Geneva Overholser CV

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Geneva Overholser

176 W. 87th St, Apt. 10A

New York, NY 10024


1978                Certificat Pratique de Langue Française, Université de Paris

1971                M.S., Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

1970                A.B., History, Wellesley College


2014 to present     Senior Fellow and Consultant, Program for Informed Participation, Democracy Fund

2014 to 2016      Senior Fellow, Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, USC Annenberg

2008-2013       University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, professor and director of the School of Journalism

2000-2008       Missouri School of Journalism, Washington bureau, endowed chair, tenured full professor, Journalism Studies faculty

1998-2001       Syndicated columnist, Washington Post Writers Group. Twice-weekly column appearing in newspapers throughout the country and abroad

1995-1998       Ombudsman, The Washington Post

1988-1995       Editor, The Des Moines Register

1986-1988       Editorial board member, The New York Times

1983-1986       Deputy editorial-page editor, The Des Moines Register

1981-1983       Editorial writer, The Des Moines Register

1974-1979       Freelance writer in Kinshasa, Zaire, and Paris

1971-1974       Reporter (legislature, city hall, general assignment), Colorado Springs Sun


2016-present   Board member, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Foundation

2016-present   Board member, Northwestern University in Qatar

2014-present   Board member, Rita Allen Foundation

2007-2016   Board member, Academy of American Poets

2014-2016   Board member, Women’s Media Center

2013-2016   Advisory board member, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

2007-present   Advisory board member, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

2007-2013       Advisory board member, Women’s Media Center

1990-2013       Board member, Knight fellowships, Stanford University

2004-2010       Member, Journalism Advisory Committee, Knight Foundation

2007-2010      Board member, Alicia Patterson Foundation

2006–2010      Board member, Center for Public Integrity

2003-2008       Board member, Fund for Independence in Journalism

2003-2005       Co-editor and co-director, Press in Democracy commission, Annenberg

2000-2004       Board member and officer, National Press Foundation

2001-2003       Member, endowment advisory board, Investigative Reporters and Editors

1997-2003       Board member, Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships

1995-2001       Trustee, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

1991-2000       Advisory board member, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies

1990-1995       Committee chair, board member and officer, American Society of Newspaper Editors

1989-1997       Board member, The Pulitzer Prize, final year as chair

1986-1995       Member, Council on Foreign Relations

1985-1986       Nieman Fellow, Harvard University

1979-1980       Congressional Fellow, American Political Science Association


1998-present   Occasional articles in Nieman Reports, Media Studies Journal, IPI Global Journalist, etc. Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other publications

2002-2004       Weekly blog, “Journalism Junction,” Poynter Institute Website

2000-2002       Regular CJR columns, Columbia Journalism Review

Refereed Journal

“Good Business, Journalism: An Industry Perspective,” Newspaper Research Journal, 2004.

Book Co-Edited

2005    “The Press,” Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, eds., Oxford University Press

Book Chapters

2011   Page One: Inside the New York Times and the Future of Journalism (Participant Media Guide) David Folkenflik, ed., Participant Media

2008    The Edge of Change:Women in the Twenty-First-Century Press, June Nicholson, ed., University of Illinois Press

2007    “What Good Is Journalism? How Reporters and Editors Are Saving America’s Way of Life, George Kennedy and Daryl Moen, ed., University of Missouri Press

2007    “The Yellow Journalism,” foreword by Geneva Overholser, Northwestern University Press

2005    “Restoring Trust in American Business,” Jay W. Lorsch, Leslie Berlowitz, and Andy Zelleke, eds., MIT

2004    “Leaving Readers Behind: The Age of Corporate Newspapering,” Gene Roberts, Thomas Kunkel, Charles S. Layton, eds., University of Arkansas Press

2003    “Media and the War on Terrorism,” Marvin Kalb and Stephen Hess eds., Brookings

2003    “Thinking Clearly: Cases in Journalistic Decision-making; Tom Rosenstiel and Amy S. Mitchell, Columbia


2010   “Science and the Media,” co-editor with Don Kennedy, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010

2010   Applying the “Manifesto for Change” to Journalism Education

2008   Update of “On Behalf of Journalism: A Manifesto for Change”

 2006    “On Behalf of Journalism: A Manifesto for Change,” 2006. Online at


2013    Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education

2012     40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years: Columbia Journalism Review

2002    National Press Club First Amendment Fellow

2002    Anvil of Freedom Award

2001    Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

1997    Doctor of Literature, St. Andrews Presbyterian College

1996    Alumnae Achievement Award, Northwestern University

1994    Alumnae Achievement Award, Wellesley College

1993    Editor of the Year, National Press Foundation

1992  Fellow of the Society award for extraordinary contribution to the profession, Society of Professional Journalists

1992    Best in the Business Award, “Best Newspaper Editor,” Washington Journalism Review

1991    Editor of the Year, Gannett (Also 1994)

1990    Ladies Home Journal, America’s Fifty Most Powerful Women

1990    Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service to The Des Moines Register

1990    Feminist Majority Foundation, Feminist of the Year Award

1989    Doctor of Humane Letters, Grinnell College


Between 1991 and 2012, delivered 13 named journalism lectures at colleges and universities ranging from Stanford to Notre Dame to the University of North Carolina.

Organized and moderated dozens of panels and workshops, including four symposia sponsored by the University of Missouri’s Hurley Chair, all at the National Press Club in Washington. Delivered keynote speeches at conferences of National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Association of Op-Ed Editors, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Council on Foundations, Association for Women Journalists. Served as panelist or speaker at ASNE, NAA and state press associations, media-law conferences, National Writers Workshops, multiple AEJMC panels and other organizations


From 1990 to present: Occasional appearances on CNN, PBS News Hour, Frontline, Nightline, C-SPAN, Fox News, National Public Radio (including commentaries), etc. Reported segments on presidential election coverage and White House scandal coverage for PBS Media Matters.


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