Bill Drummond


William J. Drummond’s career includes stints at The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, where he covered the civil rights movement, and the Los Angeles Times, where he was a local reporter, then bureau chief in New Delhi and Jerusalem and later a Washington correspondent. Drummond was appointed a White House Fellow in 1976 by Gerald R. Ford, worked briefly for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and eventually became associate press secretary to President Jimmy Carter. In 1977 he joined NPR and became the founding editor of “Morning Edition.” Drummond has been honored with a National Press Club Foundation Award, the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for Journalism Excellence, and the Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Black Condition from the National Association of Black Journalists. At Berkeley he served two consecutive terms as Chair of the Academic Senate, 2006-08. His research interest lies in exploring the implications of mass incarceration in California and nationally. Since 2012 he has been an adviser to the San Quentin News, which was awarded in 2014 the James Madison Freedom of Information Award by the Society for Professional Journalists of Northern California. Drummond holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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The San Francisco Chronicle writes about the "Emotional Balance for Working Journalists" class taught in Spring 2004 by Prof. Drummond  Read more...

Prof. Drummond goes on a NASA laser mapping mission as part of a radio documentary on coastal erosion.