Reynolds Center names 3 veteran journalists as visiting professors

August 23, 2012

Three veteran journalists have been named the Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professors at Central Michigan, Elon and Louisiana State universities under a $1.67 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

The five-year program will ultimately create 11 visiting professorships at 11 different schools. It is administered through the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Download Full Image

The visiting professors who will teach in the spring semester of 2013 are:

Dianne M. Finch at Elon University. Finch was multimedia manager for the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT. She was previously a health and science reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio and a reporter for Bloomberg News in Boston.

Noelle Knox at Louisiana State University. Knox is a media consultant in Brussels, where she had once been a foreign correspondent for USA Today. She has also been real estate editor for the Associated Press, a business writer for USA Today and a freelance contributor to The New York Times.

Micheline Maynard at Central Michigan University. Maynard served as senior editor of Changing Gears, a project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She is a former senior business correspondent and Detroit bureau chief for The New York Times and held similar positions for USA Today.

The professorships will enable students at the three universities to get valuable training in a specialized and increasingly critical area of journalism, said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center and the Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School.

“We are delighted with the quality and commitment of the three professors and universities in this second year of the program as we seek to improve the quality of business journalism,” Leckey said. “Last year’s inaugural visiting professors did an outstanding job, and we are enthusiastic about the opportunity ahead of the incoming professors.”

The inaugural group of Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professors taught in spring 2012 at Colorado State University, Grambling State University, the University of South Carolina and Texas Christian University. The Reynolds Visiting Professorships are modeled on successful programs at Washington and Lee University and the Cronkite School. The Reynolds Center also has sponsored a four-day seminar for prospective business journalism professors for the past six years.

Besides teaching courses in business journalism, visiting professors will help establish partnerships with local media and contribute to, the Reynolds Center’s site to help journalists cover business better. The program also includes funding for student internships and guest lectures by professional business journalists.

To become or host a visiting professor in 2014:

Two more accredited journalism programs will be selected next year to host visiting business journalism professors in spring 2014.

• Prospective universities can apply at Visiting Professor Program – University Application.

• Prospective visiting business journalism professors can apply at Visiting Professor Program – Professor Application.

About the Reynolds Center

Since 2003, more than 15,000 journalists have learned to cover business better through free training from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. The center is at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University's Phoenix campus. The center offers regional workshops and webinars, as well as daily tips to cover business better at

It is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed over $115 million nationwide through its Journalism Program.

Andrew Leckey,
President, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

Reporter , ASU News


WaterMatch website connects companies, universities to promote water reuse

August 23, 2012

CH2M HILL’s WaterMatch, a grassroots, goodwill initiative that promotes the reuse of municipal effluent for industrial and agricultural use, is expanding through collaborations with companies and universities around the world. Arizona State University and Intel are among the targets for this expansion in the U.S.

CH2M HILL, a program management, construction management and design firm located in Denver, developed WaterMatch as a free website that uses social networking and geospatial mapping to connect water generators with water users. “We are expanding WaterMatch and the grassroots water reuse revolution to promote progress through partnerships and projects on the ground,” said Jan Dell, vice president at CH2M HILL. “We invite companies, municipalities and universities to join us in this effort.” Download Full Image

CH2M HILL launched WaterMatch in 2011. Recognizing the importance of water reuse and the low rates of implementation around the world, corporations and universities are partnering with WaterMatch to promote reuse and sustainable water management through a variety of actions. WaterMatch has more than 21,000 potential water reuse sources and is growing daily (

ASU and Intel are working with local municipalities in Arizona and the U.S. Southwest to populate the WaterMatch map and associated wastewater treatment plant profiles. They also are conducting research into the uses and benefits of WaterMatch.

“Sustainable water management is a key focus at Intel,” said Gary Niekerk, director of Corporate Citizenship at Intel. “We created the external collaboration with CH2M HILL‘s WaterMatch, ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City to increase water sustainability in our local community.” Niekerk added that Intel believes that technology can play an important role in addressing the world’s sustainability challenges.

The university program will leverage what is learned from successful pilot projects at Arizona State University and the University of California-San Diego.

“Our students are eager to engage on the critical issue of water sustainability in Arizona and work on a grassroots project,” said John Sabo, director of Research Development at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability. “It’s great to see the program our students helped to pilot expand globally.”

Also helping to populate the map and grow the user base are SGS, a global inspection, testing, verification and certification company in Poland; British Water in the United Kingdom; and ConocoPhillips, working in Indonesia.

To tap into the energy and creativity of students, and offer them real-world learning experiences that support local community and economic development, WaterMatch is collaborating on a global WaterMatch Makers university program with Net Impact, a global nonprofit that supports a new generation of leaders who work for a more sustainable world.

Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications