Wayne Barrett

Wayne Barrett (Spring 2006)

Wayne Barrett is an American investigative reporter. He is a journalist for the Village Voice and has been working there for over twenty years. “As Jack Newfield’s colleague at the Voice and an investigative journalist in his own right, Wayne Barrett brings a unique insight to Hunter students,” said Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab. “They will learn from one of New York’s best reporters how journalists can continually rediscover, and tell the story, of the drama of a great city remaking itself again and again. We look forward to his presence on campus and to his challenging our students.” (Hunter Headlines 2006)


Press Release

To inaugurate the Jack Newfield professorship, which will honor the legendary reporter and Hunter alumnus by bringing a distinguished journalist to teach at Hunter each year, Wayne Barrett, Newfield’s longtime partner in investigative journalism, will teach a course this spring titled Local Political and Investigative Reporting.

“The course will uncover the drama of a great city remaking itself again and again,” says Barrett, who is writing a book about how the city prepared for and dealt with the Sept. 11 attack. It “will be a window into the life of City Hall and the state capitol in Albany, offering insiders’ views of city and state politics as seen through the eyes of guests from the mayor’s office, the city council, and the journalists who cover them.”

Students, who will be chosen from the film & media and urban studies departments, will burnish their own investigative skills by creating the class’s version of “The Ten Worst Landlords,” a feature Newfield made a staple of the Village Voice decades ago. The Voice will publish the class project.

In addition to covering New York for nearly 30 years at the Voice, Barrett is the author of three books about the city, City for Sale, about the political corruption scandals of the Koch years, co-authored with Newfield; Trump: the Deals and the Downfalls; and Rudy! An Investigative Biography, a news-breaking examination of Rudy Giuliani that was turned into a made-for-TV movie.

Release By: Bernard Stein


Press Release

Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab today announced that Wayne Barrett, a Senior Editor at the Village Voice, has been awarded the inaugural Jack Newfield Visiting Professorship in Journalism by Hunter College. The professorship, named in memory of journalist and Hunter alumnus Jack Newfield, was created to maintain his legacy through special classes, other programs and activities.

“As Jack Newfield’s colleague at the Voice and an investigative journalist in his own right, Wayne Barrett brings a unique insight to Hunter College students,” said Raab. “They will learn from one of New York’s best reporters how journalists can continually rediscover, and tell the story, of the drama of a great city remaking itself again and again. We look forward to his presence on campus and to his challenging our students.”

Barrett said he is honored by his selection as Hunter’s first Jack Newfield professor, and that he will spend his semester as a professor offering his students “a window into the life of City Hall and the state capitol in Albany, offering insiders’ views of city and state politics as seen through the eyes of guests from the mayor’s office, the city council, and the journalists who cover them.”

Jack Newfield graduated Hunter College in 1960, with a BA in English, and began his distinguished journalism career as sports editor of the school newspaper, the Hunter Arrow. It was as a reporter for the Village Voice that Newfield developed his reputation as a crusading journalist, and his annual lists of “Ten Worst Judges,” and “Ten Worst Landlords” quickly became “must reads” among New Yorkers. The author of 10 books, Newfield went on to report for the Daily News, the New York Post and The New York Sun. He won a George Polk Award for investigative journalism while at the Village Voice, and an Emmy for a documentary about boxing promoter Don King.

Raab said that students have been chosen for the course, offered in the spring 2006 semester, from Hunter College’s film and media, and urban studies programs. The students will further develop their own investigative skills by creating the class’ version of “The Ten Worst Landlords” column that Newfield made a staple at the Village Voice. The Voice will publish the class project, Raab said.

In addition to covering New York for nearly 30 years at the Village Voice, Barrett is the author of three books about the city, City for Sale – about the political corruption scandals during Mayor Ed Koch’s tenure, co-authored with Newfield; Trump: the Deals and the Downfalls; and Rudy! An Investigative Biography, a news-breaking examination of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani that was turned into a made-for-TV movie. He is currently writing a book about how the city prepared for and dealt with the September 11 attack.

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