Bill Drummond

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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.

Published Stories & Highlights:

Inmates’ Newspaper Covers a World Behind San Quentin’s Walls
NY Times
The San Quentin News — which was recently honored by a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for “accomplishing extraordinary journalism under extraordinary circumstances” — is hardly a typical newspaper.
California's Urban Forests in Desert Settings

For Soundprint, Professor Bill Drummond travels out West from mountains to shore to ask: When are trees beneficial and when are they not? This 25-minute program airs as part of Soundprint's ongoing series, Tales from Urban Forests. The program broadcasts nationally on NPR beginning June 2.

Equipping Journalists with Tools for Emotional Balance
Nieman Reports

For Nieman Reports, Professor William Drummond writes about a class he taught in Spring 2004 on "Emotional Balance for Working Journalists.

The Haves and Have Nots
Marketplace Radio

For Marketplace Radio, Professor William Drummond produces a radio piece on Marketplace Radio and KQED-FM examining the shrinking endowment at UC and other institutions of higher learning.

Arc of Crisis
SoundPrint Radio

For SoundPrint Radio, Professor William Drummond produces a public radio documentary about teaching the "Arc of Crisis" class - a course that trained students to bring more context and meaning to reporting about the terrorist attacks and the Middle East.

Classroom Cool
SoundPrint Radio

For SoundPrint Radio, Professor William Drummond produces a radio documentary on how technology is being jammed into all levels of the U.S. educational system

What We Teach
Graduate School of Journalism

For The Graduate School of Journalism, Professor William Drummond writes about how eleven Berkeley journalism students in the Spring 1998 Semester embarked on an experiment to rediscover the roots of community reporting.

Other Works:

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.