker has written features and investigative stories about the Smithsonian and a… More

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