Wagner College's professor of journalism Claire Regan became the president-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) last September 2021. Regan has been teaching at Wagner for more than 30 years and also advises the nationally recognized student newspaper, The Wagnerian.
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists, first founded as the Sigma Delta Chi fraternity in 1909, and eventually becoming the SPJ in its current form as a professional organization in 1960. It supports journalists and advocates for freedom of speech and high ethical standards for journalists.
Regan has been an active member of SPJ for many years. Soon after becoming the president-elect, she hosted a forum with the acting director and the editor of Voice of America (VOA) about editorial independence in January 2022. You can watch that conversation [here on YouTube].
More recently, in March 2022, she interviewed one of America's most famous and well-respected journalists, Bob Woodward. Woodward is most well-known for his investigative journalism that uncovered the infamous Watergate scandal in 1972. In addition to his many books, Woodward has also been the subject of several films, including the film named after his own book, All the President's Men.
In her interview, Regan touches on these past accomplishments as well as his new book, Peril, about the troubled transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration. You can watch that conversation [here on YouTube].