Meet the James H. Ottaway Visiting Professor of Journalism

2014 James H. Ottaway Visiting Professor of Journalism Sonia Shah will be introduced to the campus community on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Honors Center in College Hall. President Christian will interview Shah about her life and journalism career. The event is free and open to the public.

Shah is an investigative journalist who covers science, human rights, and international politics. She is the author of several critically acclaimed and prize-winning books, including The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients (New Press, 2006) and Crude: The Story of Oil (Seven Stories Press, 2004). Her latest book, The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux, July 2010), is based on five years of original reportage in Cameroon, Malawi, Panama, and elsewhere. Shah also served as the editor of the anthology Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire (South End Press, 1997).

A former writing fellow of the Nation Institute and the Puffin Foundation, Shah is a frequent keynote speaker, and has lectured at universities and colleges across the country. Her writings on science, global health, and politics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesScientific American, and Foreign Affairs among other publications. Her work has been supported by The Nation Investigative Fund and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

Shah is teaching a journalism seminar this semester called “Science, Environment, and Disease: New Approaches to Science Journalism.”

If you have questions about Tuesday’s event, please email Lisa Phillips at

About the Professorship

The James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professorship, SUNY New Paltz’s only endowed professorship, is named for the founder of Ottaway Newspapers Inc., now the Dow Jones Local Media Group, which operates print and online community media franchises in seven states. The flagship newspaper of the chain is the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y. For more information, visit .

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