Geneva Overholser

Director, School of Journalism, USC Annenberg School of Journalism
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imageGeneva Overholser is director of the School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Previously, she held the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism, where she was based in the school's Washington bureau. Geneva was editor of The Des Moines Register from 1988 to 1995, where she led the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. While at the Register, she also earned recognition as Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation and was named "The Best in the Business" by American Journalism Review. She has been ombudsman of The Washington Post, a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post Writers Group, and a reporter for the Colorado Springs Sun. She has been a columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review and frequent contributor to Poynter.org. She also spent five years working and writing in Paris and Kinshasa.

Through the Annenberg Public Policy Center, in 2006 she published a manifesto on the future of journalism titled On Behalf of Journalism: A Manifesto for Change. She is also co-editor, with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, of the volume "The Press," part of the Oxford University Press Institutions of American Democracy series. She serves on the boards of the Center for Public Integrity, the Committee of Concerned Journalists, the John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University, the Fund for Independence in Journalism and the Academy of American Poets, and on the Journalism Advisory Committee of the Knight Foundation. She was for nine years a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the final year as chair, and is a former officer of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Geneva holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in history from Wellesley College.

KDMC Sessions

Dinner and Keynote Address
September 13, 2011, 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
SEMINAR: Knight Community Info Challenge Boot Camp 2011

Dinner and Keynote Address
May 15, 2011, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
SEMINAR: News Entrepreneur Boot Camp 2011

Opening Lunch
July 29, 2010, 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Video: Video: Welcome and introductions; Discussion of Institute plan and expectations
PowerPoint: Presentation: Michele McLellan: Welcome and introductions
SEMINAR: Knight-McCormick Leadership Institute

Dinner and Keynote Speaker
May 16, 2010, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Flash File: Video: Geneva Overholser: Dinner and Keynote
SEMINAR: News Entrepreneur Boot Camp 2010

March 22, 2010, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SEMINAR: Knight Community Info Challenge Boot Camp

Cocktail Reception and Dinner
December 06, 2009, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
SEMINAR: Digital Leadership Summit for Public Radio Stations

Opening Lunch From Old Media to New
May 16, 2009, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Quicktime Video: Day 1: From Old Media to New
SEMINAR: News Entrepreneur Boot Camp


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