As executive editor of the Oakland (CA) Tribune, he helped shepherd the paper to a Pulitzer for its 1989 earthquake coverage. Earlier he served for a decade as national correspondent and bureau chief for The Washington Post in New York and Los Angeles.
He was the author of "Prayers for Bobby," a non-fiction account of a family coping with a gay son's suicide, now in development for a television movie.
In 1990 he founded the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), whose 1,300 members in 23 chapters work with the news industry toward fairer coverage. He was a founding Board member of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, a prime source of training for multicultural newsrooms.
In 1991 he and Geoffrey Cowan, now the Annenberg Schools dean, wrote the documentary play "Top Secret: the Battle for the Pentagon Papers." The play won a gold medal from the Committee for Public Broadcasting when aired on NPR.
He wrote the libretto for the opera, Monticello, about the affair between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2000 and 2001.
Sheila Murphy () is an associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Psychology at USC. She received her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 1990. Her research focuses on how individuals make decisions and the factors that influence them. Some of her most recent research includes:
She has been a staff writer, editor and columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, and The Associated Press. Her freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, BusinessWeek Online, Women's Wire, Hispanic Business, Latina, Latina Style, Latin Girl, Columbia Journalism Review and American Journalism Review magazines.
She is co-author of The Latino Guide to Personal Money Management, which was published by Bloomberg Press in May 1999, and was released in Spanish by Seven Stories Press in 2001.
Ms. Castañeda holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and international relations from USC, and a master's degree in international political economy from Columbia University, where she also was awarded a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in business and economics reporting. She is part of an Annenberg team investigating press coverage of the recent Los Angeles mayoral election.
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