Former LA Times journalist named Reynolds Visiting Professor

December 21, 2011

Sharon Bernstein, an award-winning editor and reporter with more than 20 years of experience at the Los Angeles Times, has been named the Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism for the spring 2012 semester at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Bernstein helped direct the Times’ coverage of the 2008 financial crisis as assistant business editor. As a Times reporter, she contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of a bank shootout in 1998 and Southern California wildfires in 2004. Other awards include first place in investigative reporting from the Los Angeles Press Club and the Harry Chapin Media award for investigative reporting on the disadvantaged. She currently serves as online editor for NBC-LA. Download Full Image

At the Cronkite School, Bernstein will assist with business journalism courses and give presentations on business journalism for the school’s reporting courses. The position is made possible by a generous grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The Las Vegas-based foundation also supports the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School.

“We’re delighted to have an editor and reporter of Sharon Bernstein’s caliber to share her knowledge of business journalism with our Cronkite students,” said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center and the Reynolds Chair at Cronkite. “Throughout her career at the Los Angeles Times, she exhibited the professionalism and investigative curiosity so important in cutting through to today’s economic realities for the reader.”

Bernstein has served on the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.

“I am a great admirer of both the Cronkite School and the Reynolds Center,” Bernstein said. “Business journalism has never been more important, and I am honored and excited to be part of ASU's fantastic program.”

Bernstein is the Cronkite School’s third annual Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism. Leslie Wayne, business reporter for The New York Times, was the school’s inaugural visiting professor in spring 2010, and Susan Lisovicz, Wall Street reporter for CNN, was the visiting professor in spring 2011.

Reporter , ASU News


Lawrence Krauss to join ASU science book discussion

December 21, 2011

Lawrence Krauss will join the ASU Libraries Science Book Discussion to answer questions about his recent biography, "Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science," which was named by Physics World as book of the year for 2011.

The discussion is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9, in room 105 of Noble Library on the Tempe campus. Download Full Image

Krauss’ book examines and illuminates the life and work of Richard Feynman who was a flamboyant and brilliant physicist and lecturer. Feynman was well known for his ability to popularize physics and he revamped the introductory physics curriculum at Caltech in 1965 in a series of lectures that were captured in recordings and pictures as well as the manuscript, The Feynman Lectures on Physics. 

Feynman also assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and was the recipient of the Noble Prize in Physics in 1965. Like Feynman, Krauss excels at the ability to make physics and complicated ideas accessible and this book discussion is an opportunity to pursue these topics in a relaxed and informal setting.

Lawrence Krauss is a foundation professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Department of Physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU and the director of the university’s Origins Project. He is also the author of many best selling books, including "The Physics of Star Trek" and "Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond." His latest book, "A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing," will be available Jan. 10.

Please RSVP to to join the discussion. The book discussion is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, visit

Lisa Robbins

Editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications