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New York Times editor named 7th Ottaway professor


The college has announced that Martin Gottlieb, an award-winning investigative reporter and long-time editor at The New York Times, will serve as the seventh James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism.

Gottlieb will bring more than 35 years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor to the New Paltz classroom.

Gottlieb's resume includes such positions as reporter for The New York Daily News, editor of The Village Voice and editor and reporter for The Times. He is currently associate managing editor at The New York Times in charge of the newsroom on weekends and shapes the Sunday and Monday news reports.

"Gottlieb has done it all," said Professor Robert Miraldi (Communication and Media). "He has worked the streets of New York City. He has investigated high-level corruption, and he has made decisions about what will grace the pages of the world's most important newspaper. Students can learn so much from his experiences."

The spring semester class will examine the characteristics of quality journalism at a time when an intensifying 24-hour news cycle can make it easy to overlook them. Balance, context, skepticism, resourceful and investigative reporting, informed advocacy, elegant and original writing and fair-minded packaging are among the topics that will be considered.

Gottlieb follows a long line of wellknown journalists who have held the Ottaway Professorship, including three Pulitzer Prize winners and a famous American author. Gottlieb "continues New Paltz's tradition of bringing passionate journalists who have worked at the highest levels of the profession," said College President Steven Poskanzer in making the announcement.

Gottlieb said he aims to help students "focus on the best journalistic practices, ones that ought to serve as bedrocks and guideposts at a time of enormous change in the profession."

A graduate of Queens College with a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, Gottlieb taught political and governmental reporting at Columbia for more than 20 years.

The journalist also served as the Gannett visiting professor of journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 1989-90.

The Ottaway Professorship is named for the founder of Ottaway Newspapers Inc. and was made possible by a gift from James Ottaway Jr.