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Christopher Adams

Adjunct Instructor School of Communication

Christopher Adams is an adjunct professor of Journalism. He is an investigative editor and reporter in the McClatchy Washington Bureau, working on national investigations for all of the company’s papers. He has previously worked for the Wall Street Journal and the Times-Picayune. He has had several beats—education, the steel industry, health care, race relations, the environment.

His reporting has won multiple awards including the George Polk Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism (twice), the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Worth Bingham Prize, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting, the National Headliner Award, the Livingston Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Washington Reporting, the SPJ/SDX Award for Washington Reporting, and a Heywood Broun Award. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1996, 1999 and 2010, and in 2000 was part of a six-person Journal team that won the Pulitzer for stories on Pentagon spending.


MA in Political Science from the University of New Orleans and a BA Journalism and Political Science from Iowa State

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  • Summer 2016

  • Fall 2016