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Release date: April 27, 2001
Contact: Nancy Seideman, Director, 404-727-0640, or nseidem@emory.edu

Emory Selects Author/Former New York Times Reporter Catherine Manegold As Cox Professor of Journalism

Catherine Manegold, a long-time New York Times correspondent and author of the book "In Glory's Shadow," has been selected as Emory University's James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism following a national search.

"We are immensely proud of the James M. Cox Jr. Professorship in journalism, which has quickly taken its place alongside the most prestigious chairs in the country," says Emory College Dean Steven Sanderson. "Catherine Manegold, with her record of teaching, reporting and non-fiction writing, is an excellent appointment, and we are confident that she'll make a great contribution to the program."

A seven-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, Manegold was a correspondent with The New York Times from 1992-99, where her assignments included coverage of Shannon Faulkner's lawsuit against The Citadel in 1995, the basis of "In Glory's Shadow." Prior to her career at the Times, Manegold was a foreign correspondent for Newsweek and The Philadelphia Inquirer, the latter as Southeast bureau chief.

Manegold is a recipient of a Pulitzer Prize team award for her New York Times coverage of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and an Overseas Press Club Award for her Newsweek coverage of the Gulf War.

"I have a tremendous passion for this field and I trust that in sharing it with students I'll be able to help them frame the way they approach journalism both as practitioners and as consumers of news. For me, it's a wonderful transition in a very rich career," says Manegold. She plans to work closely with Emory Journalism Program Director Sheila Tefft in shaping the direction of the program. Manegold will teach courses in journalism ethics and the history of journalism in the fall.

"I feel strongly that journalism is a truly necessary component of a healthy democracy," says Manegold. "At this point in our history, journalism is looked at without respect, often with outright disdain. But it's a tremendous resource and one that we can not take for granted. I want to show these students what a fundamental role great journalism can play in the broader cultural dialogue."

"In my own career I started at a paper with a circulation of 6,000 and worked last at The New York Times, so I have a real appreciation for the whole sweep of the field. Different as they are, each of these outlets has an important role in helping to create an educated, thoughtful and informed society. The more students understand that role and the more that they respect the power of it, the better off the profession will be."

Manegold feels Atlanta is a great environment for the program because of the issues affecting the metro area. "Explosive growth, immigration and a changing population are exciting and complicated issues and pressures that are important for students to explore. Emory is fortunate to be part of such a vibrant city and I myself am looking forward to exploring and becoming part of that broader community."

Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies, endowed the professorship named after the former Ohio governor and presidential candidate, James M. Cox, who founded the company in 1898. The company's media holdings include newspapers, television and radio stations, and broadband and cable television services across the country.

"Cox has been very pleased with the journalism program at Emory. It has attracted some of the best and brightest students at the university," says David Easterly, president of Cox Enterprises. "This program provides basic journalism skills for students who are majoring in a wide range of disciplines. That promises ever greater balance and intellectual diversity for the news business."

"Catherine Manegold's strong grounding in real life reporting and editing is just the right ticket for her to guide this fine program. We'll continue to provide support to Emory and to Ms. Manegold in every way we can," says Easterly.

The Emory journalism program currently consists of 60 students who either co-major or minor in journalism studies and pursue degrees in fields such as economics, business, the sciences, international studies and religion. In addition, students take courses in reporting and writing, communications law and media ethics in anticipation of advancing their skills in professional internships.

Throughout the year, students are placed in internships in print and broadcast outlets around the United States. A South Africa internship program is among the specialized elective courses available to journalism students.


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