Errol Louis, one of the city’s preeminent journalists, has been named the next director of the Urban Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He will succeed Sarah Bartlett, founder of the urban subject concentration who will become dean of the CUNY J-School on Jan. 1, 2014.
“Louis stole the show during this year’s election season, moderating 13 mayoral debates, asking tough questions of candidates on his nightly NY1 show, writing compelling columns for the New York Daily News and engaging actively with his audience on Twitter, Tumblr and other social media platforms,” Bartlett said. In November 2010 The Village Voice named him the city’s best newspaper columnist and radio show host.
Louis also co-edited “Deadline Artists” (2011), and “Deadline Artists: Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs” (2012), anthologies of America’s best newspaper columns. He has also been a CNN contributor since 2008.
“The Journalism School has been fortunate to have Errol as a professor in the Urban Reporting Program for the last three years,” Bartlett said. His previous teaching experience includes stints at Pratt University, Hunter College, Long Island University and New York University.
Although he will continue to host his nightly NY1 show, he will be a regular presence during the day at the Journalism School, where he will join the other core urban reporting professors: Greg David, Tom Robbins and Doug Muzzio.
A native New Yorker, Louis has a B.A. in government from Harvard University, an M.A. in political science from Yale University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.