Susan Rasky (Sr. Lecturer)
Susan Rasky was the congressional correspondent for The New York Times. A winner of a George Polk Award for National Reporting, she began her career in Washington, D.C., covering economic policy for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. and later reported for Reuters from Capitol Hill and the White House. Rasky was a columnist and contributing editor for the California Journal as well as a frequent political commentator for the Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee and NPR. She established and supervises the J-School’s California News Service, which gives students experience covering government and politics for news organizations throughout the country. She joined the faculty in 1991. Rasky received her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.
Bob Calo (Senior Lecturer)
Bob Calo began his career in television at KQED in San Francisco, where he produced daily news and documentaries for the local and national PBS audience. He moved to New York to join ABC News “Primetime Live,” and then to NBC News as a broadcast producer. Calo produced stories throughout the U.S. and foreign countries, including assignments in Pakistan, Chile, Croatia, Kenya, and Somalia. His work has been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, IRE, and National Headliner awards, among others. As an independent producer, he produced a documentary profile of the late landscape historian J.B. Jackson for PBS. Calo joined the faculty in 2001 and continues to write and produce for the national broadcast audience. In 2008, while on leave, he served as National Director of News21. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s in broadcast communication arts from San Francisco State University.
Lydia Chavez (Professor and Robert A. Peck Chair in Journalism)
Lydia Chávez started as a reporter for The Albuquerque Tribune, later moving on to Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, where she served as El Salvador and South American bureau chief. In 2005, Chávez and her students collaborated to publish “Capitalism, God and A Good Cigar: Cuba Enters the Twenty-First Century” (Duke University Press). And in 1998, Chávez published, “The Color Bind: California’s Battle Against Affirmative Action,” which won the Leonard Silk Award (UC Press). She has also written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Examiner and magazine pieces for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazines and George Magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Bill Drummond (Professor)
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. His research interest lies in incorporating stress-reduction techniques into journalism education. He 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.
Solnit (UCB MJ '84), who writes regularly for Tom Englehardt's Tomdispatch, the London Review of Books, and Orion magazine, has worked as an editor, environmental journalist, museum researcher, and art critic. She has eight books in print, including three dealing with different eras of San Francisco history, from the 1870s to the dot-com boom. Her 2003 River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, the Lynton Prize for the “book-length work of history that best combines intellectual or scholarly distinction with felicity of expression” from Harvard's Nieman Center and Columbia School of Journalism, the Society for the History of Technology's annual book prize, and several other awards.