Past Fellows and Visiting Faculty

Fall 2000 Fellows

Jason DeparleJason Deparle is the general assignment correspondent for The New York Times. Since joining The Times in 1989, DeParle has regularly covered anti-poverty policy. Reporting from Washington, he wrote about the debate leading to the 1996 law that abolished entitlement to cash assistance and created time limits and work requirements. Since then he has written extensively about state efforts to implement the law. DeParle served as a staff writer for The New York Times from 1995–1997. Before joining The Times, he was an editor at The Washington Monthly, a reporter at The Times-Picayune and a staff writer at The New Republic magazine. In 1986–87, he was a Henry Luce Scholar in the Philippines, working with a community development group in a squatter camp. While at the Shorenstein Center, DeParle wrote American Dream, published in 2004 by Viking Press.

John GageJohn Gage is a partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He was the chief researcher and director of the Science Office for Sun Microsystems. Gage was responsible for Sun’s relationships with world scientific and technical organizations, for international public policy and governmental relations in the areas of scientific and technical policy and for alliances with the world’s leading research institutions and laboratories. In 1995, Gage created NetDay, the first Internet-based mass organizing project to enable communities to organize themselves to act locally. He is the host of a world-wide satellite television program, SunEnergy, that explores the frontiers of computing, networking, science and mathematics. Gage attended the University of California, Berkeley; the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He did doctoral work in mathematics and economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and left Berkeley in 1982 with Bill Joy to found Sun Microsystems. He serves on numerous boards. Gage will teach a module called “Technology, Media and Governance.”

Julie HallJulie Hall was the senior media advisor of the Active Community Unit, initiated by Prime Minister Blair, which developed new partnerships with the media to help ensure government policies promoting community involvement in the diverse communities in the United Kingdom. A former political correspondent for ITN and Granada television, she has presented and produced a range of network and regional current affairs series for the BBC, Granada, Channel 4 and Channel 5 in the United Kingdom. From May 1989 to June 1992, Hall was press secretary to Neil Kinnock, the Labour Party Leader. She was a Robert McKenzie Fellow at the London School of Economics and regularly writes and lectures on the media, politics and citizenship. Her research project is “Evaluation of Formats for Televised Election Debates.”

Alexey Pushkov is the author, anchor and director of Postscript, a daily TV analytical program at TV-Centre (3rd channel of the Russian national TV). He is also a political columnist for Nezavissimaya Gazeta. From 1995–98, he was director of public and media relations and director of foreign affairs at Russian Public TV (ORT). Pushkov has been a foreign policy columnist and editor-in-chief at Moskovskye Novosti. Prior to that he was a foreign policy advisor and speechwriter to General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. Pushkov is on the editorial board of Foreign Policy Quarterly, is a consultant to the foreign affairs committee of the State Duma and is a fellow and member of the World Economic Forum. He has a Ph.D. in the history of international relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. His research project is “The Russian Mass Media in Transition.”

Nelson TraquinaNelson Traquina is a professor of communication science at the New University of Lisbon and president of the Center for Research in Media and Journalism Lisbon. After obtaining degrees in International Studies in the United States, he worked for United Press International before completing his Ph.D. at the University of Paris V. He is the author of Big Show Media: Voyage to the Portuguese Audiovisual World; Journalism: Questions, Theories and Stories; and The Frustrated Fourth Estate: Portugal’s Post-Revolutionary Media System. Traquina has also written articles in journals such as Media, Culture & Society. His research project is “The Journalistic Tribe.”

Joan Shorenstein Fellow — Washington, D.C. Office

Deborah MathisDeborah Mathis is a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. She was previously the national correspondent for Gannett News Service. A veteran political reporter, she was responsible for reporting on all national news stories dealing with the White House and the administration. Previously, a columnist for The Clarion-Ledger, Mathis wrote a twice-weekly column on subjects ranging from national politics to racial injustice to the perils and payoffs of motherhood. Mathis began her career as a general assignment reporter for the Arkansas-Democrat. She worked in various positions including on-air reporter and anchor for KTHV-TV and KATV-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas, and WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. Between 1976 and 1981, she worked for KARK-TV, Little Rock, moving from reporter to assistant news director. In 1988, Mathis joined the Arkansas Gazette as an editorial columnist and staff writer, and in 1990 became associate editor. She is a regular commentator for “America’s Black Forum,” a weekly talk show that deals with issues of importance to African Americans. Her research project is “Media and Race: A Case Study.” Paper PDF