Indiana University Announces Inaugural Poynter Chair

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen will kick things off with a lecture next month.

Roger Cohen, a twice Pulitzer Prize-nominated op-ed columnist with The New York Times and editor at large for the international edition, has joined the faculty of Indiana University Bloomington as the Media School’s first Poynter Chair. He will visit the campus Oct. 6 to deliver a lecture and return next spring semester to work with faculty and students at the Poynter Center.

From this week’s announcement:

The mission of IU’s Poynter Center is to explore intersections between ethics, media and public institutions. “At this particular moment in our nation’s history, it is difficult to think of a more important set of inquiries than those at the center of Poynter’s concerns,” said Lauren Robel, IU Bloomington provost and executive vice president. “And Roger Cohen will bring a long history of engagement in these areas as the Poynter Center’s inaugural chair.”

The Poynter Center was established in the wake of the Watergate scandal through a gift from Hoosier native Nelson Poynter, who founded the St. Petersburg Times. Poynter wanted to leave a lasting legacy focused on the ethical responsibility of journalism and media to ensure the integrity and health of America’s public institutions.

Cohen’s appointment is part of a series of changes that were agreed upon last school year for the 43-year-old Poynter Center. A few years ago, when the British-born Cohen spoke to The Independent about his career, he cited as a career highlight covering the war in Bosnia and writing a subsequent book about it titled Hearts Grown Brutal. Over the years, he has also worked for Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.

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