Cathy Shafran (Director) is a Special Lecturer at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan specializing in International Reporting and Broadcast Journalism. She has spent nearly 40 years working as a broadcast journalist somewhere in the world. Her field reporting includes covering conflicts from the streets of Flint, Michigan, to battlefields in the Middle East. She reported on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as well as uprisings on the Israeli/Lebanese boarder. Her work included reports from across Israel as well as Gaza, Southern Lebanon and Egypt. She also covered the Olympics in Seoul, Korea.
Linda Gradstein (International Reporting Instructor) is the Middle East Bureau Chief for The Media Line, one of the largest purveyors of content to the Arab World. For 20 years, she was the Jerusalem correspondent for National Public Radio and has won several awards for her coverage. She has also published stories in The Washington Post, Slate, and The Jerusalem Report. She has been a visiting professor of journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina. Linda speaks Hebrew and Arabic.
Ilene Prusher (International Reporting Instructor) is a multi-genre writer based in Jerusalem, who has covered some 30 countries in the course of her career as a foreign correspondent. She was a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor from 2000 to 2010, serving as the Boston-based newspaper’s bureau chief in Tokyo, Istanbul, and Jerusalem and covering the major conflicts of the past decade: Iraq and Afghanistan. She now teaches Reporting Conflict for NYU-Tel Aviv, runs creative writing workshops, writes for Haaretz, and writes Primigravida, a popular blog about motherhood. After graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1993, she started her career as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Later, she freelanced from the Middle East forNewsday, The New Republic, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Observer (UK). She was nominated by The Christian Science Monitor for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for ”What’s a Kidney Worth,” an investigative story on organ trafficking, and won the United Nations Correspondents’ Association (UNCA) Award in 1998 for several stories on Somalia. Her first novel, Baghdad Fixer, was released in November 2012 by Halban Publishers in London.
Ricki Rosen (Photojournalism Instructor) has worked as a photojournalist for over 25 years, based in New York and Jerusalem. She was a contract photographer for Time Magazine and her work has been published in all the major international publications including Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, People, Paris Match, and Figaro. Her work has also been featured in numerous books and exhibitions. She has also published several photgraphic books including Transformations: From Ethiopia to Israel,which features Ethiopian Jews during the Operations Solomon rescue mission and the same people transformed after 15 years in Israel, and Lone Soldiers, portraits of youth who come to Israel from around the world to serve in the army. She is also filming and editing video documentaries.