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June 22, 2009
By Zanny Marsh
David Morrow, the editor-in-chief of TheStreet.com, has been named the first Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the Reynolds School of Journalism of the University of Nevada, Reno and will join the school this fall.
Morrow has directed TheStreet.com since 2001, supervising a staff of 65 reporters and editors. The site has won numerous honors, including “best enterprise reporting” and “best commentary” from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers last year. More than eight million unique visitors come to the site each month.
Morrow was inducted this year into the Digital Hall of Fame by the Media Industry Newsletter. Before coming to TheStreet.com, Morrow was articles editor of SmartMoney magazine and a feature writer there, a business reporter for The New York Times, and a reporter for Fortune magazine.
“David has the perfect combination of deep experience in business news plus the understanding of journalism on the Internet that is so important to our school,” said Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism. “He embodies so much of what we do: Marry the values of traditional journalism with whatever platform works best for delivery of that journalism.”
“I am elated to join the staff at the Reynolds School at Nevada, Reno, and to be in a position funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation,” Morrow said. “Both are on the cutting edge of guiding the future of business journalism, not only in teaching the next generation of professionals but in steering the future of the profession.”
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation granted more than $2.2 million to the school last year to develop courses in business journalism, especially courses about the coming “green economy.” Morrow will work with Reynolds business chairs at Washington & Lee University, the University of Missouri and Arizona State University and with the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at ASU on articles, research projects and training seminars.
“No story is more compelling than the story of our economy,” Ceppos said. “But journalists need specialized training to understand the nuances of the story. David will teach our students how to write about the economy in interesting and accurate ways.” Part of the Reynolds grant will be used for specialized economics courses for journalism students in the University’s College of Business.