Visiting Professors

The Jack Newfield Visiting Professorship in Journalism was created in 2005 and began in the spring semester of 2006 at Hunter College. Created by colleagues at Hunter College and Jack’s wife and family to maintain his legacy through special classes. The program created brings outstanding New York journalists to Hunter College each year to teach and mentor students. It also continues the tradition of investigative journalism and crusading spirit that Newfield represented.

Jarrett Murphy (Fall 2013)

Jarrett Murphy is the executive editor and publisher of City Limits, which he joined as investigations editor in 2007; he was named editor-in-chief in April 2010 and publisher in May 2013. Prior to joining City Limits, Murphy worked as a metro reporter and media columnist at the Village Voice, where he ran the Power Plays political blog. From 2000 to 2004, Murphy served as a producer at He previously covered the state house and city hall for the Hartford Advocate. Murphy attended Fordham University, obtained a diploma in public financial policy from the London School of Economics, and holds a master’s in economics from the New School. He is the winner of the 2007 James W. Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism and the 2011 Deadline Club Award for best coverage of minority issues and has twice been a Livingston Award Finalist. He lives in the Bronx with his wife and two sons.

Barbara Nevins Taylor (Spring 2012)

Barbara Nevins Taylor is a investigative television reporter that will serve as the professor for the Jack Newfield professorship in Spring 2012. The course will offer a new course in investigative video reporting and will specialize on “The Children’s Story”. The course is offered to selected students in Film & Media and Integrated Media Arts.

Alyssa Katz (Spring 2011)

Author and journalist Alyssa Katz will serve as the Jack Newfield Professor in the spring semester, offering a course in urban investigative journalism to selected students in Film & Media, Integrated Media Arts and Urban Affairs.

Errol Louis (Spring 2010)

Errol Louis was chosen for the Spring 2010 Jack Newfield Professorship at Hunter College. He was born in Harlem, New York in 1962. He currently works as a columnist for the New York Daily News and is on the editorial board. In addition to working at the Daily News he is also a host of the New York radio show WWRL and teaches college courses through out New York City. In the past he has worked for The New York Sun and Our Time Press.

Charles Stuart (Spring 2008)

Charles Stuart is an emmy-award-winning film maker. He has written, produced and directed more than fifty hours of documentary programming on every major television network. He co-produced half a dozen documentaries with Jack Newfield, including “Don King, Unauthorized” and “Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir,” based on Newfield’s books and featuring his interviews. Stuart will teach a course in advanced documentary filmmaking for television and the internet to undergraduate and graduate students. The students will produce short films, said Stuart, “that are so compelling and well made that their videos will be shown on news organizations’ web sites and on television.” (CUNY Newswire)

Tom Robbins (Spring 2007)

Tom Robbins an American reporter for the Village Voice. His profession specializes in investigative journalism. He started off at City Limits magazine as an editor and now currently works at a staff reporter for the Village Voice, the New York Observer and the Daily. “Robbins will teach a course entitled “Urban Investigative Reporting” where students will meet with New York newsmakers and news-breakers, and study works by some of the great investigative muckrakers. Students will also participate in researching and writing a lengthy article or series of articles focused on an aspect of city life.”

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)