Boston Globe Reporters Richard Lehr and Mitchell Zuckoff Join Boston University Journalism Faculty

in College of Communication, News Releases, University Affairs
September 15th, 2003

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(Boston, Mass.) — Award-winning Boston Globe investigative reporters and authors Richard Lehr and Mitchell Zuckoff have joined the faculty of Boston University’s College of Communication as visiting professors. Journalism Department Chairman Professor Robert Zelnick said the two, in addition to teaching, are making a book tour this fall promoting the just-published “Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind The Dartmouth Murders” (HarperCollins), which they co-authored.

“These appointments add depth to our growing reservoir of professional experience from which students can profit. We are absolutely delighted to have two journalists of the caliber of Dick Lehr and Mitch Zuckoff join the faculty,” said Zelnick, a former ABC News correspondent. “I am counting on them to assist seniors and graduate students in undertaking major feature and investigatory assignments and in finding professional markets for the publication of their work.”

Lehr and Zuckoff, who shared Pulitzer Prize finalist honors in 1997 as members of the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” investigative team, each will teach several undergraduate courses at BU and organize special projects for investigative journalism students, said Zelnick. Zuckoff also will teach a graduate-level introductory journalism course. Lehr, an attorney, also will teach a media law and ethics course.

An 18-year veteran of the Boston Globe where he won numerous writing awards, Lehr also co-authored with Globe colleague Gerard O’Neill “Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal,” and “The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family.” He served as a Connecticut deputy assistant state’s attorney in 1984 after working as a reporter for the Hartford Courant and the Old Lyme (Conn.) Gazette. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a law degree from the University of Connecticut, and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Zuckoff, who also won numerous national writing awards in his 13 years in a variety of news, business, and special projects assignments at the Boston Globe, earlier was a reporter with the States News Service, the Associated Press, and the Bridgeport (Conn.) Post. He is the author of “Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey” and currently is under contract to write a book about Charles Ponzi and his eponymous scheme. Zuckoff earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, was a McIntyre Fellow in Journalism at the University of Missouri, and is currently also a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Administration.

Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. The College of Communications has more than 2,500 students enrolled in its Departments of Journalism; Film and Television; and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations.

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