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August 10, 2005


Returns to Alma Mater to Teach in Political Science, Media and Communications Arts Departments

NEW YORK, August 10, 2005 – David Diaz, an award-winning broadcast journalist who spent 27 years covering major stories for two of New York’s biggest television stations, has joined the faculty of The City College of New York (CCNY) as a Distinguished Lecturer, the College announced today.  Mr. Diaz, a member of the CCNY Class of 1965 who was with WCBS-TV until March, will return to his alma mater beginning in the Fall 2005 semester to teach in the Political Science and Media and Communications Arts Departments.

“It is a terrific opportunity for The City College to be able to add someone with David Diaz’ background to our teaching faculty,” said Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York.  “He has extraordinary insight into the political process and the role of the media locally and nationally.  Not only does he have a Masters degree from the Columbia School of Journalism, but he has completed the coursework for a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center giving him a substantial academic background in political science, as well.”

For the Fall 2005 semester, Mr. Diaz, will teach an undergraduate course on Mass Media and Politics.  He and his students will examine how the media impacts political institutions and political players and how it shapes public opinion and influences public policy.  In addition, he will participate in public policy seminars and serve a guest lecturer in journalism, advertising, public relations and film classes.  In the future, he plans to teach courses in television reporting and political reporting, as well.

“I’m truly looking forward to returning to my alma mater and to resuming my academic career,” said Mr. Diaz, who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York.  “Teaching offers me an opportunity to step back from what I’ve been doing and examine how what I did for a living relates to academic and theoretical concepts about what media is, how it operates and its impact on people’s perceptions and behavior.”

David Diaz had been a fixture in New York television news since 1978, when he joined WNBC-TV as a reporter and anchor.  In 1993, he moved to WCBS-TV, where he was a senior correspondent and anchor.  During his career he frequently covered city government including Mayors Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, as well as scores of election campaigns and public policy battles.  Major national stories he covered include 9/11 (World Trade Center terrorist attack), the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, the 2000 Presidential election recount and the O.J. Simpson murder trial. 

Before becoming a television reporter, he spent five years on the Brooklyn College faculty (1970 – 1975) teaching an introductory class in social sciences and serving as Director of Field Studies for the School of Contemporary Studies.  He also served as administrator of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center from 1975 to 1976.  Earlier, he was city editor for Community New Services, where he helped train minority journalists.  He began his career in 1967 as an urban affairs reporter with the Louisville (Ky.) Times.

Mr. Diaz received a B.A. in philosophy from The City College of New York in 1965 and subsequently did graduate work in that subject at The New School.  In 1967, he earned an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  In addition, he completed all but dissertation toward a Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York.

During his career, he received five Emmy Awards, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards and an Associated Press Award.  In addition, he received the President’s Medal from Brooklyn College 1987 and the Townsend Harris Medal from the Alumni Association of The City College of New York in 1993.  He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1965 and is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow (1965 – 1966) and a Columbia University International Fellow (1966 – 1967).

Mr. Diaz is one of several City College alumni who have made their mark on New York City journalism.  Others include: Stephen B. Shepard, former editor of Business Week and the first dean of the new CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Michael Oreskes, former deputy managing editor of The New York Times, now executive editor of the International Herald Tribune; Joseph Berger, senior metro reporter for The Times, and Barbara Nevins-Taylor, investigative reporter at WWOR-TV.

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