Charlotte Grimes is the former Knight Chair in Political Reporting at the Newhouse School.
Passions: Journalism. Democracy. Teaching journalism and its role in democracy.
Philosophy: "Journalism is an act of citizenship."
Check out: Her teaching material at knightpoliticalreporting.syr.edu. See her students' work at democracywise.syr.edu. And learn about the Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting at tonerprogram.syr.edu.
Philosophy 2: "Good political reporting helps people participate in democracy."
- Reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 20 years, 12 of them in its Washington bureau.
- Reporter for radio news and newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia.
- Memorable assignments included covering local and national campaigns and elections; the politics and policy of health care and international trade; the U.S. invasion of Panama; the United Nations during the Persian Gulf war; reconstructing the lives and deaths of five Catholic missionaries killed in Liberia's civil war; and reporting from Nicaragua, Mexico, China and Japan.
- Stories won national and local awards, and helped change state laws in Missouri to give better care to rape victims, children in foster care and the elderly in boarding homes.
- Was a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University; a visiting professor at the Newhouse School; a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University; director of the Washington internship program for the Scripps Howard Foundation; and head of the journalism program at Hampton University, a member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Virginia, laying the groundwork for the new Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
- A chocoholic who loves mysteries, thrillers and science fiction.
- Home was a boat—the "Freelance"—in Washington, D.C., for 12 years and a Winnebago for three years.