Journalism Faculty and Lecturers
Professors Rosemary Armao and Thomas Bass led journalism workshops for master’s students at the Tunisian Press Institute in January 2015. The UAlbany Journalism Program and the Organized Crime and Corruption Program of southeast Europe have been working together under a U.S. State Department grant for three years to develop one of the first graduate programs in investigative reporting in the Arab World.
Associate Professor Rosemary Armao returned to her hometown as the newest faculty member of the Journalism Program in 2008. For more than 32 years she was a reporter and editor at various wire services and newspapers. She has trained journalists and worked on media development projects throughout Eastern Europe and Africa. She is a former Executive Director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and former President of the Journalism and Women Symposium.
Office: HU 327
Phone: (518) 442-4997
Professor Thomas Bass is the author of The Eudaemonic Pie, Camping with the Prince, Vietnamerica, The Spy Who Loved Us, and other books. Cited by the Overseas Press Club for his foreign reporting, he is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Wired, Smithsonian, The New York Times, and other publications. His teaching in the Journalism Program includes courses in narrative journalism. visual culture, science writing, and the political economy of the media.
Office: HU 328
Phone: (518) 442-4072
Professor Nancy Roberts is Professor of Communication and Director of the Journalism Program. She received her Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Professor Roberts's work focuses on communication and journalism history, especially the history of alternative periodicals, literary aspects of journalism, and magazine writing and editing. She has published numerous books and articles, including The Press and America: An Interpretive History of the Mass Media, with Michael Emery and Edwin Emery; Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker; and 'As Ever, Gene': The Letters of Eugene O'Neill to George Jean Nathan (coedited with Arthur W. Roberts). Her articles have appeared in Americana, Commonweal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Minneapolis Tribune, Boston Globe, Christian Century, Christian Science Monitor, U.S. Art, and many other publications.
Office: HU 315
Phone: (518) 442-4884
Visiting Assistant Professor Elaine Salisbury is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Salisbury reported from Harare, Zimbabwe, before earning a Master’s degree at the Columbia School of Journalism. Salisbury covered the culture and politics of the Middle East from Amman, Jordan. She worked as an editor for the Associated Press in New York and reporter for Reuters, covering breaking news and features in New York and Washington D.C. .
Salisbury’s two published books include The Cruelest Miles (NY: Norton, 2003) and Provenance (NY: Penguin, 2009). The Cruelest Miles is in development for a film by Walden Media. Provenance has been named an ALA Notable Book, Edgar Award Finalist, and Oprah Reading Pick. Salisbury began as an adjunct lecturer in the journalism program in 2007.
Salisbury has covered news from Africa and the Middle East and from New York and Washington D.C. She has a Master's degree at at the Columbia School of Journalism, and has worked for Reuters and the Associated Press. Salisbury’s two published books include The Cruelest Miles (NY: Norton, 2003) and Provenance (NY: Penguin, 2009).
Office: HU 117C
Phone: (518) 442-5134
Digital Media Lecturer Thomas Palmer is a multimedia journalist whose recent online achievements revolve around award-winning iPad news app designs for Hearst Corporation, including the visual redesign of the Times Union newspaper in Albany. He has worked in news editing, art directing, picture editing, copy editing, photojournalism, and departmental management.
He earned his master’s degree in communications photography from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. His thesis, “The Plight of a Vertical Photograph in a Digital World: An iPad News App Solution,” is a historical analysis that has influenced how photographic usage is judged in online publishing. His undergraduate degree is in economics from Auburn University.
Palmer was The Charlotte Observer’s design director when it entered a partnership with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in 1992 to redesign election coverage. His innovative reporting designs are illustrated in “The Charlotte Project: Helping Citizens Take Back Democracy.”
His research areas include semiology, social media branding, alternative story forms, and cross-platform visual perception. Palmer has taught digital media courses (JRL 390, 392, and 490) for the Journalism Program as an adjunct professor since 2008.
Students will encounter analog equipment when they visit Palmer’s HU 361 office, including vinyl classical records and reel-to-reel recordings. Surprising as this seems for a digital media instructor, drop by and he’ll explain how it’s all connected.
Phone: (518) 442-2647
The Picture Prosecutor (aka our own digital media lecturer, Tom Palmer) charges into the digital media jungle of tangled journalistic values. An introduction and two cases kick it off. More are on the docket: http://blog.timesunion.com/pictureprosecutor/
If you have a Twitter account, please follow Professor Palmer @HonestPix for updates about new posts. He welcomes your tips for new "cases."
Steve Barnes teaches media ethics and upper-level writing courses including magazine journalism and arts journalism. He is a senior writer at the Times Union
(Albany, NY), specializing in arts, culture, restaurants/dining and food; he writes news stories, features, reviews, analysis, criticism and a restaurant column and blog called “Table Hopping.” He has been with the Times Union
since 1996 and supervised cultural coverage for six years as arts editor. He has also worked for The Record
(Troy, NY) and The Post-Star
(Glens Falls, NY) and freelanced for a variety of publications. Barnes holds a B.A. in English from Boston University and was the recipient of a yearlong National Arts Journalism Program fellowship at the University of Georgia. He also teaches writing at the Arts Center of the Capital Region and has lectured at many area schools, colleges and community organizations.Office:
HU 328E-mail: email@example.com
is anchor of Morning Edition
on WAMC / Northeast Public Radio, host and producer of the Legislative Gazette
, a statewide program about New York state government and politics, host and moderator of WAMC's Student Town Meetings
, and producer of the Media Project
, a nationwide program about issues confronting the media. He is also host of Masterminds
, a cable channel quiz show for Capital Region high school students. Office:
HU 344E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Hill is a reporter for the Associated Press. He covers New York state government, politics, food, science, crime, demography, and business. He is also a regular contributor to Adirondack Life magazine.
Office: HU 117B
Michael Huber is the interactive audience manager at the Albany Times Union. He holds a B.A. in political science from the State University of New York at Geneseo and has completed coursework toward a master's in history at UAlbany. He previously served as the newspaper's community publishing editor. He produces the daily timesunion.com web site and supervises the timesunion.com blogs, which are the fastest-growing section of the newspaper's web site. He speaks frequently to local groups about issues involving journalism and social media and how newspapers can remain relevant in today's changing media landscape.
Office: HU 117B
Barbara Lombardo is executive editor of two daily newspapers in the Capital District -- The Record, serving the Troy area, and The Saratogian, based in Saratoga Springs – as well as the weekly Community News in southern Saratoga County.
She earned a bachelor’s in political science from Binghamton University, where she fell in love with journalism during elective news writing classes and two internships at the local newspaper. Hooked, she earned her master’s in journalism at Ohio State University.
Lombardo began her career at The Saratogian as a reporter in 1977, holding a variety of reporting and editing positions before being named managing editor. In 2014 she was promoted to executive editor of all three local publications owned by Digital First Media. She has hired numerous University at Albany students as interns and reporters over the years.
Lombardo is a past president of the New York State Associated Press Association and a member of the New York News Publishers Foundation.
Her newspapers have received numerous state and national journalism awards under her leadership, and Lombardo has received state and national recognition for her editorials and columns.
She has been teaching at UAlbany since 2008.
Office: HU 117A
Mark Marchand teaches public relations writing and crisis communications. His experience in the field includes 25 years as a manager and senior manager in corporate communications at Verizon. During his tenure at Verizon, he served as national spokesperson on network and technology issues and helped lead disaster recovery communications. Before working at Verizon, Marchand was a daily newspaper journalist in Springfield, MA, and also served as part-time correspondent for The Associated Press and United Press International at the same time. After retiring from Verizon he served as communications director at SUNY's Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and led the news and editorial office at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Besides teaching at UAlbany today, Marchand consults on and delivers talks about media relations, strategic communications, public relations writing, and handling crisis communications. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst -- with a bachelor's in science/chemistry and minor in journalism -- Marchand is also a private pilot and fervent follower of environmental and climate change issues. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Communications Federal Credit Union in Albany.
Holly McKenna has written for Reuters and The New York Times. She is working on three book projects and hosts the "Meet the Author" show on Time Warner's public access Channel 17.
Office: HU 361
Shirley Perlman is a former national correspondent for Newsday. During her 18 years at the paper, she covered a number of high-profile cases including the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. She was also a member of Newsday's investigations team. She began teaching at SUNY Albany in 2007. Before that she served as an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and C.W. Post College. She is a former editor of The Long-Islander, a weekly newspaper founded by Walt Whitman, and a past-president of the Press Club of Long Island. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the State University of New York.
Ian Pickus, a lifelong resident of the Capital Region, joined WAMC Northeast Public Radio as a producer in 2008, becoming news director in 2013. A frequent presence on air — having interviewed two Beach Boys, all of Crosby, Stills and Nash, three cast members of The Wire and countless filmmakers, authors, politicians, comedians and everyday people — Pickus oversees the network's daily news coverage, special projects, and produces the Congressional Corner.
A freelance sports reporter for the Associated Press since 2004, Pickus's sportswriting has also appeared in The Saratogian and Troy Record. He has covered college football, the NCAA Tournament, Giants camp, the Travers Stakes, and NBA and NHL games — in addition to plenty of Little League doubleheaders.
While earning a B.A. in English and journalism and an M.A. in English from the University at Albany, Pickus served as sports editor of the Albany Student Press and hosted shows on WCDB.
The recipient of Regional Edward R. Murrow, New York State Associated Press Association, Communicator, and New York State Broadcasters Association Excellence in Broadcasting awards, Pickus is proudest of his Rowley and Schafer Awards from the University at Albany journalism program. He began teaching at UAlbany in 2013.
Katherine Van Acker is the director of PresStock at The Image Works in Woodstock, New York. She holds a B.S. degree from the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University. Van Acker was executive photo editor at the Albany Times Union for nearly a decade. Prior to that, she was a photo editor on the national and international desks of The Associated Press in New York City and a staff photographer with The Daily Journal in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She has been an officer with the National Press Photographers Association and has won numerous state and national awards for her work as a photographer and photo editor.
Office: HU 117A
William Rainbolt, at UAlbany since 1984 (ret. 2011), has directed the Journalism Program twice, from 1984 to 1988, and from 1999 to 2008. He has reported and written for several daily newspapers and as a freelance writer and historical novelist. He was also a member of the Documentary Studies Program and holds a Ph.D. in history.