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A Journalist's Journalist in a Changing World

Like the rest of the world, journalism and reporting have changed greatly since the turbulent 1960s when Allan Wolper was a college student working as a reporter at the Herald-News in Passaic-Clifton, N.J.  Print, television and radio now share news coverage with cable and internet media, tweets, blogs and podcasts.  But Wolper has more than kept pace, to the benefit of a couple generations of R-N students.

Currently, Wolper is senior journalism professor at Rutgers-Newark as well as the host and producer of Conversations with Allan Wolper, an award-winning weekly interview program with an international audience, broadcast on on WBGO 88.3 and simulcast on WBGO.org, the National Public Radio cultural affiliate in Newark, N.J.  He formerly was the “Ethics Corner” columnist for Editor & Publisher magazine, which reaches audiences of thousands worldwide via its website.  

He is an expert on First Amendment issues who mounted a one-hour, award-winning televised conference on the Bill of Rights, from the Rutgers-Newark campus.  In fact, during his years as journalism director, Wolper presented 15 journalism conferences, attracting some of the top names in journalism to the campus. Over that period, he guided the program from a concentration to a major, now housed within the Department of Arts, Culture and Media.

Wolper also supervises the journalism internship program, which has helped many students land jobs at major media news organizations, and is a member of the Media Board of the Rutgers Newark Observer, the campus newspaper.

Wolper’s journalism career included positions at publications ranging from the Herald-News to the Associated Press and the New York Post. He branched out into broadcast journalism as a writer/producer for WABC-TV, then produced an award-winning public affairs program, “Right To Know,” which was carried on several cable and public TV networks.  Wolper next took his brand of news reporting to radio through WBGO’s weekly program, WBGO Journal.

Along the way, Wolper’s print and broadcast stories have won accolades, including the Alfred I. DuPont- Columbia University Journalism Award – considered the “Pulitzer Prize of broadcast news” -- three National Cable Television Association ACE Awards, four ACE nominations, a New York area Emmy nomination, a silver medal from the International Radio and Television Society, a Headliners Club award, the Brechner First Amendment  Award from the University of Florida, and the national Sigma Delta Chi Bicentennial Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists.  Other honors have been bestowed by Penn State University, Northwestern University and The National Press Club.

Wolper received his bachelor’s degree from New York University.

The field of journalism continues to evolve, but wherever it goes, Wolper plans to be there in the thick of it.


Listen to Conversations With Allan Wolper