Pinoy named dean at Columbia Journalism School

Posted at 01/22/2014 12:17 PM | Updated as of 01/22/2014 3:20 PM
Sheila Coronel. Photo from Columbia Journalism School's website

MANILA – A Filipina journalist has been named dean of academic affairs of the prestigious Columbia Journalism School in New York.

Sheila Coronel will replace Bill Grueskin, who has served as the school’s academic dean since 2008, Columbia Journalism School said in a press release on its website.

She will assume the role on July 1, 2014.

Coronel joined Columbia Journalism School in 2006 as the Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism and the director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

She was the co-founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and wrote for local newspapers, as well as The New York Times and the Guardian.

“I am honored and delighted to have this opportunity to serve as academic dean of a great institution,” Coronel said. “We are at a period of uncertainty, as well as tremendous possibility, for both journalism and journalism education. It’s an exciting time to be at a top-tier journalism school.”

Coronel has written and edited several books, including “Coups, Cults and Cannibals,” “The Rulemakers: How the wealthy and well-born dominate Congress,” and “Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.”

She graduated with a degree in Political Science at the University of the Philippines in 1979, and received a master’s degree in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics in 1991.

As she takes on the role of academic dean, Coronel will continue to teach and serve as director of the Stabile Center, Columbia School of Journalism said.