Christopher Callahan is the founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, vice provost of the Downtown Phoenix Campus and CEO of Arizona PBS. Under Callahan's leadership, the Cronkite School has transformed into a national journalism leader known for its focus on multimedia journalism, innovation and entrepreneurship, intensive professional experiences and partnerships with news outlets. Cronkite has become a leader in providing news content to local, regional and national news organizations as well as directly to consumers through a series of innovative programs on all platforms. The school has been the centerpiece of recent articles about U.S. journalism education in The New York Times and The Times of London. Over the past six years, Cronkite students have had the nation's best record in the major intercollegiate journalism competitions – the Hearst Awards and the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Awards – and have won consecutive Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. In 2010, Callahan was named the Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Administrator of the Year. In 2011, he was appointed vice provost of the university's Phoenix campus and became the first journalism dean to join the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors. Callahan is the author of "A Journalist's Guide to the Internet," now in its third edition. In 2004, he led a joint study by Maryland and UNITY: Journalists of Color Inc. that explored the lack of racial diversity in the Washington press corps. Before entering journalism education, Callahan was a correspondent for The Associated Press in Washington and New England. He holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University's College of Communication.
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