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My focus has turned from Ghanian salt harvesters to US veterans. Last summer I started interviewing veterans in the Navajo Nation. I met a code talker, a green beret and several vets from Iraq. The conversation kept turning to PTSD and how damaged they were when they returned home. Their problems were compounded by unemployment and lack of housing. Despite that, their spirituality and love of the land was inspiring. This project is also expanding to include disabled veterans who use service dogs. BTW, NewsDoc students are about to switch to HD using the new JVC GY-HM100U camera.
Aside from teaching, and hanging out with my 20 month old son, I serve as the executive producer of "Heart of the City" - a new prime time documentary series that airs on the cable network BET. "Heart of the City" focuses on serious issues impacting African-Americans. Our first hour aired in September and examined the alarming dropout crisis among black youth in Detroit's public school system. In November we will air a second hour that will illuminate the rising rate of obesity in the black community. At its core each episode of "Heart of the City" is about people facing adversity and people working to find solution for themselves and their community.
Note: Jason Samuels won a first place jury prize from the New York Association of Black Journalists for his BET documentary "Detroit's Drop-out Factories" - a troubling look at the tragic drop-out rate of African-American students in America's urban public schools.
After nearly 40 years working as a broadcast journalist I am thrilled to be teaching at New York University. I have found my interaction with students to be most stimulating and rewarding. When not teaching I work as an investor and adviser to new media companies. I am also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, writing about politics, business and media. In addition, I am a weekly panelist for "The Strategy Room" which is streamed on foxnews.com. I am currently Chairman of the Board of the Mental Health Association of New York City, and a Trustee of Gracie Square Hospital and Columbia College. I am a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
My journalism career spans three networks, four decades and six continents. I spent twenty-five years at CBS as a news producer and senior executive. I was a producer for the CBS Evening News covering the White House as well as major international news stories. I became the CBS News Washington Bureau Chief and then I was promoted to New York as executive in charge of news programming and news coverage. I supervised 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, The CBS Evening News, Sunday Morning and several other programs.
Fox News recruited me to be its President in 1995. There I put together the core news organization and created Fox News Sunday.
I then became the founder and head of Telemundo News, a US based Spanish language network. There I created several programs, including two news magazines and its first ever weekend newscast. When Telemundo was acquired by NBC in 2003, I became part of the NBC News management team. I resigned from Telemundo, based in Miami, after more than seven years of weekly commutes between my office and my home in New York. I have since focused on new media platforms and content providers.
Jane Stone has worked over the past 17 years investigating everything from corporate negligence at Fortune 500 companies to bogus retirement homes to the trafficking in endangered species by the country's prestigious zoos.
She has investigated hazardous abortion clinics, explored Pat Robertson's religious and political philosophy, and profiled a dangerously overcrowded public hospital.
Her investigations have changed laws, shut down shoddy companies and increased workplace safety standards. They have also helped shed light on important public policy issues.
She has won three national Emmys including one for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, as well as three regional Emmys, an Ohio State Award, a DuPont-Columbia Award, a Peabody, and the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for Excellence in National Affairs Reporting.
She was a producer for 60 Minutes, West 57th, PBS Frontline, Dateline NBC and the CNN Special Assignment Unit. She also helped start Court-TV, and in the last few years has developed a strong interest in legal journalism. She recently was awarded the American Bar Association Gavel Award for educating the public about important legal issues. Professor Stone continues to produce stories for Dateline NBC.
Adrian Mihai is Broadcast studio coordinator and an adjunct professor in the Journalism Institute.A videographer and multimedia designer, Adrian Mihai brings an inquisitive perspective that combines flexibility and experimentation in exploring the convergence of the two mediums.
Born in Romania, he maintained cultural links with his former country and produced four documentaries. The first one, E Pluribus Unum (1994), investigates the spiritual milieu of first generation immigrants from Romania, as they become integrated into the various folds of the American society. The second one, Someone Has Killed The Sphinx (1995), offers an analysis of Romanian social realities following the overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship, as seen through the staging of "Oedipus", at the Romanian National Opera House, by Andrei Serban.
In 1996 he produced and shot a video diary, perpetuum mobile, shot during a driving trip from New York to the shore of the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska. Following this, Adrian Mihai completed his fourth project, Quo Vadis? (1997), an analysis of the new consensus found in the American-Romanian community in support of Romania's accession to NATO.
1998 brought a fifth project, Crossroads (1998), a 78-minute video that takes a look at Columbia University's Graduate Acting Program, created and steered by renowned Romanian director Andrei Serban. In 2001 Mihai completed E Biagoresqo Drom / The Endless Journey, a 109-minute documentary about the Roma/Gypsy communities of Romania.