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The Reynolds Network of Business Journalism Chairs

The Reynolds Network of Business Journalism Chairs is the result of the ongoing commitment of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to the improvement of the nation’s business journalism. Its endowed chairs at Arizona State University, University of Missouri, University of Nevada, Reno and Washington and Lee University are committed to training students at each of their schools for careers in the field of business journalism.

Chairs will also contribute to this site, collaborate on research and make presentations at Reynolds Business Journalism Week each January. The level of sophistication required of today’s business journalists in print, online and broadcast dictates this combined effort by seasoned professionals. Money affects everyone, with economic meltdowns, corporate fraud and changing technologies inevitable components of our present and future. The Reynolds business journalism chairs are committed to helping assure that accuracy, fairness and sophistication are important considerations in all business coverage.


Andrew Leckey was named President of the Reynolds Center and the Reynolds EndAndrewLeckeyMugowed Chair in Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications in spring 2009. His role includes coordination of cooperative work of the chairs. As first Director of the Reynolds Center in 2003, he launched its daylong workshops, online seminars and Barlett & Steele Awards.

Leckey is a long-time syndicated investment columnist for the Chicago Tribune, former CNBC anchor and author or editor of 10 financial books. He received National Association of Investors Corporation’s “Distinguished Award in Investment Education” and was first Director of the Bloomberg Business Journalism Program at University of California, Berkeley. He is a former Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism and serves on its advisory board. He is frequently interviewed on business journalism topics, most recently by The New York Times, The Guardian in the United Kingdom, Newsweek, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS and China’s CC-TV. He has lectured on business journalism in China and Russia.

Andrew Leckey articles:

Pam Luecke was the initial Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, her success at Washington and Lee University paving the way for the naming of subsequent business PamLueckeMugjournalism chairs. She assumed her position in the summer of 2001 and started the concentration in business journalism, bridging the college’s journalism department and the Williams School of Commerce.

Luecke had a 26-year career in daily newspapers and most recently served as editor and senior vice president of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. She also held various editing and reporting positions at The Hartford Courant, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, and the Louisville Times. During her career, she was supervising editor of two projects recognized with Pulitzer Prizes. She was also a Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism at Columbia University.

Luecke remains active in the American Society of Newspaper Editors and will chair its education committee in 2009. She currently chairs the Accrediting Committee for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Pam Luecke’s articles:

Randall Smith was named Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia in summer 2009. His 30-year RandallSmithMugcareer at The Kansas City Star began in 1979, where worked on both the news and business sides. Smith started as a copy editor, rising to the positions of business editor and deputy managing editor, and most recently, to director of strategic development. Smith is a former president of the Society of American Business Writers and Editors (SABEW) and a recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

Smith played a major role in conceiving and raising money for the School’s SABEW endowed chair. He is the vice chair and first non-family member of the board of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships. The author of the book “A Kenyan Journey,” Smith has lectured to classes in China, Africa and the U.S. Active in diversity hiring programs, he played a key role in Knight Ridder’s Rotating Internship Program, which placed more than 250 journalists into newspapers.

Randall Smith’s articles:

Alan Deutschsman Reynolds Chair UNRAlan Deutschman was named Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, in September 2010.

Deutschman, 45, was Fortune’s Silicon Valley bureau chief from 1992-95. He wrote about the valley and other subjects for GQ, New York Magazine, Fast Company and Vanity Fair. One of Deutschman’s four books, “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs,” was about Silicon Valley, and he is at work on a major new book about the valley. Deutschman also has written for TheDailyBeast.com and for Salon.com.

Deutschman will teach business and other journalism courses beginning in January 2011, develop a program in business journalism and research contemporary issues in the subject. Some of the courses will emphasize the coming “green economy” because of its importance to Nevada.

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