Jeff Kelly Lowenstein
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, assistant professor of multimedia journalism, is the current Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Professor of Civil Discourse. Professor Kelly Lowenstein will teach a course, "Journalism and Global Civil Discourse," in the fall semester and work with students to host a public symposium and other events focused on the implications of misinformation and what he called the rising tension from an international assault on democracy and civil discourse. "We will look at the what, why and how these attacks on journalists and spread of fake news are happening, the impact of this, and what we can do about it," he said.
Before coming to Grand Valley, professor Kelly Lowenstein lectured at Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, IL. Prior to his position there, he worked for a weekly newspaper on Chicago’s South Side, did investigative work around race and poverty issues for a bimonthly magazine in Chicago and was the first database and investigative editor at Hoy Chicago, the Chicago Tribune Company’s Spanish-language newspaper. He is a Fulbright Scholar (Chile 2013), Specialist (New Zealand 2015) and Teacher (South Africa 1995). His research focuses on telling stories about vulnerable individuals and communities that would otherwise not be told and on building collaborations to heighten quality and maximize impact. His recent projects include a compilation of his favorite blog posts, an expose' of a reverse mortgage/home repair scam and a yearlong investigation into nursing home abuses.
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