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Phil Ponce of WTTW Appointed Loyola University Chicago’s Visiting Professional in Residence in School of Communication
The Award-Winning Journalist Will Share His Interviewing Expertise through Series of Lectures and Workshops

CHICAGO, December 11, 2018—Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication has appointed Phil Ponce, the award-winning journalist and the Alexandra and John Nichols host of Chicago Tonight, as a visiting lecturer. After teaching in the school several years ago, Ponce will return as a visiting professional in residence and conduct a series of lectures and workshops on interviewing.

He developed an expertise in interviewing while working on Chicago Tonight, the nightly television magazine of news and culture on WTTW-11, the most-watched PBS station in the country. On the show, he conducts nightly interviews with newsmakers, authors, and artists. He also moderates panels on topics including business, medicine, the arts, and education.

“I am so pleased to return to Loyola, where the faculty are veterans of the industry and the students are motivated,” Ponce said. “More than ever, what journalists do is vital to our country, and preparing the next generation is a trust and duty. Rejoining the Loyola team is exciting and gratifying.”

Ponce’s career includes serving as an anchor on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and moderating political debates on campaigns ranging from the U.S. president to Chicago alderman. He has also been a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

Ponce earned an undergraduate degree in English from Indiana University and a law degree from the University of Michigan, and also practiced law for six years before becoming a journalist. Ponce’s awards include Illinois Journalist of the Year, the Studs Terkel Award for Journalism, and the City Club of Chicago’s Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Ponce and his wife, Ann, live in Chicago. Their two sons, Dan and Anthony, are also Chicago broadcasters; their daughter, Maria, is a Chicago photographer.

“I’m thrilled that Phil is returning to Loyola,” said John Slania, acting dean in the School of Communication. “He is a highly respected journalist and a great colleague. He brings a new degree of sophistication and energy to our program, and our students will benefit from his deep knowledge and experience.”

About the School of Communication
Located in Chicago, one of the world’s great communication centers, Loyola’s School of Communication provides an ideal setting for integrating study with practical application in the expanding field of communication. Students benefit from a distinguished scholarly faculty working with experienced professionals in the areas of journalism, media studies, documentary film production, cultural communication, and public advocacy. The school offers state-of-the-art on-site production facilities, labs, and equipment, as well as proximity to Chicago’s vast production community. Loyola is home to a 24-hour FM radio station, an award-winning student newspaper, and an extensive internship program. To learn more about the school, visit LUC.edu/communication or follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 17,000 students. Nearly 12,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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