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Innovation in Local News

  • NYU Steinhardt, Media, Culture and Communication 239 Greene Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Local news has been a launching pad for so many great journalism careers. Hear about the latest innovations and opportunities in local news and the creative ways regional outlets are engaging with their communities. RSVP



Garry Pierre-Pierre, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, multi-media and entrepreneurial journalist, is host of  “Independent Sources” on CUNY TV and a senior producer. He helped found the City University Graduate School of Journalism‘s Center for Community and Ethnic Media.

He is also the founder of The Haitian Times, and spent six years as a staff reporter at The New York Times. A native of Haiti, Pierre-Pierre is the author of 30 Seconds...The Quake that destroyed Haiti, a book of photography that illustrates the wreckage of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. 



Jim Schachter is responsible for an enterprise-focused radio and digital newsroom, as well as programs and websites including, The Brian Lehrer Show, On The Media, Radio Rookies, SchoolBook, Transportation Nation, and other products of WNYC’s award-winning news team. 

He joined WNYC in 2012 after almost 17 years at The New York Times, where he rose to the position of associate managing editor after serving as a senior editor in the business and culture departments and at The New York Times Magazine.

At The New York Times, he launched a wide range of initiatives, including India Ink, a news blog based in New Delhi; The Choice, a blog about college admissions; an e-book publishing program; The Local, a hyperlocal news pilot teaming the paper with leading journalism schools and community residents; The Carpetbagger, a blog about the movie awards season; and local news pages published in copies of The New York Times sold in the Bay Area, Chicago and Texas.

Before joining The New York Times in 1995, he was a reporter/editor for The Los Angeles TimesThe Kansas City Star and The Jacksonville Journal

Jim and his wife, Pamela, live in Summit, N.J. They have four children ranging in age from 12 to 25.



Liena was born in Latvia, then part of the Soviet Union. After graduating from LSE with a degree in Economics, Liena worked for the IFC in Central and Eastern Europe, on a variety of investment projects.

Seeing what unfettered development can do to cities led her to pursue a degree in Urban Planning from NYU and to start a Ditmas Park Blog in 2007 — one of the earliest online neighborhood news sites in the city covering the bit of Flatbush where she had settled with her family in 2005. After selling the sites to AOL, Liena briefly worked for Patch, leaving in 2012 to start Corner Media to provide neighbors with community news through Ditmas Park Corner and its sister sites in a manner that would serve the needs of the neighborhoods best. They have since all become



Sarah Bartlett became Dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York on Jan. 1, 2014. She joined CUNY in 2002 as the Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism at Baruch College.

She moved to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2006, after serving on its founding curriculum committee. She created and oversaw both the Urban Reporting and the Business & Economics subject concentrations and helped found the school’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media. She remains a board member of CUNY TV’s foundation.

Dean Bartlett’s journalism career began in 1979, when she joined a documentary film company in London as a research assistant. In 1981, she returned to the United States and began covering business as a researcher/reporter at Fortune magazine. She then moved to BusinessWeek, where she served as a staff reporter and an associate editor from 1983 to 1988, and an assistant managing editor from 1992 to 1998. She was also a reporter at The New York Times from 1988 to 1992, covering urban affairs, business and financial issues, a contributing editor at Inc. magazine, and the editor-in-chief of Oxygen Media.

Along with hundreds of articles, she has written two books, Schools of Ground Zero: Early Lessons Learned in Children’s Environmental Health (2002), co-authored with John Petrarca, and The Money Machine: How KKR Manufactured Power and Profits (1991).

She received her B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from the University of Sussex in England.