Baruch College Announces the Ratner Visiting Business Journalist Program

Fortune Senior Editor Allan Sloan Selected as Visiting Business Journalist


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NEW YORK, NY- June 4, 2013 -- Baruch College’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions is proud to announce the launch of the Ratner Distinguished Visiting Business Journalist Program, which will start in Fall 2013 with Fortune Senior Editor Allan Sloan.

The Ratner Visiting Business Journalist Program, created with a gift from Forest City Ratner Companies, the real estate developer, and Bruce Ratner, will bring to Baruch College each semester a distinguished business journalist to work with journalism students and faculty. This initiative will help to better educate students about the ethical, intellectual and professional obligations of contemporary business journalists.

“I come from a family that has always cherished the written word and in particular the importance of a robust and free press,” said Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies. "We at Forest City are thrilled to support this extraordinary program that will introduce students to some of the most important and influential business journalists in the country.”

Sloan was selected as the first visiting business journalist, and he will spend a week in residence at Baruch College, teaching classes and mentoring students.

Sloan joined Fortune in 2007, after serving as Wall Street editor for Newsweek for 12 years. His Fortune columns also appear in The Washington Post; and he appears on the Marketplace Morning Report on American Public Media radio. He has won seven Loeb awards (the highest honor in business journalism) in four different categories -- newspapers, magazines, commentary and lifetime -- for five different employers -- The Detroit Free Press, Forbes, Newsday, Newsweek  and Fortune - over four decades. Among the awards is the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award. Sloan has also been honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the nation’s largest organization of business journalists.

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About the Department of Journalism and Writing Professions at Baruch

The Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch, located in the nation’s financial capital, is the largest undergraduate journalism program within the CUNY system and its only independent department of journalism. The department has nine full-time faculty members and adjunct faculty drawn from top news organizations in the area.

About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

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