- Faculty & Staff
- Full Time Instructors
Donald A. Bird
Professor of Journalism
(A.B., Rutgers University; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University)
Now in his 28th year at LIU, Dr. Bird has media experience that includes copy-desk editing, broadcast sports reporting and public relations. He worked at The Associated Press in New York City, reported on the Robert F. Kennedy primary presidential campaigns, and was associate editor of The African Press. Bird has been a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution and other organizations. He teaches mass media, new media, news writing, public relations, sensationalism and speech courses.
Dr. Bird graduated with distinction from Rutgers—The State University, where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar, and earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Folklore and Mass Communication. LIU awarded him the David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence and he has held post-doctoral research appointments at Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.
Dr. Bird has taught adults at NBC and Pfizer as well as graduate courses at military bases in five states. He has served as journalism department chair for 16 years and is a member of the George Polk Awards Committee. Among his scholarly publications are articles on Inside Media, WordPerfect: The Magazine, Hugh Hefner and Charles Collingwood. His current research includes 9/11 web communications and folklore, presentation of self on Facebook and tabloid journalism.
He consulted with Commersant, a Russian business publication, and helps host visiting journalists from the United States Department of State’s International Visitor Program. During his fourth trip to China in December 2007 he lectured on journalism topics at Renmin University of China in Beijing, Beijing Normal University and Nankai University in Tianjin. During March 2005 he lectured at Fudan University in Shanghai and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.
Advisor to the campus newspaper, Seawanhaka
(B.A., LIU Brooklyn)
Curtis Stephen is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Newsday, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, and AM New York. As a media fellow for the Open Society Institute, Stephen wrote a series of articles about wrongful convictions that garnered national attention. A graduate of LIU Brooklyn, Stephen received the Theodore Kruglak Award in International Reporting to work in India for CNN and The Times of India. Stephen has also worked in network television, including CNN in Atlanta and ABC News in New York. For WNBC-TV, he was a field producer. Since 2006, Stephen has served on a panel of judges for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy Awards.
Senior Professor Of Journalism
(B.A., Earlham College; M.A., Ph.D., Washington University - St. Louis)
Dr. Engelman teaches courses in media and society, communications law and history of the press. He has published articles and reviews in The Yale Review, Journalism Quarterly, Journalism History, Journalism Monographs, American Journalism, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Television Quarterly and the Approaches to Learning series of the Modern Language Association. His book, Public Radio and Television in America: A Political History, was published by Sage in 1996. Columbia University Press will publish his biography of broadcast journalism pioneer Fred Friendly. In his two decades at LIU, he has received the highest awards given by the Brooklyn Campus for both teaching and scholarship: the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching (1989) and the Trustees Award for Scholarly Achievement (1999).
Engelman is the coordinator of LIU’s annual George Polk Awards Seminar. Since 2001, he has appeared as a moderator on Reporter Roundtable, a public-affairs program aired by Time-Warner, Cablevision and RCN in New York City. He serves as a journalism consultant for the Interactive Encyclopedia of Television, a project of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, and is a former board member of the Pacifica Foundation.
Associate Professor of Journalism
Acting Department Chair
(B.A., The Pennsylvania State University; M.J., Temple University; Ph.D., Indiana University)
Dr. Rauch teaches courses in news writing & reporting, mass communication, magazine editing & design, online/multimedia journalism and new media & society as well as special topics such as “Not Necessarily the News: Political Entertainment, Youth Audiences & Civic Culture” and “From Boob Tube to YouTube: The Rise & Fall of Network Television.”
Before joining LIU in 2004, she was a professional journalist and publication specialist for seven years at news organizations including the Philadelphia City Paper, China Daily and Morning Call as well as for non-profit and corporate clients such as the American Red Cross, Air Products & Chemicals and Lehigh University. Her words and images have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Magnet magazine and The Chicago Reader.
Dr. Rauch earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington, where she was a Chancellor’s Fellow. She won a scholarship from the Poynter Institute to study multimedia journalism, an instructional innovation grant from LIU’s Office of Academic Affairs, and a GIFT Scholar award from the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication.
Her articles examining alternative media models—including the UN-sponsored Inter Press Service, civic & citizen journalism, and independently published zines—and news audiences have been published in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Popular Communication and Media, Culture & Society. Her research on news content has appeared in Mass Communication & Society and Social Movement Studies. She also is a contributor to the International Encyclopedia of Communication.
- Adjunct Instructors
Anthony is a technology and personal computing columnist whose work currently appears in Bloomberg Markets magazine, The Network Journal, Black Enterprise, Black Issues Book Review and elsewhere. He was the senior writer at PC Magazine from 1993 to 1998 and was a reporter at the Milwaukee Sentinel from 1981 to 1988. He is a past president of the Deadline Club (the NYC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists) and still serves on the board. He also currently serves on the board of the New York Association of Black Journalists. Anthony teaches computer-assisted reporting at the Brooklyn Campus of LIU.
Wayne Barrett was a fixture at the Village Voice for almost four decades, doing his first investigative feature in 1973 and writing more than 2000 stories between then and 2011, when he left the paper. He has also written five books, including two on Rudy Giuliani, a biography of Donald Trump and “City for Sale,” a chronicle of the Koch scandals of the late 80s. Barrett has been advising students on investigative projects as the George Polk journalist in residence at LIU Brooklyn and as a fellow at the Nation Institute.
(B.A., New York University)
Bock has written sports for the Associated Press since 1963, covering more Super Bowls and World Series than any AP sports writer in history. His assignments covered the full spectrum of sports: baseball and football playoffs, Olympic Games, championship fights, the Kentucky Derby, the Indy 500, Wimbledon and U.S. Open Tennis, the Masters and U.S Open Golf, college football bowls and the NCAA Final Four. Bock has written or edited 13 books and scores of magazine articles, and his work has appeared in the Fireside Book of Baseball and in the anthology Best Sports Stories of the Year. Most recently, he wrote the text for The Associated Press Pictorial History of Baseball and children’s books on Super Bowl MVP Steve Young and NBA MVP David Robinson. He led panel discussions at Hofstra University’s Babe Ruth Conference in 1995 and Long Island University’s Jackie Robinson conference in 1997.
Bock, a native of New York City and a 1961 journalism graduate of New York University, won Associated Press Sports Editors awards for his Olympic coverage in 1980, columns in 1986, enterprise writing in 1990, Sunday features in 1991, and feature writing in 1994 and 1996. He shared an Associated Press Managing Editors award in 1993 for a series on sports gambling and won Pro Football Writers Association writing contest prizes in 1995 and 1996. He was a judge for the Women’s Sports Foundation 2000 journalism awards and teaches sports writing, news reporting and sports public relations at the Brooklyn Campus of LIU.
(B.A., Thames Valley University; diploma, London College of Communication)
Faycal Bouguir, a freelance UI/UX and multimedia designer, teaches magazine editing and production at LIU Brooklyn. Over the past seven years, he has developed print and digital media projects for a broad range of blue-chip and start-up clients, including the launch of the Daily iPad newspaper at News Corporation. He is a member of the NYC UXPA (User Experience Professionals’ Association) and the IXDA (User Experience Design Association). Before joining LIU, Faycal taught Multimedia Design at The Technical Institute of America and at a UCLA extension. He brings a passion for design and typography to his teaching.
(B.A., Long Island University)
Colarusso is the Deputy Business Editor of the New York Post, which has been recognized as one of the top sections in the country by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Before joining The Post, Colarusso was a columnist and associate editor at TheStreet.com, a leading Internet financial news organization. His work has also appeared regularly in The New York Times, Barron’s and other leading business publications. Colarusso, who graduated from LIU’s Brooklyn Campus in 1988, teaches business writing.
(B.S., Broadcast Journalism, Syracuse University, 1977)
Crispyn has more than 20 years of experience as a news director, traffic reporter, advertising representative, writer and announcer for Shadow Broadcast Services, Editor & Publisher magazine, Dow Jones, and several New York radio stations. She has reported for WINS, WABC, Bloomberg and Sirius Satellite radio, among others. Crispyn won news awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists, as well as a 1981 Outstanding Young Women in America Award. She's a leader of the SPJ's New York Chapter and a member of the Radio/Television News Directors Association.
(B.A., University of British Columbia; M.S., Columbia University)
Megan Donis is senior producer of public affairs programs for Brooklyn Independent Television. Born in Vancouver, Canada, she began her career in journalism as an on-camera reporter. Megan moved to New York in 1998 to complete her master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Since graduating in 1999, she has worked to juggle her two passions, documentary and news. Megan has worked on several Emmy/Peabody-award-winning PBS and HBO documentary series including EGG the Arts Show, Broadway: The American Musical and Classical Baby. She produced a radio documentary on Spiritual Healing, part of which aired on ABC News Radio. In addition, she helped launch YO New York.com, an internet TV station covering city news and entertainment. Megan returned to Vancouver in 2002 to work as a reporter for News 4, but her love of Brooklyn drew her back a year later. At Brooklyn Independent TV Megan produces and hosts Brooklyn Review, Brooklyn’s only TV news magazine.
(B.A., University of California Berkeley; M.S., Columbia University)
Greg Emerson is the deputy editor of Newsday.com, where he manages daily content of the website and mobile apps and oversees the organization's social media strategy. He has worked as a multimedia producer for various digital publications and is indulging an interest in big data and Web analytics.
(B.S., Farleigh Dickinson; M.B.A., LIU Brooklyn)
As associate director of athletics at LIU Brooklyn, Greg Fox is responsible for the department’s external relations, including overseeing its marketing, development, corporate sponsorship, ticketing and community relations efforts. He has also served as director of athletic media relations, where he was responsible for the promotion of the department’s 17 teams and acted as the primary contact for the men’s basketball team. Fox serves as event manager for home athletic contests, chairs the LIU Athletics Hall of Fame committee and organizes several annual alumni reunions. Fox teaches undergraduate courses in journalism and sports marketing.
(B.J., University of Missouri; M.S., New School University)
Michael Jordan – no, not that Michael Jordan – teaches classes ranging from international reporting to sports writing at LIU’s Brooklyn Campus. Jordan is a freelancer focusing on international affairs, specifically the United Nations, Middle East, former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He has served as the U.N. correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and has contributed U.N. coverage to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Denver Post, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post and the Jewish news service, JTA. Jordan has also written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, The Jerusalem Report and The Forward. He recently reported from Kosovo, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. Jordan was for six years a Budapest-based correspondent, roaming Eastern Europe and the Balkans for the Christian Science Monitor and many others. Many of Jordan’s dispatches can be found at www.csmonitor.com and www.jta.org.
Leonard J. Hollie
(B.A., University of Cincinnati; M.S., Columbia University)
Hollie, a full adjunct professor, began teaching intermediate and advanced reporting classes at the Brooklyn Campus of LIU in 1995. He has been a member of the panel of judges for LIU’s George Polk Awards since 1999. He is an editorial manager at Standard & Poor’s, where he manages five editors who supervise the work of 70 analysts in five cities covering health care, higher education and state and local government. Before S&P, Hollie was finance editor at The Net Economy magazine, a Ziff-Davis publication; senior editor at IndividualInvestor.com; and a reporter for Knight-Ridder Financial News, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, and Crain’s Communications. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the New York Financial Writers Association.
(B.A., St. John’s University)
Nelson George is an author and filmmaker who has been creating African-American images for more than 25 years. His books include “The Death of Rhythm & Blues,” “Hip Hop America” and “City Kid.” George has directed, written and produced both feature films and documentaries, working with Chris Rock, Queen Latifah and Magic Johnson. His work includes “Brooklyn Boheme,” “The Announcement” for ESPN, and “Finding the Funk” for Vh1. He also contributes essays on film to The New York Times.
- Joe Lapointe
(B.A., Wayne State University)
Joe Lapointe, who teaches Sports Writing and News Writing, enjoys the LIU Brooklyn atmosphere because it reminds him of Wayne State University in Downtown Detroit. Lapointe spent 20 years as a sports reporter for the New York Times, 11 at the Detroit Free Press and three at the Chicago Sun-Times. Aside from most major sports stars, Lapointe has interviewed and written about Jimmy Hoffa (the original), Mick Jagger, Richard Nixon and Robert Redford. Lapointe once ate in a hotel bar in Washington when in walked the most beautiful woman in the world. "Who's that?" Lapointe asked the waiter. "That woman, sir," the waiter replied, "is Sophia Loren." Lapointe has covered the Olympics, Super Bowls, the World Series and the finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs and the National Basketball Association. His favorite interview was with Muhammad Ali. Lapointe once shook Joe Louis's hand. It was a big, strong hand.
- Debra Lewis-Boothman
(B.A., LIU Brooklyn)
A lover of pop culture, celebrities, gossip, tabloids, and all things entertainment, Debra Lewis-Boothman teaches Entertainment Journalism. Before joining LIU, she honed her talents for 14 years at PEOPLE Magazine, the top entertainment magazine for celebrity news coverage and award-winning human-interest stories. As a reporter and writer for PEOPLE she broke top exclusives for the magazine's website, People.com. Lewis has interviewed top stars such as Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, Viola Davis, Tina Fey, President Bill Clinton and more. An alumna of LIU Brooklyn and former editor-in-chief of the student newspaper Seawanhaka, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
(B.A., Tunghai University; M.A., New York University; M.S., Pratt Institute)
David Liu’s career at the Associated Press has spanned more than 37 years. As part of his executive duties, he has traveled extensively throughout the world and met many prominent industry leaders. Currently the director of foreign-language newspapers, Liu promotes AP services in the United States as well as in Asian and Pacific regions and assists major media corporations in conceiving and developing creative strategies. During his long residence in the United States, he has held faculty and director positions at several universities and institutes. Liu also is a columnist for the Wen Hui Bao (Daily) in Shanghai, China. In 1988, he published his first book, Things American: The Art of Life in the United States, and in 1990, he launched the magazine East-West Forum, which circulates widely in affluent Chinese communities in the United States, Canada and China. Liu, who is fluent in both English and Chinese, is a native speaker of Mandarin, Cantonese and five other dialects.
(B.A., Harvard; M.A, Yale: J.D., Brooklyn Law School )
Errol Louis has been a columnist of the New York Daily News since June 2004, when he began writing a twice-weekly column on a wide range of political, legal and social matters. Lous is a member of the Daily News editorial board and a frequent guest on television and radio, including New York 1, WNYC radio, WABC radio, WCBS-TV, WABC-TV and CNN. He has regularly served as guest host of the "Brian Lehrer Show" on WNYC radio. Prior to joining the News, Louis served as associate editor of The New York Sun, where he published hundreds of columns and won an award for commentary from the New York Association of Black Journalists. He has written a regular column, "Commerce and Community," for Our Time Press, a Brooklyn-based community newspaper, since 1998. Louis is a receipient of the New York Magazine Award as one of 10 New Yorkers making a difference "with energy, vision and independent thinking."
- Eileen Markey
(B.S., Fordham University; B.S., Columbia University)
Eileen Markey is a freelance reporter specializing in urban public policy and religious cultural issues. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, City Limits, WNYC Radio, The New York Daily News, New York Magazine, Newsday, Beliefnet, National Catholic Reporter and BustedHalo.com. Markey focuses on how arcane government policy impacts life on the streets and sidewalks of the city. She examined how New York State's method of counting prisoners in the place where they are incarcerated dilutes the voting power of NYC districts; showed the devastation subprime lending wrought on a working class neighborhood; and explored the effect of over-leverage real estate investment in low income housing. She is at work on a book about Maura Clarke, a Catholic nun assassinated by the government of El Salvador in 1980.
(B.A., Howard University)
Since joining the Associated Press (AP) as a staff photojournalist in 1992, Bebeto Matthews has produced national and international assignments including the '92 Olympics, Haiti, presidential conventions, Montserrat volcano eruption, Princess Diana's funeral, the Sept. 11 aftermath, West Indies and English cricket, and Latin America. His work has earned numerous honors and awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors, National Association of Black Journalists, New York Press Photographers Association and other professional organizations. The video documentary feature "Sophia," which Matthews produced for the AP's online service, won the Society of Professional Journalists' best multimedia news project award in 2001. He has worked for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, The Montgomery Journal (Rockville, Md.) and The Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger. Matthews also served as a judge for the 2006 NPPA "Pictures of The Year" awards, screening over 60,000 works for honors.
(B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.A., Yale University; Ph.D., SUNY-Buffalo)
Pison, who teaches public relations and advertising at LIU’s Brooklyn Campus, has more than 20 years of experience in integrated communications systems and organizational development. Pison is now research director for responsebydesign.com, a New York-based online marketing and advertising agency. He also develops on-site and computer-based training (CBT) programs for writing budgeting and finance proposals, project management, and business communications. Pison has published extensively on Internet technology in leading journals such as Circuits and Design (an IEEE publication), The Transponder, and Security Concerns. He initiated the monthly column, Tech Tools, for Technology & Skills Training magazine, the largest paid-circulation training magazine in the United States. He was also technical editor for the ASTD Lamplighter, an award-winning publication on current trends in human resource training and development.
(B.A., Kean University; M.A., LIU Brooklyn)
Rajul Punjabi is a New York-based entertainment journalist and instructor of Journalism and English. Her beat is hip hop. She also has written about fashion, beauty, pop culture, race and gender, and has dabbled in comparative literature. Punjabi has crept into the psyches of entertainment figures and laid their business bare. Her favorite part of writing features and profiles is flipping projected illusions to reveal the unvarnished reality: that rappers are more polite than they appear on TV. And shorter. Punjabi’s byline has appeared in Playboy, VIBE, GIANT, Jamrock, Urbanology, Rap-Up, The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, and on Billboard.com.
(B.A., Clark University; M.S., California University of Pennsylvania)
Casey Snedecor is the Assistant Director of Media Relations for LIU Brooklyn Athletics and an official statistician for the Brooklyn Nets. Snedecor began her career as an award-winning sports reporter on the South Shore of Boston, covering high school sports and the Cape Cod Baseball League, before entering the field of college athletics. She has worked at three NCAA Division I schools, covering more than 30 sports and spearheading each school’s social media efforts. After graduating with a B.A. in English and a specialization in Journalism and International Studies, Snedecor received her master's degree in Sports Management. She is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and also teaches Orientation Seminar at LIU Brooklyn.
Ross Tuttle, a journalist/filmmaker/director of photography based in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been working in documentary television for more than a dozen years. His work on an array of social-issue, history, literary and human-interest programming has appeared on network, cable and Public Television (Frontline, History Detectives, Invitation to World Literature) and at various film festivals in the U.S. and Canada. He was a producer and shooter on the critically acclaimed feature-length documentary “King of Kong.” Tuttle has written for a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, The Baltimore Sun and LA Weekly on a wide range of subjects - such as the civil wars in Sri Lanka and Cyprus, and America’s detention and prosecution regime in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the aftermath of 9/11. The Nation Institute has awarded him multiple Investigative Grants from for his Guantanamo reporting. Tuttle has also been working on documentaries about the NYPD, the department’s practice of stop and frisk, and the relationship between police and the policed.
Zena Kennedy, the department secretary and an LIU alumna, has a background in public relations and photography. She worked for Tex McCrary Public Relations (a.k.a. Texcomm) as a photographer, archivist and assistant for military, political and charitable events. Kennedy also worked independently for the US Army and Air Force. Currently pursuing a graduate degree in photography and art, her interest is in American history and Americana. Kennedy, who emigrated from Italy with her multicultural parents, is of Italian, Austrian and Croatian heritage and speaks Italian and Croatian. She studied British history in London and is a current member of Mets and Red Sox Nation.