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 an 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 Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists.

Additional Faculty

Wasim Ahmad

Wasim Ahmad

Wasim Ahmad spent six years at newspapers in Minnesota, Florida and upstate New York before coming to Stony Brook as an assistant professor in the Fall 2009 semester.

Ahmad graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Binghamton University and a Master of Science in photography at Syracuse University. He started his career working for the Binghamton (N.Y.) Press & Sun-Bulletin as a reporter and then went on to work as a copy editor and page designer.

In 2004, Ahmad went to work for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times, but he returned to Binghamton in 2005 and was promoted to Newsroom Online Content Producer, where he was in charge of overseeing editorial content for the newspaper’s website and trained staff in multimedia journalism. His work on the newspaper’s website during the area’s worst flooding brought news about the disaster to more than three million visitors in a single day.

In 2007, Ahmad left Binghamton to serve as Web editor at the Naples (Fla.) Daily News, where he was responsible for Web operations for the newspaper and its sister publications.

Ahmad’s work has been recognized by the Freedom Forum and the Center for Innovation in College Media.

Rick Ricioppo

Rick Ricioppo

Rick Ricioppo was named associate professor of electronic and video journalism in September 2007. Rick also serves as the manager of TV production for the journalism school.

Ricioppo was the production director of TV 10 at Illinois State University from 2002 to 2007. At Illinois State, he taught introductory and advanced television production classes and oversaw all technical aspects of the daily live student newscast. An experienced professional video photographer and editor, Ricioppo taught news and sports shooting and editing as well as studio and control room production. Additionally, he oversaw video production of sporting events both at the university and at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill.

Before joining Illinois State, Ricioppo held a variety of positions in electronic journalism. Most recently, he was a sports photographer and editor for the Empire Sports Network from 2000 to 2002. Previously, he was news photographer and editor, WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, NY(1994-2000); videographer, director and technician, C-Span (1988-94); promotions producer, Cablevision, Woodbury, N.Y (1987-88); and photographer, editor and director, Telicare, Rockville Centre, N.Y. (1986-87).

Ricioppo holds a master of science degree in communication from Illinois State University.

John Williams

John Williams

J. Conrad Williams Jr. is an assistant photo editor at Newsday, where he has been on staff since 1985.

His work has won critical acclaim and accompanied award-winning articles and series, including Newsday‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 1994 massacres in Rwanda.

He has taught photojournalism at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism and Nassau Community College.

Volunteers and staff

Lourdes FernandezNewsday
Carol Hernandez – Center for News Literacy
Caryn Eve MurrayNewsday
Leema ThomasNewsday
Dini Diskin-Zimmerman – Television Facilities Director and Producer
Phil Altiere – School of Journalism
April Warren
Frank Posillico
Philly Bubaris
Andrew Zajic