FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Award-Winning Television Journalist to Join Loyola University Chicago Faculty
September 13, 2005, Chicago, IL Loyola University Chicago announces the addition of Phil Ponce, award-winning television journalist at WTTW11, to the faculty of its School of Communication, Technology and Public Service(SCTPS) and Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences. This position is in addition to Ponce’s duties as anchor and managing editor for news analysis on “Chicago Tonight” and host of “Chicago
Ponce has received numerous awards for his work including “Illinois Journalist of the Year,” an Emmy and five Peter Lisagor awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Last year he received the Studs Terkel Award for Journalism and honorary degrees from Loyola University Chicago and Elmhurst College, where he delivered
commencement speeches. Most recently, he received the City Club of Chicago’s Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Ponce has been appointed Distinguished Journalist in Residence. He will teach Broadcast Journalism beginning in spring, 2006. Students in the course will learn first-hand what it takes to develop a television newscast, from
researching issues and topics of shows to the airing of the final product. Ponce will serve as a mentor to students as he helps prepare them for success in this important field.
In addition to teaching, Ponce will speak on current issues affecting journalists and present forums at Loyola University Chicago that will be open to the public and focused on journalism-related issues. He will bring in outside speakers to serve on these panel discussions. Ponce’s first presentation is slated for December 6, 2005.
“Adding a local journalism icon like Phil Ponce to our stable of faculty shows how committed Loyola is to offering its students the best educational experience possible,” says Loyola President, Michael Garanzini, S.J. “We’re focused on preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, and to do that we need skilled industry veterans like Phil Ponce.”
Ponce started his career as a television journalist at WRTV in Indianapolis before coming to Chicago where he has worked at WBBM-TV and WTTW11. He also spent two years in Washington, D.C., as one of the anchors on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In addition to news panels, Ponce is an active moderator of political debates, most recently one between U.S. Senate candidates Barack Obama and Alan Keyes.
“This is an exciting opportunity to be able to translate what I do as a career into the classroom,” says Ponce. “And it’s a great time to join Loyola, as it is becomes the up-and-coming university in preparing students for journalism-related careers.”
About The School of Communication, Technology and Public Service
Launched in fall 2004, the new School of Communication, Technology and Public Service, based at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, is led by Dr. Harvey Jassem, director of the school and senior associate dean and professor of communication. The school offers programs leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of areas such as communication, computer science, criminal justice, human services, journalism, forensic science, public service and human services.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of 14,000 students, which includes 8,500 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees and 36 doctoral degrees and 3 professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.