The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking an Executive Producer for its new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. The Howard Center, funded through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, is the centerpiece of the nation’s first master’s degree devoted exclusively to investigative reporting.

The Executive Producer should be an expert visual storyteller who will work with Cronkite School leadership and faculty as well as interdisciplinary partners from ASU’s colleges of Business, Law, Engineering, Computer Science and Liberal Arts, to help develop and deliver an immersive, innovative and hands-on newsroom experience.

Reporting to the Howard Center Executive Editor, the Executive Producer will help oversee in-depth, multimedia student investigations as part of the school’s new Master of Arts in Investigative Journalism. The Center will partner with national print, broadcast and digital media outlets across the country for publication of student projects.

Required Qualifications

  • Five years of experience in investigative journalism at the national or major market level
  • Significant experience in visual storytelling, especially investigative documentaries
  • Experience with the technical requirements and best practices for production of professional video and audio
  • Bachelor’s degree

Desired qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to direct visual journalists in the field
  • Demonstrated experience producing non-narrative and documentary-style storytelling
  • Exceptional investigative and story-telling skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability work with and mentor young people
  • Ability to work with academic experts in other disciplines to help develop the Howard Center’s unique interdisciplinary program
  • A collaborative, optimistic newsroom partner who can energize top-tier graduate students
  • A diversity of background and language skills, especially Spanish

This is a full-time appointment and holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.

For best consideration, please submit applications by April 12, or if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

To apply, send a letter of interest, a resume and links to work samples via email to: 

Attn: Maud Beelman

Executive Editor, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

555 N. Central Ave., Suite 302

Phoenix, AZ 85004

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Arizona State University’s full non-discrimination statement can be found at (, and the Title IX policy can be found at (

About the Cronkite School

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and is home to Arizona PBS, the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. The school’s mission to is to prepare the next generation of journalists and communications professionals while also taking responsibility for the fundamental news and information needs of the community through an innovative journalistic “teaching hospital.” In more than a dozen professional immersion programs, students create professional content under the guidance of faculty with deep industry experience and experiment with new ways of creating and delivering news and information. The school is located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in the heart of the nation’s 11th largest media market.

About the Scripps Howard Foundation

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism is made possible through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, which supports philanthropic causes important to the E.W. Scripps Company and the communities it serves. The foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Howard Center honors the legacy of Roy W. Howard, former chairman of the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain and a pioneering news reporter who combined the roles of publisher, editor and journalist.

About ASU

Arizona State University is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing public research universities, with a rich diversity of highly ranked programs and scholars that seek to solve pressing global and local issues through powerful partnerships. In 2017, ASU was ranked as the most innovative school in the country for the third year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. ASU is known for its development and championing of a new model for the American research university, creating an institution committed to excellence, access and impact.

About the Howard Center Faculty

Students in the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism will be guided by award-winning faculty.

  • Maud Beelman. The founding executive editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Beelman has been an investigative editor for more than two decades at The Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, where she was the founding director. Her investigations have won numerous national journalism awards, including the George Polk.


  • Leonard Downie Jr. The Weil Family Professor of Journalism is the former executive editor of The Washington Post. Downie led the newspaper to more Pulitzer Prizes than any editor in history. A founding member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, he specialized in investigative reporting throughout his career and teaches Cronkite courses on accountability journalism.


  • Sarah Cohen. The Knight Chair in Data Journalism came to the Cronkite School from The New York Times, where she served as data editor. She won a Pulitzer Prize at The Washington Post, where she also was data editor. She was president of Investigative Reporters & Editors and served as the Knight Professor at Duke University. She teaches data journalism at Cronkite.


  • Walter V. “Robby” Robinson. The Donald W. Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism is the former editor of The Boston Globe’s famed Spotlight investigative team. He won a Pulitzer Prize for work uncovering the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, which became the basis for the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight.” He teaches a course in investigative reporting at Cronkite.


  • Jacquee Petchel. A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist at The Miami Herald and an Emmy award-winning TV producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and WFOR-TV in Miami, Petchel is executive editor of Carnegie-Knight News21, the multi-university, in-depth journalism initiative based at Cronkite. She also has worked with students to produce award-winning television and radio documentaries about heroin and the prescription opioid epidemic.


  • Steven Doig. A pioneer in data journalism, Doig is a Pulitzer Prize winner from The Miami Herald and the school’s first Knight Chair in Data Journalism. He teaches data journalism part-time at Cronkite.