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This is an announcement I’ve been looking forward to making. Former Washington Post ombudsman and JSchool alum Andy Alexander will return to campus as the Scripps Howard Visiting Professional.

As noted in the announcement released today (see below), Andy will teach for us as well as work with WOUB and the Voinovich School on various initiatives.

This past summer I sat down with Andy in his Washington Post office to talk about his experiences at OU as an undergraduate journalism student.

Press Release:

The award-winning journalist will work directly with Dean Gregory Shepherd on creating and implementing innovation plans, with the WOUB Center for Public Media as head of an alumni taskforce to redefine and to modernize the Center, and he will serve as the Scripps Howard Visiting Professional in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

In doing so, Alexander will be the primary liaison between the Scripps College and the Voinovich School. He also will work to build partnerships with other parts of the university. He will focus on partnerships in public policy and strategic leadership.

The taskforce will issue recommendations on how the Center can implement futuristic media techniques and models to better serve an expanding audience in this region. The group also will make recommendations to the director and dean about restructuring the Center to modernize its scope and operations.

Alexander also will serve as the Scripps Howard Visiting Professional in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. While performing his other duties, he will be teaching specialized courses within the journalism school.

He began his reporting career with Cox Newspapers in Dayton and was transferred to the Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau in 1976. He has reported from Washington, D.C. and from over 50 countries.

In 1997, Alexander became Cox Washington Bureau Chief overseeing 25 staffers along with six foreign and two domestic bureaus. He served in that position for 12 years.

He also serves on the board of the American Society of News Editors and has chaired its Freedom of Information Committee. He is a strong proponent of public records, sunshine laws and First Amendment freedoms.

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