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


BARBARA NEVINS TAYLOR , Distinguished Lecturer is the Journalism Program Director. She is in the middle with her students at the Associated Press in March 2020, just before the pandemic sent us to online classes.  Professor Nevins Taylor teaches Introduction to Journalism and TV/Video Journalism. She also happily advises students and oversees HarlemView an online publication that showcases  student reporting, writing, photography, video and podcasts.

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


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. Professor BNT also advises student publications when they ask. 

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Linda Villarosa, Journalist, writer and professor


LINDA VILLAROSA. journalist, writer and social observer, teaches Introduction to Journalism. She is a New York Times Magazine contributing writer. Her stories focuses on health, environmental and economic disparities in communities of color. They include: "Pollution is Killing Black Americans. This Community Fought Back,"  "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. She is an advisor to The CampusYou 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. Harlem Focus is now HarlemView

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Garry Pierre-Pierre, journalist and founder of The Haitian Times


Garry Pierre Pierre  is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, multi-media and entrepreneurial journalist and will teach Reporting & Writing during the spring 2022 semester.. 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.


David Brancaccio, Courtesy MarketPlace


David Brancaccio is the host of American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report. He 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.


Camille Petersen


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. 

Rajul Punjabi, Journalist and Educator



Rajul Punjabi  works as a health journalist and educator. Raj serves as senior editor at, where she writes and edits content tethered to the current culture and issues young people care about: health and wellness, social justice, race, identity, and gender. Both in the classroom and in her stories, she explores what it means to live well, examining disparities and empowering members of marginalized communities to tell their stories. At CCNY, she has the pleasure of teaching Reporting and Writing, as well as Race and the Media.



Isvett Verde, journalist and educator

Isvett Verde teaches Latinx Media studies. Her work as an editor and writer in the New York Times Opinion section focuses on the Latino experience in the United States. She has also written about avocado dyes, Florida farmers and Walter Mercado. She earned a BA in French from Florida International University, and an MA in Spanish Journalism from CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism. 

Keith Boykin


Keith Boykin is a CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. He will teach Race & Media during the spring 2022 semester.  His new book Race Against Time: the Politics of a Darkening America was published in September 2021. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and has taught at the Institute for African-American Studies at Columbia University and American University. Keith was a co-host of  the BET Network talk show "My Two Cents," and also starred on the Showtime reality TV series "American Candidate." He worked as an associate producer on the film "Dirty Laundry" and has appeared on a number of TV shows including BET's "Being Mary Jane."  Keith is a co-founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition and a Lambda Award-winning author. He was born in St. Louis and lives in Harlem. 

Leonard Greene, Daily News columnist, reporter and educator

Leonard Greene,  writes a column and covers breaking news for the Daily News and and has reported for all three New York tabloids. The Brooklyn native will teach Introduction to Journalism during the spring 2022 semester.  At the Daily News he is a member of the newly-formed investigative Strike Team.  Before joining the Daily News he wrote columns and covered news at the New York Post including the election and inauguration of President Barack Obama. He also went overseas to cover the war in Iraq.  

Before that, Greene was a political writer. He covered City Hall during the Rudy Giuliani administration for Newsday and  revived the popular “In the Subways” column. Greene was 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.


Woojin Lee


Woojin Lee is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist, and educator born and raised in Seoul, South Korea where she ran her own design studio.  Since moving to New York in 2006, Woojin has worked in the design and tech industries, participating in the art world and sharing her valuable experience with the academic community.

Her art practice and research use a mythological lens to reimagine corporate environments, characters, and objects within our rapidly changing, technologically driven world. The potential irony of non-productive action versus productive action and its relation to labor and the workplace have been important triggers in her work.

Selected awards include the 2020 Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award, 2019 AHL Foundation Artist Fellowship, Red Dot Award, Creativity Media & Interactive Awards, Creativity International Awards, Connor Award, and more. She has taught Technology, Cross-Disciplinary Studio, User Experience Design, and more courses in the MFA Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute, Graphic Design Intensive at The Fashion Institute of Technology, and Graphic Design Concepts at The City College of New York.


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