Two new faculty members join the UConn Journalism Department faculty for the 2013–14 school year. They are Steven G. Smith and Mike Stanton.
Steven G. Smith is a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer from Colorado. Smith won the Pulitzer as part of a group award for breaking news photography of wildfires, Rocky Mountain News, 2003.
Smith received an American Master Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, won Pictures of the Year International awards 10 times (five individual and five group), won the portfolio award from the Society of News Design, as well as many other awards.
His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Time, National Geographic, MSNBC.com, ABC News 20/20, and many more. His work been on exhibit around the world, including the Newseum, Sydney Opera House, International Photography Hall of Fame, Poynter, London, Osaka, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and South Africa.
He worked for The Herald (Puyallup, Wash.), The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, Albuquerque Tribune, and the Rocky Mountain News, doing photography, videography and design.
He taught full-time for two years at Northwest College in Wyoming and for the last four years he has been an associate professor at Isaacson School of New Media in Colorado.
He holds BA’s from Eastern Washington University with emphases in graphic communications and secondary education. His masters is from the School of Visual Communications at Ohio University. See some of his work at www.stevengsmith.com.
Mike Stanton joins the UConn Journalism faculty from the Providence Journal, where he most recently headed up the news organization’s investigations team. In 1994, Stanton won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative reporting ( team coverage of corruption in the court system), as well as the IRE medal. Stanton is the author of “The Prince of Providence” (Random House), which was a 2004 New York Times bestseller and critically acclaimed.
He has been honored with the master reporter award for career achievement from the New England Newspaper Association (1997), a SABEW first place award (2012), the Sevellon Brown Award for Public Service from New England AP News Executives Association (2010), their first-place award for investigative reporting (2012), among other awards.
He has worked at the Paterson (N.J.) News, the San Jose Mercury, the Associated Press, and the Providence Journal, where he has led the investigative team since 1995. His freelance work has appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, the Boston Globe, Yankee and the Washington Post.
He taught journalism part-time for three years at Roger Williams University and for 10 summers at Brown University. He was a lecturer at Stanford University in 1995–96, while he was a Knight Fellow there. He holds a B.S. in political science and magazine journalism from Syracuse and an MSJ in journalism and urban studies from Northwestern. Follow him on Twitter at
Listen to Stanton talk about the future of investigative reporting on Rhode Island Public Radio (Aug. 15, 2013):