Journalism and the Writing Professions
Phone: (646) 312-4338
Location: VC 7-253
As one of the department’s online experts, Prof. Vera Haller has been instrumental in updating the journalism curriculum to prepare students for the new realities of the news business. She created the department’s first course in multimedia reporting, which introduces students to storytelling across platforms by integrating text, photos, audio and video. She also helped oversee the creation of a high-tech multimedia laboratory/classroom for the department.
Professor Haller remains active as a journalist, contributing regularly to the Greater New York section The Wall Street Journal and the real estate section of The New York Times. She also writes about the local arts scene for The Huffington Post's New York site. She has reported and produced multimedia stories -- including video, podcasts and audio-photo features -- for news Web sites such as nytimes.com and worldpoliticsreview.com. She has also written for The Columbia Journalism Review and The Gotham Gazette.
Before joining the faculty at Baruch, Professor Haller was the editor in chief of amNewYork, a daily newspaper published by the Tribune Company, where she shaped coverage for more than 300,000 readers. Before moving to amNewYork, Professor Haller was editor of NYNewsday.com, Newsday’s Web site devoted to New York City news. A founding staff members, she helped launch the award-winning site after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At NYNewsday.com, Professor Haller practiced all aspects of online journalism – from updating the site with breaking news to shooting and editing video reports to producing large multimedia features. Professor Haller won a New York Press Club Front Page Award in 2005 for a Web feature about the subway system’s centennial.
She began her journalism career at The Associated Press, where she was a reporter and editor in its New York bureau. She spent many years as a court reporter, covering such cases as Leona Helmsley’s tax evasion trial, the racketeering trial of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos and various insider-trading and Mafia prosecutions. She also covered a wide range of stories in areas of crime, politics, fashion and culture.
During the 1990s, Professor Haller worked overseas, including four years as a reporter for Reuters in Rome, where she covered stories about political corruption, the Vatican and Italian arts and culture. While in Rome, she contributed articles to The Washington Post on a regular basis.
Moving to Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1998, she established a freelance career, publishing articles in USA Today, Newsweek, Forbes International and The International Herald Tribune, among other publications. She wrote about the AIDS crisis in southern Africa and the transition to a post-apartheid democracy. She also co-wrote the content for Time Out’s Web site on Johannesburg. Returning to New York, Professor Haller worked as a writer for CNN before joining Newsday.
She is a graduate of Boston University. She speaks Italian and German.