Ari L. Goldman

Ari L. Goldman has been teaching Reporting and Writing 1, the Columbia Journalism class responsible for the New York Torch, since he came to the school in 1993 from The New York Times. This is his 18th RW1 class. In addition to teaching RW1 in the fall semester, Professor Goldman teaching the popular “Covering Religion” seminar in the spring. The religion class, which is supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation, travels to different countries where religion plays a central role. This spring the class will go to Italy.

Professor Goldman is from Hartford, Conn., and was educated at Yeshiva University, Columbia and Harvard. In addition to his teaching roles, he has served the Journalism School as the dean of students and as acting academic dean. He is the author of three books, including the best-selling memoir “The Search for God at Harvard.”

Rhoda Lipton

Rhoda Lipton is a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She oversees all broadcast media on the New York Torch.

Professor Lipton earned a B.A. and M.A. at New York University before obtaining an M.S. from Columbia. She has worked professionally as a show and series producer and writer for WBAL (Baltimore); an editorial producer, field producer, and writer for WNBC (New York); and a “World News Tonight” field producer, “20/20” segment producer, special events control room producer, coordinating producer and field producer for ABC News.

Lipton has held a Freedom Forum Fellowship and studied in Europe on a Knight International Press Fellowship to Central Europe. She is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships: one to the Slovak Republic and one to Romania.


Rich Schapiro

Rich Schapiro is a staff writer at the New York Daily News. He has worked as a co-editor of the New York Torch for the past two years.

Since joining the Daily News in 2005, Schapiro has reported from Iraq, Chad, Zimbabwe, South Africa, the Bahamas and Serbia. His work has also appeared in Esquire and Wired magazines, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and The Christian Science Monitor.

Schapiro graduated from American University in 2001 with a B.A. in philosophy and went on to live in Japan, where he taught English and worked at the Tokyo Journal magazine. He graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2005.

He has been co-teaching RW1 for the past four years.

Thomas Xenakis

Thomas Xenakis is an editor and post supervisor for television and film. A graduate of the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle/Paris III and of the Brooklyn College Dept of Film, he lived and worked in France before moving to New York nine years ago.

Since then he has worked for, among others, the Eurovision Broadcasting Unit, France Televisions, Paradoxal Productions and the George Soros Foundation. Additionally he was the Program Director of the ESRA NY Film School from 2009-2011.

Thomas currently edits World News with David Muir for ABC News for which he won the Edward R Murrow Award, as well as the Evening News with Scott Pelley for CBS News.

William Brangham

William Brangham is a producer, writer, cameraman and correspondent with over 20 years of experience in documentary and television journalism.  He’s currently working at the PBS news-magazine show “Need to Know.”  Prior to that, he’s worked on projects with Bill Moyers, The New York Times, ABC News, Frontline, and National Geographic.  He’s one of the early-adopters of the producer/shooter style of video-journalism and has been filming his own projects for over twelve years.

Lars Hoel

Lars Hoel is an audio professional with over 35 years of both analog and digital experience in recording, post-production, live broadcast, theater, and audio installations. Hoel produced his first story for National Public Radio in 1972, soon after NPR went on the air. It was a story about skydiving and it ran on “All Things Considered.” Hoel later worked for so many public and commercial radio stations even he’s lost count. He joined the NPR staff in the early 1980s and continued there in various capacities for the next ten years. Most notably, he served as “Morning Edition” executive producer and “Weekend Edition Sunday” producer.

George Bodarky

George Bodarky is the News and Public Affairs Director at WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx.  George is in his first term as President of Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and is Past President of the New York State Associated Press Board of Directors.  He is an award-winning journalist who trains undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham University in multi-platform journalism.  George is widely known for his vocal coaching and journalism training.  Over the years his students have won countless awards and have secured employment as anchors, reporters, writers and producers in commercial and public television and radio outlets across the nation.  George also hosts a weekly radio program called Cityscape, described as an exploration of the people, places and spirit of New York City.  Prior to working at WFUV, George spent many years as an anchor, reporter and news manager in commercial radio and television.

Digital Media Fellow

Eléonore Hamelin

Eléonore Hamelin was part of 2012 team that worked on the New York Torch and covered the Senegalese community. Before coming to Columbia University, Eléonore was shooting a web-documentary in Morocco, about the influence of the Arab Spring on young filmmakers.

Eléonore has a very international background: She was born in France and grew up in Brazil and in Thailand; she recently lived in Mexico City and Hong Kong. She studied at Sciences-Po University in Paris as an undergrad, and has a masters degree from Sciences-Po School of Journalism. Eléonore is currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


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