Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 


 
Beth Knobel

Ph.D., Harvard University
 
Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 454
Office hours: Mondays and Thursdays 1:00-2:00 or by appointment
(718) 817-5041
knobel@fordham.edu
Twitter: bethknobel
        

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Journalism
Television News Innovators (undergraduate)
Broadcast Innovators (graduate)
Journalism Workshop
Writing Television and Radio News 
Television Production (BronxNet)
Introduction to Press, Politics and Public Policy
 

Beth Knobel had a 20-year long career as a journalist before joining Fordham University in 2007. She brings experience in all major areas of journalism—newspapers, magazines, television, radio and Internet--to her classes. From 1999 to 2006, she was the Moscow Bureau Chief for CBS News. In nine years at CBS, she worked as both an on-air correspondent as well as a producer.  She is a recipient of an Emmy award for coverage of the 2002 Moscow theater siege, and Edward R. Murrow and Sigma Delta Chi awards for coverage of the 2004 Beslan school siege. She still works as a freelance producer for CBS News.

Dr. Knobel spent 14 years total living in Moscow, where she worked for The Los Angeles Times, the television news agency Worldwide Television News, and the production company Feature Story before joining CBS News.  Earlier in her career, she worked for The New York Times and Ladies‘ Home Journal magazine, and during her student days edited The Columbia Daily Spectator and Governance: The Harvard Journal of Public Policy.  Dr. Knobel received masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from Harvard University, and her bachelors in political science from Barnard College, Columbia University.

In 2010, Dr. Knobel co-authored a guidebook for young journalists with CBS News legend Mike Wallace, Heat and Light: Advice for the Next Generation of Journalists. She is currently writing a new book on how watchdog reporting has fared in the internet era. She also is studying the influence of the internet and social media on politics in Russia.

At Fordham, Dr. Knobel teaches hands-on courses in all areas of journalism, journalism history, and political communication. Starting in the fall of 2012, she will be teaching in Fordham college at Rose Hill's Manresa Program, where select freshmen take a small seminar in their proposed major. She was honored in 2012 with the first Fordham college at Rose Hill Research Mentorship Award in the social science, for involving undergraduates in her research. In 2010, Dr. Knobel received a Beacon Exemplar Award from Fordham's United Student Government. She serves as the advisor to the Rose Hill student newspaper, The Ram.

Outside of Fordham, Dr. Knobel currently serves as a judge for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, as a trustee of the Columbia Daily Spectator, and on the community advisory board of New York Public Radio, which runs WNYC and WQXR. She also blogs for the Huffington Post.

 
Selected Publications:
“How Watchdog Reporting in US Newspapers is Changing During these Challenging Economic Times,” paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Phoenix AZ, May 2012
“Samizdat 2.0: The Dymovskii Case and the Use of Streaming Video As a Political Tool in Contemporary Russia,” with Jonathan Sanders, paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Phoenix AZ, May 2012
“Samizdat 2.0: The Dymovskii Case and the Use of Streaming Video As a Political Tool in Contemporary Russia,” with Jonathan Sanders, International Journal of E-Politics, 3(1), 26-41, January-March 2012
Heat and Light: Advice for the Next Generation of Journalists (Three Rivers Press, an imprint of Random House), 2010.
“The Dymovskii Effect,” paper delivered “The Etiology and Ecology of Post-Soviet Communication” conference, Columbia University, May 2010.
“Journalists in Peril,” in Battleground: The Media (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2008).
“Master of a Fading Craft” on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Edward R. Murrow, The International Herald-Tribune, April 25, 2008
“Boris Yeltsin: Frustrating the Media," Harvard Journal of Press-Politics, 1998
Red Star Rising: Coverage of Mikhail Gorbachev by US Network Television 1984-86, Doctoral Dissertation, Harvard University, 1992

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