Faculty

Director

Marcy McGinnis was named associate dean at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism on Sept. 1, 2007. As associate dean, McGinnis oversees development of the video curriculum, recruitment of faculty, fundraising, student recruitment, strategic planning and development of satellite campuses for the journalism program. She also continues as director of the broadcast journalism program, a position she’s held since joining the journalism school in September 2006.

Marcy McGinnis

Marcy McGinnis

McGinnis joined the journalism faculty last year after a career at CBS News that spanned over three decades. McGinnis was Senior Vice President, News Coverage, at CBS News from June 2001 through December 2005 and Vice President, News Coverage from 1997-2001. She managed CBS News’ worldwide newsgathering operation, hard news broadcasts, special events coverage and breaking news as well as the operation and staffing of all domestic and overseas bureaus. McGinnis was at the helm of the newsgathering operation during coverage of 9/11, the war in Afghanistan and Hurricane Katrina. She was one of the primary architects of CBS News’ award-winning coverage of the war in Iraq. Prior to her appointment as Vice President, News Coverage, McGinnis was Vice President, Europe and London Bureau Chief for CBS News (1995-97), running its day-to-day newsgathering and news coverage in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

She received three Emmys Awards for coverage of the death of Princess Diana in 1997. She was Deputy London Bureau Chief and Director, Newspath Europe, from 1992-1995. While in Europe, she formed and managed CBS News’ newsgathering consortium of international news broadcasters. Before she was assigned to London, McGinnis held a variety of positions with CBS News including executive producer (1989-92), senior producer (1986-89), producer (1983-86), associate producer (1977-83), assistant producer (1973-77) and administrative assistant (1970-73).

McGinnis is a native of Allenhurst, N.J. A graduate of Marymount University in Arlington, Va., she holds honorary doctorates from her alma mater and from Hofstra University’s School of Communication. She serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists, Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication, the Overseas Press Club and Women’s eNews. She is on the Advisory Boards of the International Women in Media Foundation and Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism.

Program Coordinators

Zachary R. Dowdy

Zachary R. Dowdy

Zachary R. Dowdy has been adjunct instructor in Stony Brook’s journalism program since January 2003. The 1989 graduate of Stony Brook University has worked for The Boston Herald, where he covered breaking news and The Boston Globe, where he covered urban affairs, international issues and criminal justice with an emphasis on corrections.

He reported and wrote investigative series for both newspapers. Dowdy is currently a criminal justice reporter for Newsday, where he penned a news column about criminal justice and legal issues. He also has served as Newsday’s state, national and foreign correspondent, filing stories from out-of-state, abroad or the United Nations. Dowdy has taught journalism and writing courses at both the University of Massachusetts-Boston and Roxbury Community College, in Boston. He also participated as a writing coach in Partners in Print, a journalism program for elementary, middle and high school students in Boston.

He served two terms as president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists and is currently vice president-print of the New York Association of Black Journalists. He continues to mentor students at the Columbia University journalism program and NYABJ’s High School Journalism Workshop. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Stony Brook, and master’s degrees in English and journalism from Harvard and Columbia universities, respectively.

Cathrine Duffy

Cathrine Duffy

Cathrine Duffy teaches in the School of Journalism and the Center for News Literacy.

A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has held various editorial positions at Newsday over the past 15 years, including news editor and letters editor.

Duffy earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Stony Brook.

Along with co-coordinator Zachary R. Dowdy, she oversees recruitment, selection and curriculum development for the Greene Institute.

Faculty

Wasim Ahmad

Zachary R. Dowdy

Cathrine Duffy

Charles Haddad

Rick Ricioppo

John Williams

Volunteers

Stacey Altherr – Newsday

Carol Hernandez – Center for News Literacy

Jamie Herzlich – Newsday

Caryn Eve Murray – Newsday

Leema Thomas – Newsday