Field of Study
Jeff comes to GVSU from Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, IL, where he was a lecturer. 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.
Introductory, advanced and investigative journalism.
Master’s Certificate in Refugee Trauma, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2011
M.S.J. in Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2003
M.Ed. in Education, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1991
B.A. in History, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1987