Introduction to Journalism Class at The City College of New York Spring 2020

Faculty Profiles

Our location in New York City helps CCNY attract passionate, diverse and experienced faculty members who continue to work in their fields. Our professors, full-time and adjunct, have wide experience in newspapers, magazines, digital, television, radio and podcasting. They've worked as reporters, editors, producers and writers for news organizations that include The New York Times, New York Daily News, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, CBS-2, FOX5, UPN9, Spectrum News New York 1 CNBC, BET, WNYC Public Radio, Science Magazine, The Haitian Times,, Essence, Vice The Source, Vibe, Salon, theRoot and The Guardian and


LINDA VILLAROSA (above, wearing glasses, with student editors) has run the journalism program and advises students and acts as faculty advisor to The Campus. She is a New York Times Magazine contributing writer and her latest story, 'A Terrible Price': The Deadly Disparities of Covid-19 in America, put the spotlight on the high number of African American deaths in New Orleans and throughout the country. Her story "America's Hidden HIV Epidemic" appeared on the cover in June 2017. Her story "Why America's Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis" ran in April 2018. Professor Villarosa was also the health editor of the New York Times and served as the executive editor of Essence Magazine. She has written or co-written a number of books, as well as a novel and is currently working on a book about inequality, race and health for Doubleday. You can read more about her career here

She graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Journalism. Professor Villarosa spent a year at the Harvard School of Public Health on a Health Communications Fellowship. In 2013, she graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, with a concentration in multimedia and entrepreneurial journalism and urban reporting. While in graduate school, she developed Harlem Focus, an award-winning website that gives students hands-on training in multimedia journalism.

She teaches Introduction to Journalism, Reporting and Writing and Race and Media.

Office: Shepard Hall room 463, Phone: 212-650-5499, Email:



Barbara Nevins Taylor and the Spring 2020 Introduction to Journalism Class at the Associated Press

BARBARA NEVINS TAYLOR is the Acting Journalism Program Director. She in the middle with her students at The Associated Press.  Professor Nevins Taylor teaches Introduction to Journalism and TV Reporting, advises students and oversees HarlemView. The online publication is a showcase for student reporting and writing. 

Her investigative reporting at TV stations in New York, Atlanta, Kentucky and Alabama earned 22 Emmy Awards and more than 50 journalism awards and honors. Nevins Taylor graduated from The City College (1970) and loves sharing what she learned as a journalist with students.

During her TV career Nevins Taylor pursued stories that made a difference in the lives of individuals and the community. Her reports earned praise, generated government action and helped send wrongdoers to prison. Long before the most recent financial crisis, Barbara exposed flaws in the mortgage lending and banking systems that led poor people into financial ruin.

On, which she founded in 2012, Nevins Taylor uses the latest digital storytelling techniques to serve a growing audience that needs reliable information about complicated issues.

Nevins Taylor has contributed to The New York Times Op-Ed page, writing about criminal justice, foster care and young people in New York City. Her writing has also focused on concerns of parents and women and has appeared in national magazines. Her book Beautiful Skin of Color, with doctors Jeanine Downie and Fran Cook-Bolden, published by ReganBooks, evolved from her television reports.

CCNY Alumni awarded her the prestigious Townsend Harris medal for career achievement and she is also in the Communications Alumni Group’s Hall of Fame. She wants her students to get there, too.



Garry Pierre-Pierre honored by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY

Garry Pierre Pierre  in the photo above he is being honored at by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media. Professor Pierre-Pierre is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, multi-media and entrepreneurial journalist. He is a senior producer  on CUNY TV’s DiverseCity. Professor Pierre-Pierre is the co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the Craig Newman Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. He is also the founder of The Haitian Times, and spent six years as a staff reporter at the New York Times. A native of Haiti, Pierre-Pierre is the author of “30 Seconds:The Quake that destroyed Haiti”, a book of photography that illustrates the wreckage of the January 2010 earthquake.


Leonard Greene

Leonard Greene, a Brooklyn native, works as a columnist for the New York Daily News and has reported fo all three New York tabloids. At the Daily News he writes breaking news articles and commentary as a member of the newly-formed investigative Strike Team. This comes after column and news writing assignments at the New York Post, where he covered the election and inauguration of President Barack Obama, and went overseas to cover the war in Iraq.

Before that, Greene was a political writer covering City Hall during the Rudy Giuliani administration for Newsday, where he also revived the popular “In the Subways” column. Greene has also been a full-time columnist at the Boston Herald and an education writer at the San Francisco Chronicle after stints at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City and the Middletown Times Herald-Record. He won First Place in 2018 and 2019 column-writing from N.Y. State Associated Press Association and First-place 2008 and 2010 for  commentary from N.Y. Association of Black Journalists., New York Post's 2003 Publisher's Award for reporting in Iraq and is a Member, National Association of Black Journalists.

Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen is a contributing writer for The Nation. She is also a contributing editor at Dissent magazine, a contributing writer at In These Times, and a co-producer of Asia Pacific Forum podcast and Dissent’s Belabored podcast. She studied history at the City University of New York Graduate Center.


Camille Peterson Audio Journalist

Camille Peterson teaches audio journalism including radio journalism and podcasting. She has developed several new, long-form podcasts and shaped the coronavirus coverage of a daily news podcast at NPR.

She has covered business, tech, and healthcare for NPR, Marketplace, and WHYY. During the pandemic she has reported on small businesses and restaurants in New York City. She graduated from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. 


David Brancaccio will teach Journalism and Society: Covering Power in Fall 2021. He is the host of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report. Marketplace is the most popular business program on radio, TV, print or digital in the United States.

Brancaccio was Marketplace's European correspondent based in London, and hosted Marketplace’s evening program from 1993 to 2003.  He co-anchored the public television news magazine program NOW with journalist Bill Moyers from 2003 to 2005, before taking over as the program's solo anchor in 2005 where he won a national Emmy. Other awards include the Peabody, the DuPont-Columbia, and the Cronkite. His feature-length documentary film, Fixing the Future, appeared in theaters nationwide in 2012. His series about automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace, Robot-Proof Jobs, won the 2018 Gerald Loeb Award for business and financial journalism.  His other audio documentaries for Marketplace include Brains and Losses: The Bottom Line on Aging and Financial Vulnerability (2019) and  The Economy Reimagined” (2020). Brancaccio has a BA from Wesleyan University (African Studies and History, 1982) and an MA from Stanford University (Journalism, 1988).  He is author of the book Squandering Aimlessly, an exploration of how Americans apply their personal values to their money. David grew up in Maine and is married to Mary Brancaccio, an educator and poet. They have three adult children.  He is an avid bicyclist and photographer.

David Brancaccio


ANGELA HARDEN (with student producers) is the General Manager/Program Director of WHCR 90.3 FM and teaches Radio Journalism and Supervised Radio Station Study.

She is a resident of Harlem and a summa cum laude graduate of the City College of New York with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After graduation, Harden worked for five years in print journalism for Unfold magazine, Honey magazine and the web-based magazine, Urban Box Office.   

Harden been an adjunct in the Media Communication Arts department since 2000. Her teaching style utilizes WHCR as a learning laboratory which gives students hands-on radio experience. In her Radio Journalism class students are required to produce a live show─ Uptown Focus and many have gone on to produce their own radio shows.

Office: North Academic Center 1/513, Phone: 212-650-7147, Email: