Joel Kaplan Biography

F.O.C.U.S. Forum Presenter
December 16, 2016

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Professor Joel Kaplan is Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Studies and Acting Director of the Online Master’s Program in Communication at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

He has served as ombudsman for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and was responsible for reinforcing objectivity, balance, fairness and transparency within the organization’s public media.

He covered city hall for The Chicago Tribune and was a member of the newspaper’s investigative team. From 1979 to 1986 he was a reporter for The Tennessean in Nashville, where he covered state legislature. He was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism.

He is co-author of “Murder of Innocence: The Tragic Life and Final Rampage of Laurie Dann” (Warner Books, 1991), the movie version of which was originally broadcast on CBS.

Kaplan was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Journalism Fellow at Yale Law School, where he received a master’s degree in the study of law. He also earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois.

He is a former treasurer and board member of Investigative Reporters & Editors.

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