NEW PALTZ – Deborah Amos, an award-winning foreign correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), has been named the 2013 James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Amos will join the faculty in the spring of 2013 for a two-week residency of workshops and guest speaking on broadcast and multimedia journalism and international reporting.
Amos’s expertise is in reporting from the Middle East. She has reported extensively on the Arab Spring and sectarian conflicts in the region. In 2012, she was one of the only American journalists allowed into war-torn Syria.
In 2010, she received the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award from Washington State University. She won the 2009 Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University. She was part a team of NPR reporters who won a 2004 Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award for coverage of Iraq.
She has been a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University and a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She was a visiting professor at Princeton University in 2012.
Amos started her journalism career at NPR in 1977 as a director for Weekend All Things Considered. From 1979-1985, she worked on radio documentaries. Her 1982 documentary, “Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown,” won several awards, including a Dupont-Columbia Award and the Prix Italia. From 1985 until 1993, she reported for NPR from London and the Middle East.
Amos then spent a decade in television news, reporting for ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight and PBS’s Now with Bill Moyers and Frontline.
Amos is the author of “Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle” East (Public Affairs, 2010) and “Lines in the Sand: Desert Storm and the Remaking of the Arab World” (Simon and Schuster, 1992).
Eleven well-known journalists have preceded Amos as Ottaway professors. Four have been Pulitzer Prize winners, including Renée C. Byer, a photographer for The Sacramento Bee; former New York Times investigative reporter and columnist Sydney Schanberg; Bernard Stein, an editorial writer with The Riverdale Press in the Bronx; and John Darnton, a former Times foreign correspondent.
Other past Ottaway professors were New York Times investigative reporter Andrew Lehren; award-winning broadcast journalist and media consultant John Larson; Ann Cooper, a former NPR reporter who headed the Committee to Protect Journalists; Byron E. Calame, a longtime Wall Street Journal editor and reporter who has served as The New York Times’ public editor; Roger Kahn, the author of 20 books and one of America’s foremost literary journalists; Trudy Lieberman, one of America’s best consumer reporters; and Martin Gottlieb, the global edition editor of The New York Times.
The Ottaway 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.