It is a great privilege to edit Clarion, the newspaper of PSC members, especially as you engage in a battle for the future of public higher education. It’s an understatement to say that Peter Hogness, who retired as editor this summer, will be a tough act to follow, but I shall do my best.
My aim is simply to continue to provide the same great mix of stories and information that Clarion has long presented – news and features about topics of critical importance to you in this age of disinvestment in public education, in addition to the profiles and human interest stories that share with our readers the projects and advocacy work of PSC individuals and groups. And, of course, we will continue to welcome your essays and letters to these pages.
I come to this position with a background in both labor and journalism; a lifelong member of the labor movement, I devoted much of my career to chronicling the right wing of American politics for progressive and liberal media outlets. Most recently, I served as The American Prospect’s senior editor.
As a product of New Jersey’s public education system (from kindergarten through college), my passion is strong for the fight you are waging, a fight for the resources fundamental to providing students with the education they deserve – a fair contract for you, adequately funded facilities and departments, and a workload and class sizes that ensure an academic environment that is conducive to learning.
More than anything, I wish to continue Clarion’s grand tradition as an advocacy tool for the educators and education professionals who bring such dedication to their work at CUNY, one of the nation’s greatest public education systems, and for the cause of providing higher education to the working people of the City of New York.
As always, Clarion is your newspaper. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your letters, essays, story ideas and tips at [email protected]